Jacob Rudolph “Rudy” Sheely, 82, of Little Mountain, died Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at his residence.

Born on August 11, 1933, in Little Mountain, he was the son of the late Jacob Elonzo and Hattie Hercelia Stoudemayer Sheely. He graduated Newberry College in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Sheely taught school in Clinton, SC, was employed with the S.C. Highway Department and retired after 33 years with Tarmac America, Inc. as sales manager. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia and the Little Mountain Ruritan. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he had the privilege of serving in various roles on many of the programs and committees within the church, all of which have been a source of joy and fulfillment to be able to serve the Lord in this way. Some of those activities included the Church Council, Lutheran Men, Choir, Treasurer, Youth Ministry and Sunday School where he was a teacher and Superintendent.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shelby Richardson Sheely; a son, Jay (Charlotte) Sheely of Little Mountain; daughters, Rudell Lester of Mt. Pleasant and Kimberly (Rod) Steffy of Chapin; sisters, Sarah Paysinger of Phoenix, AZ and Betty Ann Shealy of Chapin; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and special friend and cargiver, Tessie Mendenhall.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, December 17, 2015, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. Brett Collins. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Trinity Life Center at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to the church building fund, PO Box 186, Little Mountain, SC 29075.

Active pallbearers will be Lynn Shealy, Danny Shealy, Wayne Shealy, Jimmy Sheely, Parker Lester, Connor Steffy and Tanner Steffy.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Men.

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#11 Tammy Metts 2015-12-17 14:25
Mrs. Shelby & family, we were so sorry to hear of Mr. Rudy's passing. He was a fine man. I don't know of any time I saw him that he didn't have a smile on his face & always a kind word. You all are in our thoughts & prayers.
Tammy & Bernie
#10 Karen Lindler Smith 2015-12-17 11:15
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Joey and Karen Lindler Smith
#9 Mary Koon Latif 2015-12-17 06:08
Shelby and Family, I was sorry to learn of Rudy's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Alexandria, Virginia
#8 Sheriff Lee Foster 2015-12-16 20:22
What a good man with a great family. We are so sorry for the loss of Mr. Rudy. He was always very kind to me and never failed to ask about our family and engage in a friendly conversation. He was a man of God and community. We uphold you in the prayer that the memories of a wonderful life will offer you some comfort during the grief. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#7 Sam Jefcoat 2015-12-16 19:25
Little Mountain has lost another great individual. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Sam Jefcoat
#6 Linda Richardson 2015-12-16 19:15
We are so sorry for your loss
You all are in our prayers
May God give you all peace and comfort during your grief
Eddie Linda and Blake Richardson
#5 Eugene Burrus 2015-12-16 12:37
Rudelle, Kim and families
Please know that we will be uplifting all of your families in the coming days. Mr Rudy was always a pillar of the community from the time that I first remember him as a young boy. My father had the greatest respect for him in addition to liking him. Mr. Rudy has finished the race and now has joined the vast cloud of witnesses awaiting the return of ou Lord and Savior.
#4 Mary Koon Latif 2015-12-16 05:52
Shelby and family, I was sorry to learn of Rudy's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Alexandria, VA
#3 Mary Koon Latif 2015-12-15 18:10
Shelby and Family, I am sorry to hear of Rudy's death. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that he lived a wonderful life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Latif
Alexandria, VA
#2 Cindy Farr 2015-12-15 18:05
Please accept our sympathy at the passing of Mr. Rudy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May good memories help ease the pain of this loss.
Allen, Cindy, Jesse and Jenna Farr
#1 Lisa A Mowbray 2015-12-15 13:02
It is with great sadness I hear of Mr. Rudy's passing. Still remember him telling me to use both hands to hold the bat while playing ball at Lindler Field. Little did anyone know I had fallen down a him at girl scout camp that day and broken my arm. I so wanted to play softball I hid it from everyone until time to bat and I could not use that arm. Mr. Rudy would pick at me about that until this day.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,

Gaynell and Patricia Amick
Lisa and Forrest Mowbray

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