Opal E. Shelton • May 15, 2022



Opal E. Shelton, age 88, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Kissimmee, FL. She was born in Providence, AL on April 10, 1934. She moved to Pensacola, FL in 1966 with her four daughters. She found and married the love of her life in 1971 to Jerry Shelton who changed her life forever for the better! As a marine, he took on her four girls as his own and they were extremely happy together until his death in 1996.
She was very active in Orlando at Lockhart Baptist Church and very involved with the Sensational Seniors where she enjoyed traveling on the senior trips and working in her church. After coming back to Pensacola, she became active at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church. She was involved in the Youth Department where she impacted the lives of many young people who knew her as “Grandma”. She was also very involved with her Small Group, Hearts and Hands. She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House with her small group once a month as the “official dishwasher”.
She was faithful to her Savior, her husband, and her family! She was a beautiful, kind, hard-working woman who faced many challenges in her younger life. Through her love for her girls, her love for life and her faithfulness to Christ, she overcame what would have beaten many others. Those who knew her, came to immediately love her smile, her laugh, and her zest for life. She loved life to the fullest and was known for her beautiful fashion and “bling”.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Shelton, and her 9 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her four daughters, Cynthia Sakansky (Howie), Ramona Strait (Michael), Luella Blackburn (Earl) and, Cecilia Sapp (David). She has 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews and an abundance of friends!
Visitation will be at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 23 at 9:30-10:00 for family, 10:00-11:00 for friends and the funeral will begin at 11:00. Pastor Gordon Godfrey will officiate.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jason Blackburn, Daniel Blackburn, Jeremy Blackburn, Nicholas Sapp, Matthew Sapp and Great-grandson, David Blackburn.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Pensacola, FL – care of Hearts and Hands.
Many thanks from the family for the outpouring of love, notes, flowers, and food. Your generosity is appreciated!

  1. Pam Basnett says:

    Ramona, And Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m sending many prayers & thoughts to all of you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💜💜

  2. Tammy Gibbs says:

    I know you will miss her greatly but she will be waiting for each one of you one-day. We are praying the God of comfort to remind you of all the blessings you have by a motherand grandmother who loved you and Jesus.

  3. Martha Pardue says:

    My, how Miss Opal will be missed. I feel so priviledged to have known her and that God allowed her to enter my life. She had a brilliant testimony and a vivacious love for life. Knowing she’s with the Lord is so comforting. Her lovely smile was a constant encouragement to me. I’ll miss her very much.

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