Watson V. Shelton, 96, a real estate and insurance broker here for more than 60 years, died Thursday at the Newport Convalescent Center in Newport News, Va., after a stroke.

A native of Stafford County, Va., Mr. Shelton came to this area in 1908. He worked as a surveyor for a short time and then entered the real estate and insurance business. He was employed by the Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co. before joining the old Abell and Dawson Agency here, from which he retired in 1974.

He and his late wife, the former Maud Holland, were married in 1915 and lived in the same Chevy Chase house until her death last August. Mr. Shelton then moved into an apartment in Chevy Chase, where he lived until moving to the convalescent center last December.

Mr. Shelton was a notary public here from 1927 until 1977 and a charter member of the American Society of Notaries. He recently presented his first notary commision, signed by President Calvin Coolidge, to the society for its archives.

He was a York Rite Mason, a member of Potomac Lodge of the Lafayette chapter of the Potomac commandery and a life Shriner of the Almas Temple.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha S. Castle, of Alexandria, and Vivian S. Vose, of Newport News, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.