Celia Snipes Shealy (NEWBERRY, S.C.)

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Celia Snipes 'Mama' Shealy, 87, of 20977 US Highway 76, Newberry, widow of Rev. W. D. 'Pop' Shealy, Jr. died Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Shealy was born on December 16, 1919 in Cordsville, SC to the late Willie Eugene and Leila Irene Garris Snipes. She was co-founder of Boys Farm, Inc. where she served as Treasurer and Consultant and was the mother to over 400 boys from areas of the western hemisphere. She was a member of First Southern Methodist Church of Greenville. Mrs. Shealy is survived by a daughter, C. Louise Shealy Kerr of Greenville; a son, Walter Dixon Shealy, III and wife Jean of Newberry; sisters and brothers-in-law, Henrietta and Woody Killingsworth of Charleston and Willette and Tommy Foy of Columbia; a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy G. and Ruth Snipes of Charleston; four grandchildren, Johnny Kerr, Clayton Vance Kerr, Walter Dixon Shealy, IV, and William Russell Shealy; a great granddaughter, Kaley Kerr; loved one, John R. Kerr of Greenville; and the boys and men whose lives she touched while at Boys Farm. She was predeceased by brothers Phillip Charles Snipes and William Eugene Snipes Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 7:30 P.M. at Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at Boys Farm Inc., 6655 SC Hwy 34-121, Newberry by Rev. David Clark and Rev. Eddie Bledsoe. Gravesides services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday at Graceland Cemetery, 4814 White Horse Rd, Greenville. Memorials may be made to Boys Farm, Inc., P.O. Box 713, Newberry, SC 29108. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Board of Directors of Boys Farm, Inc. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-June 1, 2008