Our Specialists

J.W. Shelton Auction & Realty is a real estate and auction company that has been in business since 1954.


Our team of agents are ready to help you reach your real estate goals by making your needs our number one priority. We recognize you have a choice when it comes to working with a real estate professional. Our team of agents looks forward to earning your trust and helping you discover the smarter way to buy or sell a home.

Our combined real estate experience and unparalleled knowledge of the region are at your service.

Sam Watts

Owner / Broker / Auctioneer

(434) 572-4647


Sam Watts is the Owner / Broker / & Auctioneer of J.W. Shelton Auction & Realty.

Sam purchased the company from the founder, Jimmy Shelton in 1991. Sam worked under Mr. Shelton for about 10 years prior, learning first hand, all aspects of the real estate trade. J.W. Shelton Auction & Realty has been in operation since 1955 & is very well known in the community. Sam donates his time & auctioneering skills to various community organizations & events, such as the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show & Sale, Ducks Unlimited, many church, school, and benefit events. If he is not offering his services as an auctioneer, he may be playing bluegrass at local community events, since he plays mandolin, guitar, fiddle, & sometimes banjo & does a great job singing the auctioneer song. Since horses & the farm are a great love, he does specialize in selling farms, whether it is 5 acres or 500 acres.

Cell: (434) 572-7156
Fax: (434) 572-2798

James F. Jennings, Jr. (Jay)

Realtor®

(434) 572-4647


Jay was born and raised in Halifax, Virginia. He is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Tech with a major in property management, having helped his father with his construction company, worked as a site superintendent in Richmond for a commercial construction company and then as a superintendent for 5 years for a local construction company. Jay currently works in the Maintenance Dept. with Halifax County Public Schools and spends his remaining time on real estate and side construction/maintenance projects. He is a firm believer in customer service; it has always been a top priority because "it's hard to come by these days."


Cell: (434) 579-3084
Fax: (434) 572-2798

Priscilla Lassiter

Realtor®

(434) 572-4647


Priscilla is retired from Sun Trust Bank, she makes her home in Virgilina and works for the town of Virgilina. Give her a call if you are looking to sell your home or to buy one. Priscilla is very knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate.


Fax: (434) 572-2798

Jellpa (Jill) Conner

Realtor®

(434) 572-4647


My name is Jellpa J. Conner, but most people know me as “Jill”.

I am originally from the Phillipines. I have lived in the U.S. for over 19 years. I’m very proud to say that I have been an American citizen since 1999. I have been happily married to Michael Conner of South Boston for 14 years and have 2 wonderful boys, Nicholas (Nick) 13 and Dale 10. I was an employed by J.P. Stevens for 10 years until their closing. Since then I have taken a number of different classes, mostly pertaining to nursing, human services, business management and real estate. I am presently employed with “Southside Medical Associates P.C.” I am energetic and really enjoy working with people. I look forward to serving the community for all their real estate needs.


Cell: (434) 470-0661
Fax: (434) 572-2798

Dana Howerton Smith

Realtor®

(434) 476-2858


Dana Howerton Smith has been a real estate agent for over 13 years, with family roots in timber, farming, cattle, and land subdivision spanning over a lifetime.She grew up here in Halifax County, leaving for college, only to return to what she loved. Dana has always been known as a hard worker to everyone beginning as a young girl" handing leaves" on the family's tobacco farm. She loves people and animals unlike many will ever. She can drive a tractor, she can drive a nail!

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Dana's personal hobbies include country cooking, gardening, photography, cosmetology, and singing. If there is a "toon" nearby in the air, especially bluegrass music, chances are she is there, and you might even catch her singing! Dana is married to Tyler Smith, who is a maintenance technician at J.M Huber Corp. Where they manufacture high-grade wood and flooring for homes, etc. They live out in the country on their hobby farm and raise goats, donkeys, minis, rabbits, doves, pigeons, pigs, ducks, even the occasional emu will run by!The family is passionate about four wheeling, fishing, and camping. "We are a God, guns, and glory style of family" is how Dana describes them as a unit. Here for each other, here for all, thankful for what we do have because we worked hard to earn it!" Dana's 13-year-old son, is Stevey Raey, an 8th-grade honors student at HCMS. He LOVES video games and modern technology.He is the young "go to tech guy" that keeps mom's internet,pc, and all other devices going. He, like mother, loves going in to see the many homes for sale, especially those near us on Kerr Lake.Dana still predicts he will be her house flipping partner in the future.

Dana wears her heart on her sleeve and loves this business. She has an eye for what properties need to make them sell, and she will bend over backward to make it happen. Be sure and ask her about the squirrel in the attic story! She has personally landscaped, hauled off debris, painted, mulched, decorated, staged and hosted open houses so her seller and buyer were both pleased. There are many client references about customer satisfaction and praises of her work to see.Dana also has intuition as to where to advertise properties so that the listings are best showcased to potential buyers.She uses many websites, newspapers, and even magazines to showcase properties in the best way suited!

Dana is experienced with residential, commercial, farms, land, timber, and manages rentals ".Her favorite sign says SOLD! She brings experienced interior design with knowledge of the past but a vision of the future.

So, in summary, Dana is a bubbly, hard working, people pleaser who is just trying her best to earn an honest living by following her passion, in all forms of real estate!

"You've read this far! Why haven't you called her yet?"


Cell: (434) 470-2826
Fax: (434) 572-2798

Cheryl Watts

Sales Associate

(434) 476-2858


Nights & Weekends (434) 476-2858


Cell: (434) 476-8111
Fax: (434) 572-2798