“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’s Dad
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.— Michael Reno Harrell
Biblical Storytellers are not ready for Shealy’s “Bible” Stories.— Donna Marie Todd – Editor Biblical Storytelling Magazine
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 Travelers 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. He and Catherine recently funded the restoration of the Voices of Jonesborough wall at the International Storytelling Center. They are both active in the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.
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