June 25, 2005
News & Observer
RALEIGH -- James "Jim" Harold Shelly, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, June 23, 2005.
He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on November 28, 1932 to the late Lewis and Lois Wilcox Shelly. Jim spent his teen years in Warren, Ohio before graduating from Oberlin College. After graduating, he went to the University of Illinois where he received a Doctorate of Mathematics. He worked for IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY for 28 years. Then, he moved to Raleigh where he taught computer engineering for six and a half years at North Carolina State University before retiring. Through the years he has been active in his church, presently at Highland United Methodist Church. Jim was currently serving as a trustee, played in the Highland Orchestra, and helped build Habitat Houses. He was also active in round and square dancing.
Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jean Olson Shelly of the home; children, Kevin Shelly of Middletown, NJ, Beth Shelly and husband, James O'Donnell, and Craig Shelly, all of Raleigh; grandchildren, Sean, Bridgit, and Daniel O'Donnell, all of Raleigh, and Laura Shelly of Middletown, NJ; brother, John Shelly and wife, Chadda of Boca Raton, FL.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Highland United Methodist Church, Ridge Road, Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, 2400 Alwin Court, Raleigh, NC 27604.
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's St., Raleigh, is serving the Shelly family.