Shaver Sasser

Shaver Sasser Jr.

Wednesday, January 6th, 1926 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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Shaver Sasser, Jr., 94, of Pace, Florida, was born on January 6, 1926, in Dozier, Alabama; and went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, after battling congestive heart failure for over three years.

In 1944 Shaver was drafted into the Army while still in high school and assigned to the 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division. His division went into battle near Cologne, Germany, in the Spring of 1945. During the battle on the Rhine River, Shaver suffered a shrapnel wound to his head for which he was later awarded a Purple Heart. He was shipped back to the States to recover and after recovering he rejoined his division in the Philippines and received an honorable discharge on May 14, 1946.

Shaver continued his high school education while serving in the National Guard and graduated from Troy High School in 1948. On July 2, 1948, Shaver married the love of his life, Sue Rascoe Sasser. He enrolled in Troy State Teachers College and a few years later, in 1951, he was sent as a replacement to Korea where he was assigned to the 2nd Division Field Artillery as Ammunition Sergeant First Class. After completing his tour of duty in Korea, he was honorably discharged in 1952 and returned to Troy where he continued his studies at Troy State Teachers College and received a B.S. in Education in 1953.

Shaver and Sue moved to Pace in 1955, and Shaver began his teaching career. He taught physical education at Pace Elementary and then at Pace Junior High. Shaver spent the second half of his career at Milton High School where he taught Civics, Social Studies and Geography. He received his Master’s degree in education from the Bay Minette branch of Troy State University in 1980 and retired in 1985.

During his retirement he enjoyed raising cattle and horses at his farm named the “Circle S Ranch”. Shaver was active in the Pace community and received the Pace Area Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Award in 2007. One of the highlights of his retirement years was being chosen to go on the Emerald Coast Honor Flight to Washington, DC, in 2009.

Shaver was a dedicated Christian and in 1966 he and Sue became members of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School and led the bus ministry in the 1970’s. He remained active in the Senior Men’s Sunday School class until about four years ago when his health began to decline. The joy of his life was serving the Lord, and loving his family and friends. He was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather.

Shaver was preceded in death by his parents, Lake and Mirl Sasser; his brother, Samuel; and his sisters, Jeanette Hicks and Minnie Rae Dillard.

Survivors include his loving wife of 71 years, Sue Sasser; daughter, Susan Sasser; son, Jason (Lisa) Sasser; and one grandchild, Brett Brownell.

Pallbearers are Carl Bowman, Frank Lay, Ed Nettles, Butch Pace, Phil Pridgen, and Danny Retherford.

Honorary Pallbearers are Michael ‘Mike’ Brown, A. G. Chavers, Don Jones, Roger Marshall and Robert ‘Bob’ Royals.

Graveside Funeral Services at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery in Chumuckla will be officiated by Reverend Clain Roberts. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance is limited to family and pallbearers.

The family would like to thank friends and also members of Immanuel Baptist and Olive Baptist Churches for their prayers and loving support. Many thanks to STAT home health care and VITAS Hospice for their compassionate care of Shaver.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund or the WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Condolences may be made online at

Immanuel Baptist Church
4187 Hwy 90
Pace, FL 32571
GIVE BY PHONE: 850.994.6152

945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
DONATIONS BY PHONE: 504.528.1944
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    Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery
    8008 Chumuckla Highway
    PACE, FL
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Graveside Funeral Services at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery in Chumuckla will be officiated by Reverend Clain Roberts. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance is limited to family and pallbearers.


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Henry Calvin Rascoe

Posted at 12:35am
Shaver Sasser Jr. Was my uncle by marriage, on behalf of the Rascoe family, myself Henry Rascoe, my sister Cinthia Rascoe and our children we give our sincere and heart felt condolences to his family, son Jason and daughter Susan and to his wonderful wife Sue Sasser. Our hearts go out to you in this trying time and our prayers for healing go out to you also. Aunt Sue if I can do anything just ask and I'll do my best to help.

JoLinda Faye Walker Hall

Posted at 07:27pm
Gone but never, never forgotten. History was the truth and not some media fiction in his class. Thank you Mr. Sasser for my Pace Junior High School experience.

Kim Ware

Posted at 01:00am
Mr. Sasser was my Civics teacher in high school. My sophomore year he asked me to be his student assistant. He was an amazing teacher and the love he had for our country was inspiring! God Speed Sir Thank you for all you have done for so many students!

Janie Parker

Posted at 09:09am
Our condolences to the Sasser family. Shaver was a great man and we were privileged to know him.
Ernie and Janie Parker

Pamela Butcher Provencher

Posted at 08:41am
Mr. Sasser was my civics teacher at Milton high school and I remember how much he loved our country. My father was in the military and it was obvious to me that he and my father have a lot in common when it came to valuing our freedom. I remember a lot of what I learned in his class and as a teenager and I really didn’t appreciate it the way I do now. On a lighter note, he used to get very upset when our generation would recite the preamble to the constitution because most of us learned it on School House Rock and many of the kids with leave out the second line, “in order to form a more perfect union,” it truly annoyed him. Thank you Mr. Sasser for instilling in me a true appreciation for this country and the freedom we have. In these troubled times I value it even more. My deepest sympathies to your friends and family for losing such a wonderful man.

Pamela Butcher Provencher Posted at 09:14am

Correction: the United States was the line missing in the Preamble from School House Rock.

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