Sharon Caine • December 23, 2021

Sharon Staples Caine, 73, was called to paradise on December 23, 2021 after battling a lengthy illness.

Sharon was born in Pensacola, Florida on April 13, 1948. She graduated from Escambia High School in 1966 and completed business college soon after to set the stage for her long and successful career in administrative support. Sharon served the public in her work with Pensacola Junior College, the University of West Florida, and as an aid to multiple Escambia County Commissioners. Sharon met Gerald (Jerry) Warren Caine at Escambia High School, and they were married on August 9, 1968 in Pensacola. They raised three children together and recently celebrated 53 loving years of marriage. Sharon loved traveling and spending time with her six grandchildren. Sharon was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed teaching bible class to the young children. Her playful personality and desire to make those around her happy brought joy and laughter to anyone fortunate enough to know her. She lived her life with love, faith, and exuberance, and she will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure to know her.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Elva (Lucille) Staples.

She is survived by her brother Harold, her husband Gerald, their three children Kelly Kimmons (James), Jeremy (Britney), Kristin Taylor (Steven), and her grandchildren Justin, Ashley, Caleb, Darien, Leyton, and Sophie.

Services will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens with visitation on Wednesday, December 29 5p-7p and funeral service on Thursday, December 30 10:30am.

The service will be available via live webcast for anyone that cannot attend. You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iPhone):

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount Dora Children’s Home Ways to Give – Mount Dora Children’s Home (

  1. Debra Rigby says:

    Sharon was such a sweet gentle soul. She will be missed by all who loved her.

  2. Gail Cherry Rappa says:

    Sharon will be missed by many, many people. She has always been cheerful, faithful and loving. I will miss seeing her and keeping up with her and family. I love you, Sharon.

  3. Rick Herbert says:

    Sharon’s smile could not help but cause another’s. Her warmth was palpable. She put anyone and everyone at ease. She was/is/and always will be my 1st cousin but felt like a sister to me. I have so many fond memories living at her house when we were growing up and we were down for the Summer. I will miss her but like all who knew her feel blessed she was a part of my life and grateful that I can call her family.

  4. Phillip Waltrip says:

    Sharon was one of the smartest, kindest, caring person I have ever known. When I was elected County Commissioner of District One I was able to coax her away from Judge Crosby at the University Of West Florida where she and I first met when we worked in the University’s Comptrollers office. I could go on and on about how great she is, but anyone who ever had the good fortune of knowing her already know it. Our hearts go out to Gerald and their family. Gerald and Sharon were a great couple. Phil and Brenda Waltrip

  5. Judy Muldoon says:

    Sharon touched so many lives with her beautiful smile and loving heart. I will miss her laughter and priceless sense of humor. She was truly an angel on this earth and left us too soon, but God called her home. I will miss her terribly but she is now whole again in Spirit, soul and body and will always live in my heart.

  6. Jerry Horn says:

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Sharon, but I am saddened to learn of her passing. For nearly two years, Jerry and Jeremy have made the drive to Alabama to attend my monthly caregiver support group meetings. I am grateful to have met Jerry. His faithful and loving care for Sharon was inspirational. He took exceptional care of her, always going out of his way to provide the very best for her. Please accept my condolences to the entire family.

  7. Mike Whitehead says:

    Sharon was one of the most wonderful women with whom I have had the pleasure of working. She was caring and compassionate and so dedicated to her work. She genuinely cared for the people that she served. She was always a sounding board for me and never failed to steer me in the right direction. I always thought of her as an older sister and loved her smile, her wit and funny sense of humor. We had many great times together. Sharon loved her family more than anything and this is a terrible loss for Jerry and the kids.

  8. Paul Springer says:

    I only knew Sharon for the past 15 years, several of those years serving as an elder with her husband, Jerry. She was always kind, sweet, gentle, and smiling. She also liked Josh Groban and went to several concerts, even hundreds of miles away! I learned more of her earlier years from co-workers and friends at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration 3 years ago. Rest in peace.

  9. FERN HOPKINS says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. What a great lady Sharon was. Every time I saw her she was so friendly and warm. Just the sweetest lady. My condolences to Jerry and the rest of the family.

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