Dr. Fred G. Shealy, Jr., 67, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 15, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
“Buster” was born in Seneca, SC to the late Fred G. Shealy, Sr. and Albertie Wyman Shealy. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from Clemson University and his Medical Doctor degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he also met his wife, Susan. He completed his surgical training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA, and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He and Susan married in 1973 and came to Hendersonville to start his own General, Vascular, and Thoracic surgery practice in 1976.
Known to many as “Doc,” his passion for healing, gift of a steady hand, and caring bedside manner touched many lives in Hendersonville over his 30 years in practice. While doctoring was his primary occupation, his interests and energy spread far and wide. He played football at Clemson University, started Three Arrows Cattle Company in Flat Rock, and was the only physician in the state of North Carolina to be sworn-in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department. He was also a skilled archer and hunter with a love for western movies and the acoustic guitar. But, most of all, he was a dedicated and loving husband and father.
He is preceded in death by his father, Fred G. Shealy, Sr., his father-in-law, Kenneth Toombs, and his brother-in-law, Jim Pardue, and is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan, his 3 children: F. Gray Shealy, III of New York, NY, Heather Elizabeth Shealy of Charleston, SC, and R. Wells Shealy of Flat Rock, his mother, Albertie “Bertie” Wyman Shealy, his sister, Rosiland “Rosie” Pardue, both of Hendersonville, his niece, Kimberly Pardue Peeler of Boiling Springs, SC, his mother-in-law, Teresa Toombs of Columbia, SC, sisters-in-law, Cheri Morris of Lexington, NC, and Teresa Heilman of Irmo, SC, and countless friends that he considered to be family.
The family sends their deepest gratitude to Dr. James Radford and staff, and the staff of Four Seasons Hospice and the Elizabeth House for their extraordinary care and compassion.
The family will receive friends from 6:00PM until 8:00PM on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Gethsemane Baptist Church with Reverend Randy Bane officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who preserves under trial because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”