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Originally published: 2013-01-18 12:50:02
Last modified: 2013-01-18 15:26:21

Edwin A Shelley Jr

Edwin A. Shelley, Jr., 77, of Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Born March 18, 1935, in Alabama, he was the son of the late Edwin A. Shelley and Elizabeth Cannon Shelley.

Edwin graduated from Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1953, he was an active member of Jr. ROTC and Boy Scouts, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Edwin attended Auburn University on a full Navy ROTC scholarship and was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1957.

Upon graduation, Mr. Shelley was a proud member of the United States Navy, earning the rank of Second Lieutenant while he served onboard the USS Saratoga and taught at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mr. Shelley subsequently enjoyed a career at the University of South Carolina, retiring after 30 years of dedicated service as the head of Physical Facilities Project Development. Although Mr. Shelley completed several projects of importance, he felt his greatest achievement was the construction of Williams-Brice Stadium and his oversight of facility operations during the many football games and events held there.

Edwin was an active member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis, and a long-time former member of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C. Also in Columbia, S.C., Mr. Shelley was a long-time member of Forest Lake Club and The Camellia Ball, as well as a Board member of The Finlay House. Edwin was a devoted and loving husband, father, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife Francile Scott Shelley.

He is survived by a son, Fred Scott Shelley and his wife, Nan, of Birmingham, Ala,; two daughters, Elizabeth Pruett Shelley of Greenville, S.C., and Melissa Shelley Guillotin and husband, Bertrand, of Cary; a grandson, Sébastien Guillotin of Cary; and two sisters, Sarah Kelso and husband, Richard, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ibby Davis and husband, Michael, of Maryville, Tenn.

Memorial services for Mr. Shelley will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Committal services will be private. The family will receive friends following the memorial service in Skiles Hall.

The family respectfully requests no flowers and suggests memorials to Holy Cross Episcopal Church, PO Box 645, Valle Crucis, NC 28691.

Online condolences may be sent to the Shelley family at