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Sherman Halsey, age 56, formerly of Independence, KS passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at his home in Nashville, TN.
Funeral services for Sherman Halsey will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Penn Ave. in Independence, KS, with The Reverend Cameron Randle, Rector of St. Georges Parish Churches, Accomac, VA, officiating. Private interment for the family will follow. Friends may call Monday from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM with the family receiving friends from 6-7 at Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence. To honor Sherman's prestigious television and film career, his creativity and dedication to the University of Kansas, a scholarship is being created in his name. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to support the Sherman Halsey Memorial Fund in KU Theatre and Film and Media Studies. Send your gift to KU Endowment, PO Box 928, Lawrence, KS, 66044, with "Sherman Halsey Memorial" in the memo line or make an online gift at:www.kuendowment.org or sent to Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS 67301.
Sherman was born February 22, 1957, in Independence, KS, to Jim and Jo Ann (Sherman) Halsey. He attended local schools and graduated from Independence High School in 1975.
He began working in the country music business at the age of 13 putting up posters and show bills for his father's concert promotion company.
While studying film at the University of Kansas, Sherman promoted concerts with artists from the Jim Halsey Company roster. Sherman interned at Dick Clark Productions in Beverly Hills one summer on an NBC Special and was later hired there.
After college, Sherman split his time between the Halsey Agency, management, and record company division headquartered in Tulsa, and their Beverly Hills office where Sherman helped develop the television production arm of the Halsey Company.
He became Vice Chairman of the Jim Halsey Company representing 47 of Country Music's top stars. He held that position from 1980 -1990 when the Halseys sold the Agency division. They maintained ownership of the management and production divisions of the company.
During this time, Sherman and his father also headed the Halsey-owned MCA/ Churchill Record Company.
He produced and directed hundreds of television shows and videos.
He was the recipient of numerous awards including an MTV Award, multiple Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for best Video, New York Film and Television Festivals Gold Medal Award, Gold Telly Awards, Country Music Television (CMT) Flame worthy and numerous others. Sherman sat on the board of directors at the Academy of Country Music, served as a judge on the ACM's Blue Ribbon video committee, served on the board of Belmont University Music Business Program and was a member of the professional advisory board of the University of Kansas Department of Theatre.
Most recently Sherman and his father were partners in the Halsey family of entertainment and education businesses.
In addition to his creative genius, Sherman's most impressive attributes were his warm heart, devotion to family and friends and generous spirit.
Survivors of Sherman Halsey include: His mother, Jo Ann Halsey, Lawrence, KS. Father and stepmother, Jim and Minisa Halsey, Mounds, OK. Sister, Gina Halsey, Lawrence, KS. Stepsister, Crissy Rumford, and stepbrother, Woody Carter.
Published in The Tennessean on Nov. 3, 2013