Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Skyler Emmanuel J. Shaffer, musician, son, basketball player, grandson, friend, data whisperer, brother, and kindred spirit, entered eternal life just short of age 28 on October 7, 2020 due to natural causes. As a native of Bristol, born October 30, 1992, he relocated to Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2019 to pursue a technology career working alongside his uncle Eric Shaffer at 180byTwo.
In high school, Skyler was a dual sport athlete playing tennis and basketball at John Battle Highschool, going on to graduate from Virginia High in 2011. He went on to further his education at Virginia Highlands after high school, and most recently had been working towards a certification in big data.
At an early age, Skyler began attending church at Glad Tidings where he was a Royal Ranger and participated in youth activities. During his 20’s Skyler lived life to its fullest, doing all the things he loved most, going to the lake, playing basketball, gaming, making music, hanging with his close friends, and spending time with his family.
Above all things, Skyler lived life to the maximum, relishing life and cherishing those who let him into their lives, recently commenting “One Life, No Redo’s, Stay Happy and Just Be You!” He was a humble man, with humble beginnings; having dreams, and ambitions limited only by his own imagination. Skyler will be most remembered by his family, friends, co-workers and those who crossed paths with him for his big heart, compassion, loyalty, respect, and love of life.
Skyler is survived by his mother Christine Shaffer, and grandfather James Ray Shaffer. He leaves behind his beloved grandparents who raised him from an early age, Donnita and James Frith (“Nana and Papa”); his uncle Eric Shaffer “Bubby” and his wife Susan Shaffer, along with their two children Liam and Elena Shaffer; his “Sissy” Elizabeth Childress and her son Jameson Childress; step-sisters Heather Frith and Nicole Cox and half-brother Dennis Smith III. He is survived by his very best friend and brother in life Brandon Browning, along with countless other amazing friends who loved him greatly.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. prior to the service. The committal service will follow at Highpoint Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Pallbearers will be Trevor Hickman, Talor Hickman, Dean Thomas, Skyler St. Clair, Devon Johns, Dennis Smith III. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Shaffer and Brandon Browning.
The services may be viewed by livestreaming at www.oneroomstreaming.com: Event ID: Weaver FH Password: RWTSHP
Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.