John D. Handrop, Sr.

March 14, 2020

On Friday March 13, 2020, John D. Handrop, Sr., loving father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 87.

“Johnny” was born in Pensacola, Florida, on September 16, 1932, to Vallie Shelby. His father, John Corbet, passed away and he was raised by his mother and uncle Elijah Shelby. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1952 and joined the U.S. Navy where he served four years for his country while traveling over 176,268 miles on Navy ships . He then returned to Pensacola to marry his high school sweetheart, Elouise Gates. Together they raised one son, John David, Jr. and two daughters, Tammi and Marilyn.

“Johnny” moved his young family to McDavid, Florida, to live a relaxed country life. He enjoyed cow farming and tending to his many acres of land. He was also a huge fan of FSU football- a passion he passed on to many of his family members. He retired from many years of working at Monsanto. He was loved by everyone he met and was known for his handsome looks, beautiful hair, charming words, compassionate heart, loving mind and at times for being a bit stubborn. He had a passion for dancing at the American Legion and loved being with his treasured partner Vicki Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elouise, mother Vallie Shelby, father (uncle) Elijah Shelby, five brothers, Cecil Handrop, Jack Handrop, Ralph Handrop, James Handrop (died as infant), Everett Handrop (died as infant), and one sister Catherine “Lucille” Perdue Brown.

He is survived in death by his son, John “David”, Jr.; daughters Tammi Hill (Matt) and Marilyn Clifton (Brian); treasured partner of seven years Vicki Smith; grandchildren Danette Wiggins, John Lewis Handrop, Latasha Carraway, Jennifer Marn, Travis Clifton, Tanner Clifton; very special nephew Cecil Handrop; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Faith Chapel North Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with family gathering at 1 p.m.


2 Responses to “John D. Handrop, Sr.”

  1. Fellow American Legion Member on March 31st, 2020 1:41 pm

    John will always be remembered at the American Legion Post 340. He was an icon and his picture honoring him will forever hang for us all to remember.
    Prayers to his family and his vast number of friends.

  2. Dean Dagen-Daw on March 16th, 2020 11:25 am

    My prayers go out to you all. May you be comforted by God’s love during this time.

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