John Paul Shipes • July 3, 2022



John Paul Shipes, 78, of Pensacola, Florida went home to be with the Lord on July 3, 2022. John was born July 27, 1943 in Chipley, Florida. As a young man, John worked local farms in Chipley. When he arrived to Pensacola, he worked as a store manager for IGA and Delchamps grocery stores. He retired from Sara Lee Bakery (formerly Smiths Bakery) in 2004 where he worked for more than 25 years as a salesman and merchandiser. When he wasn’t working, John spent his time coaching his daughter’s softball teams, working the chains at Escambia High School football games, and fishing with his buddies. After retirement, John spent all of his time with his family, especially as his grandchildren’s number one fan no matter the activity in which they were involved. John attended Myrtle Grove Baptist Church with his family. John is known to many as “Gator John” as he was a die-hard Florida Gators fan. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
John is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Helen Shipes; mother, Alma Shipes; father, Malcom Shipes; brothers, Dewey and Harry Shipes; sisters, Ida Cox, Merlene Hall, and Thelma Lee. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Crystal Bennett (Peter); grandchildren, Alyssa, Preston, Trenton, and Carissa Bennett; and his sister, Mylene Henderson. He is also survived by his best friend Alvin Majors and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on July 13, 2022 with a chapel service at 10 AM on July 14, 2022 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Alvin Majors, Preston Bennett, Jim Lee, Trenton Bennett, Tony Goldsby, and Rob Bennett.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Emerald Coast Hospice (Milton) and specifically to Sara, his hospice nurse.

  1. Diane West says:

    Gator John,
    I can’t believe you checked out before my LSU Tigers 🐅 beat the pants off your FL Gators. I will miss you.
    Be sure to tell everyone hello in heaven!

  2. Pam says:

    I have very fond memories of Uncle John. He is at peace with my aunt now. My sincere condolences to my Cousin Crystal and her family!
    Rest easy now Uncle John! I know you will be missed!
    Love your niece
    Pam

  3. Terri Goynes says:

    A fine uncle he was to all of his nieces and nephews. I’m so happy I was able to visit with uncle John recently. He couldn’t remember my name but he said to me: I know I’ve seen her before! He smiled at me and that smile will stay with me forever in remembrance of my Uncle John Shipes. All my ❤️ heart and
    sympathy to you Crystal and family.

    TERRI ANN

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