Martha S. Stuart

November 22, 1929September 8, 2019

CHAPIN – Martha Shealy Stuart, wife of Fred E. Stuart of Chapin, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Jacob Owens “Hope” Shealy and Verna Eleazer Shealy. Martha was born on November 22, 1929, in Carlisle, SC. She attended elementary school in Carlisle and graduated from Union High School. She attended Newbery College, where she completed an Executive Secretarial course. She worked for Dearing Milliken and Company in Union before moving to Chapin in 1956. She worked for two years as a secretary for Ellett Brothers and then worked as secretary and receptionist for Dunn Electric Company in Columbia.

Martha married Fred Stuart in 1957. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC. She was a member of the church choir, taught Sunday School, Weekday Church School and Bible School. She served on the Social Ministry Committee and was a member of the Miriam Circle.

Martha’s hobbies included knitting, counted cross stitch and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She and Fred enjoyed traveling around the country in their motor home, visiting 47 of the 50 states, including flying to Hawaii and driving to Alaska. They have also visited most of the Canadian Provinces as well as taken several cruises. But no matter where they roamed together, their favorite place was always at home in Chapin, spending time with family and friends.

Martha was predeceased by her brother, Roy Homer Shealy and sister, Ruth Shealy Lindler. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11:00 am with the Reverends Ralph Hill and Joanna Gragg officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery following the service. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, 101 E. Boundary St., Chapin, SC 29036.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Stuart; her daughter, Tami (Bill); grandchildren, Lorraine and Trey, along with many nieces and nephews, and extended family.

The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Vanessa, Claudia, Christine, and Renel for all their help, love and friendship in the recent months and years.

Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave online condolences and memories, please visit


  • Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Burial will follow service Wednesday, September 11, 2019


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Bob and Judy allen

September 11, 2019

We will always remember Martha’s keen sense of humor, her loving smile, and her love of rving. She will truly be missed by all. Much love to her family and friends during this stressful time. Kisses Fred.

Kay Joch

September 10, 2019

Tami, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I will be thinking of you and your family and keeping you all in my prayers during this time. This obituary is a lovely testament to a life well lived and travelled. I hope that your many memories help to give you strength in the days ahead. Take care, Kay

Lorraine Jones

September 10, 2019


I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Your wonderful care for her showed how much you loved her. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray for your comfort during this time.

Lorraine Jones

Tom Fincher

September 9, 2019

This is most unwelcome news. Martha was one of my favorite people and a friend. My prayers are for Fred and family.