Nelson LaRue Shively

January 3, 2019

Nelson LaRue Shively, age 90, passed away at home on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

He was born in 1928 in Milton to the late Chester and Irene Shively.

At age 18, he joined the Air Force and served proudly for 26 years. He was an alumnus of Florida State University (FSU) and the University of Southern California (USC) where he received his master’s degree in aerospace management.

He and his wife, the late Bernita Deloris (Covan) Shively, a retired Fisher Brown Insurance agent, settled in 1972 in Pensacola, Fla. following his Air Force service. He continued working as a federal employee at Corry and Saufley fields.

Active in church, he taught Adult Sunday School classes at Myrtle Grove UMC and First UMC. In 1991 he retired from government service and enjoyed traveling globally with his wife but especially spending time at his favorite destination, Canada, to engage in his favorite sport, fishing.

Nelson is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Irene Shively, of Milton; brother Robert Shriner, of Milton; and his beautiful “Angel” of 64 years, Bernita Deloris.

Those left to cherish his legacy are his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Sue Shively of Milton; daughters, Dr. Storne Shively of Pensacola, Fla., and Dr. Sondra Singleton of Anniston, Ala.; nephews Steve Kenney of Mountain Home, Ark. and Terry Kenney of San Diego, Calif. Grandchildren include Sterling Singleton of Paris, France and Sonnet Singleton of Miramar Beach, Fla.

A visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The service will begin at 11. Reception will immediately follow the service. Nelson will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. in the Bryneville UMC cemetery in Century, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to Byrneville Methodist Church, 1351 Byrneville Road, Century, FL 32535.

Special thanks and gratitude are offered to Covenant Hospice, especially to Barbara L., Terri H., Lisa, Amanda, and Robin for their selfless devotion and tender care.

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