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Rodney Ryan Shealy Sr.

August 20, 2010

IRMO – Rodney Ryan “””Rod””” Shealy, Sr. died Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at MUSC.

Born in Columbia on December 22, 1953, Shealy was the son of Elsie Porth Shealy and the late Sen. Ryan C. Shealy of Lexington. He attended Lexington High School and USC, and was a political consultant, newspaper owner/publisher, writer, and businessman.

Shealy ran numerous political campaigns in South Carolina and elsewhere throughout the last four decades, often pulling off wins considered impossible by pundits. He founded a consulting company and a printing business, and he owned five weekly newspapers.

Shealy was easily identified by his trademark Hawaiian shirts as well as by his guitar playing and sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother; two sons, Rodney Ryan “””RJ””” Shealy, Jr. of Irmo and S. Ross Shealy (Carla); his two grandchildren, Nina Shealy and Redding Shealy of Cayce; three sisters, Sherry Martschink (Karl J. Duppstadt) of Summerville, Christy Mills (Glen) of Prosperity and Lorri Unumb (Dan) of Lexington; one brother, S. Shawn Shealy (Catherine) of Columbia; one step-daughter, Amy Kuenzel (Will) of Charleston; wife, Patricia Love Shealy of Irmo; former wife, Rebecca Beheler Shealy of West Columbia; five nieces and seven nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter””‘s Lutheran Church, Lexington, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. In tribute to Rod, Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.

Visitation is Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Autism Academy of South Carolina, 125 Ashworth Dr., Lexington, SC, 29072.

Published in The State on August 20, 2010

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