Howard Earl Sheely took his final bow at the age of 89 on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Born at Fort Bragg Military Hospital on October 9, 1931, he was a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, NC, and a veteran of the Korean War. He is preceded in death by his parents: Earl David Sheely and Sarah Dorothea Gurganious Sheely; sister: Avis R. Sheely Whatley Richardson; and aunt: Sadie E. Gurganious.
Although temperamental at times, Howard was a kind and good person who loved life and was respected by all who knew his talents and efforts. With a keen sense of humor, twinkle in his eye, and mischievous ways he once stood on a roof with a shovel to knock down a wasp nest and paddled in Staten Island Harbor shipping lanes on a wooden cable wheel. After graduating from Seventy-First School in 1950, he joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War where he served in Seoul, Korea, as an Aircraft Control & Warning (AC&W) radar operator. Completing military service, he attended Western Carolina College in Cullowhee, NC, majoring in English and Fine Arts. At the age of 25, he began a career in hair styling at Fayetteville Beauty College where he became the top Cosmetologist, eventually teaching at the college and at Fayetteville Technical Institute/Community College for 35 years. Besides his professional career, he enthusiastically participated in the Fayetteville Little Theatre Group; avidly read history, classics, and thrillers; creatively painted Impressionist-style art; quietly wrote colorful stories and poetry; and had a tremendous love for singing, popular music genre, and ballroom dancing.
Continuing to celebrate Howard’s memory are his brother: Adrian R. Sheely and wife, Joanne (AZ); sisters: Diana I. Sheely (NC)-Sara M. Brackin (AZ), Kelly Sheely Makuta (GA); nephews: David C. Whatley and wife, Joanne (GA); Michael I. Sheely & wife, Tiana (TX); Stephen R. Sheely (WA); nieces: Linda L. Richardson Gargiulo and husband, David (CA); Kellyn E. Nally and wife, Jan (GA); Brittany Darden Lee and husband, Anthony (GA); grandnephews: Jeff and Jason Whatley; Duncan, Luke, and Cole Sheely; Kyler Darden; and grandnieces: Kimberly Whatley Cannon; Jennifer Gargiulo; and Kaitlyn Sheely, and numerous great-grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and one great-great-grandniece, Scarlett.
In lieu of a memorial or flowers, Howard requested donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 USA; http://www.stjude.org.
Arrangements made by Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc.
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