Born Feb 21, 1944 died March 25, 2020.
Shirley was born in Pensacola, FL and lived much of her time in the area. She is preceded in death by her parents, Voncile Henley and Grady Henley, Paternal grandparents, Eva Mix Cox Henley and Felix Cornelius Henley; Maternal grandparents, Arnie Olga Nelson Black and Ruby Allen Black and her husband and soul mate, Johnny R. Skipper.
She is survived by one daughter, Velma Hazel Bannatyne Richards of Pensacola, one step-daughter Cheryl Burch (Jeff) of Palm Bay, FL and a stepson Ian Skipper (Jessica) seven grandsons and five granddaughters. Three sisters, Brenda D. Bird (Jim) of Milton, FL, Sandra Coker (Wayne) of Pensacola and Yvonne (Buddy) Caine of Mobile, AL. One brother, Warren E. Henley (Betty) of Milton, FL and numerous nieces and nephews and special friends/family Karon and Ed Dorsey.
Shirley moved to Dothan, AL in the 90’s and lived there until 2015 when her husband passed away. She moved back to Florida in June of 2015 and resided with her sister and brother-n-law until February of 2018 when she moved to the Terrace at Ivey Acres in Jay, FL. She moved to Country Living in Brewton, AL in January of 2020 and was a resident there until she passed.
Shirley enjoyed cooking, eating, shopping, sewing, watching old movies and listening to music. She worked as a secretary and receptionist for the deans at Pensacola Christian College for years and for Pittman Surveying Co in Pensacola, FL. She loved working with the Humane Society in Dothan, AL until her health starting failing. She never met an animal that she didn’t love. She worked in other clerical positions as well as selling wigs and working in a sewing factory. She was an avid reader and loved to proof read other people’s work. Her love for jewelry (turquoise in particular) her penchant for vintage and all things old Hollywood was unmatched...Shirley was often pictured in her younger days with gloves to her elbows and a fur draping her shoulders. She also enjoyed politics and took pleasure in the art of storytelling and making other’s laugh.
For many years she and her first husband, William “Buddy” Bannatyne, preceding her in death, were active at Grace Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL with the Military outreach. They worked in many capacities there.
She met her second husband when she moved to Dothan. He was a Dothan City Policeman and got a tip that he needed to follow her one day which didn’t set well with her. The rest is history. They were together for many years until Johnny succumbed to cancer in 2015.
They loved their church family and Pastor Singley at Grandview Baptist Church in Dothan, AL. Later, they bought a place in the country in Midland City, AL where they attended church there until health was an issue for both of them.
A graveside service will be held at Garden of Memory Cemetery on 431 N in Headland, AL on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11am with Rev. Jim Bird officiating per her request. Trahan Funeral Home in Milton, FL is in charge of cremation. In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a donation to the foundation of your choosing or the church you attend.