Opal J. Bias



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.