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Longtime Union Businessman Passes Away

Daniel Prince

Shetley worked at WBCU for five years

A longtime businessman in Union County passed away Tuesday. Don Shetley passed away at the age of 85. Shetley got his start in business at WBCU, serving for five years as an announcer and salesman. According to Bob Doll’s book “A Perfect Union”, Shetley left the station two days before he got married to the late Lillian Rose Shetley, and bought a local service station, which he ran for a year before leaving for a regional insurance company. He later joined Allstate Insurance Company on April 2, 1967, as an agent for Union County and surrounding areas, and remained in that position until he retired in 2003. Shetley served in the US Army Reserves from 1956 to 1980. He served on Union City Council from 1972 to 1980. He worked with the Union County Election Commission and served as chair of the Union County Transportation Committee for 15 years. Last July, he was honored at a Union County Council meeting with a plaque, a state House of Representatives resolution honoring him for his service, and a South Carolina flag that flew over the state house. He was active with the Jaycees in the 1960s and 1970s, he served as a board member on the Union County Cancer Association Society, and he was active behind the scenes trying to attract industry and businesses to Union. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Visitation will follow the service in the church social hall. Memorials can be made to Union County Cancer Services, care of the Union County Library, 300 East South Street, Union.

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