"It is no surprise to me he has been telling tales since he could talk
and I often had to warm his rear for it."
Wallace was born in Aiken, SC but since has lived all over. From Dallas and Detroit to Silicon Valley while he managed system engineers, developed training and new technology at Ross Perot’s EDS and GM. He used to enjoy annual trips to Golden, CO to IBM Publishing, where he really went to enjoy another passion — eating at a favorite spot the Briarwood Inn. He was featured in Modern Technology in a story about his advances in publishing using IBM’s BookMaster and GDDM which were forerunners of today’s web tools like HTML5.
Pastor Shealy served congregations in Waco, Montgomery, Shreveport, and Williamsburg plus a call to the Church Planter’s Network. Many of his parishioners will tell you he could spin a biblical story or one about them. This led in 2010 to his becoming the Southeast Bold-Faced Liar Champion telling a bible story about the swine-flu, gaining him recognition from Google to CDC. You will have to ask him about that, but others said;
The Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast by jury in 2010 declared Shealy - the Bold-Faced Liar Champion
With a twinkle in his eye, Shealy said, “of course I embellished the truth slightly.” The Mountain Xpress said in their opinion “Shealy exaggerates more than slightly.” The Tribune revealed that this upstanding local had been caught lying. It doesn’t matter if he is recalling a tale from his childhood, telling a story based on the Good Book or spinning a yarn you will be delighted listening to him stretch the truth all out of proportion.
Shealy was the most original creative liar of the day.
Biblical Storytellers are not ready for Shealy's "Bible" Stories.
Shealy has told stories at festivals, churches, community groups, and living rooms, actually any place one would come and, “set a spell.” From Asheville’s Front Porch to the Hague. He dabbles in magic to entertain and often emcees. He spent much of his life telling stories in camps from Lutheridge near Asheville, Old Indian in Traveler’s Rest and Lynwood Hayne in GA. His credentials as an Eagle Scout and camp director were quite impressive in the day. After his undergraduate days at The University of South Carolina, the “Original land grant university in South Carolina” as he says in another story he went on to degrees at North Texas and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
In the early 80’s while he was home in Johnson City his brother gave him a ticket to a little festival in Jonesborough to get him out of his hair. Now, for more than 30 years he has made the trek back to Jonesborough to work behind the scenes at the National Storytelling Festival every year. In 2007 family care called him to be closer to home and he settled in Weaverville, outside Asheville. As president of the Asheville Storytelling Circle he and Saundra Kelly, then president of JSG, established a storytelling exchange where he developed a friendship with many of our long-time tellers and first appeared in the Gazebo with ghost stories and on the ISC stage.
In April 2019 he married Catherine Yeal Serota and they moved to Flag Pond and it was time to be a part of the Guild and now a Performing Member.
A love story and this place called him back. Watch for more of their contributions to come to the wall outside the International Storytelling Center Theater before festival.
Flag Pond, Tennessee 37657
Types of stories: Stories for all ages primarily Middle School to Adult.
Preferred Settings: All (libraries, festivals, civic organizations, businesses, schools, assisted living facilities, etc) Special Talents: Historical and authentic character portrayals, and magic.