A Mass of Christian Burial for Fred Roukos Sheheen, 79, of Camden, SC, was held at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father John Zimmerman officiated. The family received visitors at their family home on Wednesday, June 8. Memorials may be made to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020, American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC 29078, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1709 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020, Columbia City Ballet, 1545 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or Allen University, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204.
Fred Sheheen, beloved husband of Rose Serio Sheheen for almost fifty years, died Monday, June 6, 2016. He was born in Camden, SC, the son of the late Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr. and Lucile Roukos Sheheen. Mr. Sheheen was a former head of the state Commission of Higher Education. He was a graduate of Camden High School and finished with honors from Duke University in the late 1950’s. After graduating, he worked as a reporter for The Charlotte Observer, covering civil-rights issues. In the 1960’s, he worked as an aide to SC Gov. Donald Russell. Mr. Sheheen was head of the state agency that oversees public college and universities, the Commission on Higher Education, from 1987-1997. At the commission, he helped craft policies to provide equality for blacks attending SC colleges and universities.
Mr. Sheheen was a dedicated supporter of the arts, and very active in local and civic affairs. He was a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party and continued to be committed to public service until his death.
Besides his wife, Mr. Sheheen is survived by his son, Vincent Sheheen (Amy) of Camden, SC; Maria Spring (Steven) of Camden, SC and Margaret Bishop (Matthew) of Camden, SC; brothers, Austin M. Sheheen, Jr. and Robert J. Sheheen; grandchildren, Austin, Joseph, and Anthony Sheheen; William and Robert Spring; David, Olivia, and Thomas Bishop.
Besides his parents, Mr. Sheheen was predeceased by his daughter, Olivia Marie Sheheen and his brother, Michael Sheheen.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Sheheen family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.