Joyce Owen Shealy, 79, of Newberry went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mrs. Shealy was born on May 20, 1936, the only daughter of the late Thomas Marvin Owen and Mary Alice Long Owen Smith. After Mr. Owen's death in World War II, Mrs. Owen married the late William Kendall Smith, who was very devoted to her family and whom Joyce loved dearly.

Joyce graduated from Newberry High School in 1954 and earned a degree from Newberry College School of Business. She worked in Columbia at Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph and in Newberry for the City of Newberry in the Financial Department until she retired.

Joyce was a member of Central United Methodist Church until she met and married the love of her life, Andrew Shealy. She then moved her membership to his church, O' Neal Street United Methodist Church, where she was a very active and treasured member. She attended the Adult Sunday School Class and served on many of the church's committees, including the Parsonage Committee and the Nomination Committee. One of the joys of her life was teaching in the Children's Sunday School for 25 years. She was a member of the O' Neal Street United Methodist Women where she was first a member of the former Eppie Chandler Circle and then the Nan Layton Circle, where she served as treasurer for many years. Of all the committees on which she worked at O' Neal, she particularly enjoyed the one responsible for decorating the church for Christmas and Easter and the fellowship hall for special occasions. For all of her work with the U.M.W., Joyce was awarded the Lifetime Pin. She was also a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Shealy was a lover of all forms of art, even caricatures, but she particularly enjoyed painting scenes in nature. She attended many art appreciation classes in Chapin. Perhaps more even than art, Joyce loved animals. She was an advocate of humane treatment and protection of all species. Many a kitten who found its way to her porch was the recipient of her care and loving kindness.

Mrs. Shealy lovingly devoted her life to her family and is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Andrew Shealy of Newberry, daughter, Renee Shealy Lindler (Stanley) of Peak, granddaughter, Andrea Renee Lindler of Chapin, brother, Timothy Marvin Owen (Nancy) of Newberry, a number of nieces and nephews and her treasured pets, “Miss Piggie, “Pee Wee” and “Pee Wee II”.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, August 16, 2015, at O' Neal Street United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to O' Neal Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be Larry Mims, Barry Mims, Ronnie Shealy, Bobby Shealy, Russell Shealy, David Long, Craig Bedenbaugh and Paul Dillon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Shealy, Lee Foster, Jackie Swindler, members of the United Methodist Women and Men of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church.

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#32 Kem and Rita 2015-09-02 10:34
Andrew, we are sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. We loved her dearly and have a lot of fond memories that we shall cherish. May God grant you peace and comfort. Rita and Kem Thomas
#31 Doug Riggin 2015-09-01 16:37
Chief, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time.
#30 Terry Sease and fami 2015-08-17 18:49
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
#29 Phyllis Sanders 2015-08-16 20:26
Prayers and deepest sympathy to all of you. May God's love surround you and give you peace.
Philip and Phyllis Sanders
#28 Linda Graham 2015-08-16 17:21
Mr. Shealy, Renee and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Shealy was a lovely lady who will be missed by many. My thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.
#27 Elisa West Cox 2015-08-16 17:03
Renee, I'm sorry about you Mom. Always loved her & spending time at your house. Will be praying for you. Love, Elisa
#26 Olivia 2015-08-16 10:20
Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#25 Henry Franklin 2015-08-15 16:15
Mr. Andrew and family,
Some of my earliest memories are of you and "Miss Joyce" with your ever-present smiles. Daddy thought so much of you both. I know too well how much you will miss her, but you have the Blessed Assurance of seeing her again. My prayers will be with you and your family in the coming days ahead. God bless!
Henry Franklin
#24 Carolyn Partridge 2015-08-15 15:37
Andrew and family,
So saddened to hear about Joyce. I know you have many sweet memories that hopefully will offer some comfort to you in the weeks to come. She was a precious lady.
Carolyn and Bob
#23 Margaret Hawkins 2015-08-15 15:33
Andrew and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. May you take comfort in all the precious memories you have and knowing that she is resting in the arms of our Lord.
#22 Sinclair Talbot 2015-08-15 13:48
Andrew and family, we are thinking of you in your loss. I so very much remember how Joyce so lovingly took care of her mother at JF Hawkins when my parents were there. She was a special lady who always had a smile to offer. God bless you in the days ahead.
#21 Michael Griffith 2015-08-15 05:13
Andrew,Renee,Ar drea, and Tim sorry for your loss she was a strong and sweet person God Bless You
#20 Phil & Joy Bouknight 2015-08-14 23:32
We are deeply sorry to hear of Mrs. Joyce ' s passing. She was a warm, caring lady and was always interested in our family. She was a dear lady and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories offer you comfort and may God grant you peace. Phil and Joy
#19 Sheriff Lee Foster 2015-08-14 22:07
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ms. Joyce. She was such a wonderful lady to me and my family. I respected her love for animals. You can tell a persons true character by how they treat God's animals. We hold you up in our prayers. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#18 Donna Jacobs 2015-08-14 22:00
Andrew, Tim and families, I am so very sorry to learn of Joyce's passing. She was a very special lady. May our Lord grant you peace and understanding. Love and prayers.
#17 Crystal Perdue Cheek 2015-08-14 21:53
We are so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Joyce was a very special lady! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Love always,
Crystal Perdue Cheek and family
Richmond Hill, Ga.
#16 Byrd, Susan & Wink 2015-08-14 21:32
Our Hearts are so Sad. We are thinking of You all with Love & Prayer. She will be truly missed. There is a wonderful "Welcome Home Party" in Heaven today.
#15 Peggy Marlowe 2015-08-14 21:10
Andrew, Renee and family, You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of Joyce,she was a great person,and will be greatly missed. Aunt "P" & Johnny Marlowe
#14 Jane and Perry Threa 2015-08-14 20:46
Dearest Andrew, Renee, and Andrea,

Your loss is also a loss for for all of us who knew and loved Joyce ------ and there are many of us. Please know that our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.

B. Perry and Jane
#13 Marvin Calloway 2015-08-14 20:26
Andrew & Renee, I'm so sorry for your loss, Ellen and I are praying for you and your family. God bless you.
#12 Lee & Pat Turner 2015-08-14 20:18
May peace be with you all during this difficult time.
#11 Brenda smith 2015-08-14 19:17
Andrew, I am sorry to hear of you loss of Joyce. She was a very special lady. God bless you and your family and give you peace.
#10 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2015-08-14 19:07
Chief, Renee & Family, so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing others care. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Dan & Robbie
#9 Butch & Tricia Price 2015-08-14 19:05
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Butch & Tricia Price
#8 Elaine Hawkins 2015-08-14 17:14
We want to express our deepest sympathy to your family. May the Lord be with all of you. Tim, James and I are thinking of you, and we are so sorry.
James and Elaine Hawkins
#7 June Force 2015-08-14 17:10
My deepest sympathy to all. Joyce was a very nice person and I know she will be missed by all. Please know you are in my prayers
#6 Rick & Kaye Bedenbaugh 2015-08-14 16:34
Dear Andrew,Renee & Family, we are sorry to hear of the passing of our friend, Joyce, words cannot express our sorrow. We will always remember her saying to us and to many Sweet Jesus, She will remain in our hearts forever. We pray God will be with all of you.

Rick & Kaye Bedenbaugh
#5 Karen L. Smith 2015-08-14 16:04
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Joey and Karen Lindler Smith
#4 Billy & Edith Morris 2015-08-14 13:54
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Joyce. May your sweet memories carry you through your grief.
Billy & Edith Morris
#3 Belle Morris 2015-08-14 13:44
Andrew and Renee and family, I am so sorry to hear of Joyce passing. She will certainly be missed.She was such a sweet lady. May God be with you. Love Belle
#2 Rose & Chuck Meadows 2015-08-14 11:44
Mr.Andrew,Renee and family, we are so sorry to hear about Mrs.Joyce.She was such a wonderful lady and always so sweet.She will be truly missed.We pray God will be with you.
#1 Coroner Craig Newton 2015-08-14 09:44
Andrew, Robyn and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joyce. Our prayers are with you and all of your family. May God provide you with strength, understanding, and guidance through this difficult time.

Robyn and Craig Newton

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