Opal J. Bias, 83, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on February 8, 2017. She was born in Garretts Bend, Lincoln County, WV, the oldest child of the late Lewis Erman Bird and Hazel Thompson Bird.
Opal was a graduate of St. Albans High School (St. Albans, WV) Class of 1951. While in attendance, she was proud to be a majorette and often said, “I am forever a Red Dragon!” Opal retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education (Kanawha County, WV) after many years of service. Upon retirement, she and her husband, Larry, moved to Melbourne, Florida to enjoy “the next chapter of their life”.
Opal was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed following the teams she supported including the St. Albans Red Dragons, Marshall University Thundering Herd and after retirement, the University of Florida Gators.
Opal is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Larry G. Bias. Surviving children are Craig Bias (Sheila) and Amy Shamblin (Guy). She had one granddaughter, Madison Shamblin, whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert E. Bird (Sue) and Jack R. Bird (Denise) and one sister, Mitzi A. Searls (Les). Opal had many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
A private service will be held for immediate family.
In memory of Opal, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.burroughsfh.com.
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.
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The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.
Submitted by Kanawha County Retied School Employees on Mar 4 2017 12:50:27 PM
Larry........ I'm so so sorry to hear about Opal. You and she have been in my thoughts over the years and I can remember all the fun times we had. I still have some pictures of Opal. Love to you and your family. Linda Scipio Martin,
Submitted by Linda on Feb 22 2017 05:03:16 PM
Craig and family, so sorry to read about Opal's passing. Dave Dailey
Submitted by Dave Dailey on Feb 22 2017 10:57:37 AM
Larry..so sorry about your loss. Bob Smith..a classmate of yours graduated 1950
Submitted by Bob Smith on Feb 22 2017 05:32:05 AM
May your loving memories comfort you in the days, months, and years to come.
Submitted by CKing on Feb 18 2017 10:38:46 AM
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Eddie and Sallie Lee lit a candle on Feb 13 2017 11:59:29 PM
This beautiful lady will forever be in our hearts. We loved her kindness, honesty, role model of what a wife and mother should be, but most of all her wonderful sense of humor and wit!!! Her super smile will be remembered forever. We love you always, Juanita. Eddie and Sallie
Submitted by Eddie and Sallie Lee on Feb 13 2017 11:58:09 PM
Never met you, but may you rest in peace and watch over your husband and family
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