A Generational Legacy

Boys Farm was founded in 1960 by Reverend and Mrs. W. D. Shealy, Jr. (Pop & Mama). Preparation for this work was begun many years before in Charleston, SC, where the Shealy's were owners of a large, successful ice cream business. When they felt called into Christian ministry they sold their home and business and went off to college.

Upon completion of his undergraduate work and all but 10 hours towards his Masters, the Rev. Mr. Shealy served for several years as a pastor. This was not, however, the work which God had planned for the Shealys.

As the couple sought God's direction, He led them to establish a home for disadvantaged boys. They bought the current site with their own resources and began the work to which God had called them. During the early years of Boys Farm, the Shealy's did all the work themselves and personally supplied nearly all the financial support. Pop Shealy raised and sold African Violets to finance the needs. However, as the number of boys increased, it became apparent that they could raise flowers or boys, but not both. From that time on the ministry has been supported entirely by faith.

Over the years, hundreds of boys have been helped at Boys Farm. The vision and love of Pop and Mama Shealy have touched countless lives.

Boys Farm: A History

The history of a wealthy couple’s decision to reject their worldly success, money, and status and to live in virtual poverty in order to dedicate themselves to realizing their impossible dream of redeeming homeless, helpless, neglected, abused, or abandoned boys.


James L. Skinner is a native Georgian who has been an English professor at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, since 1965. He has been named the Professor of the Year for the State of South Carolina by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and has received The Governor’s Award as the State Professor of the Year.