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Long-time Shelby County Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton died Saturday at Baptist Hospital Northeast Hospice Unit in LaGrange. Stratton was 86.
A businessman and owner of Stratton Sporting Goods for 25 years, he was the county's judge-executive from 1981-2002. As judge-executive, Stratton presided over the building of the current jail, the buying of the courthouse annex and the building of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency and the Stratton Center, which was named for him. He extended water lines in the county and saw most of the county's roads get paved.
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