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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Barbara Ann Schafersman Shiver, 49, of Savannah, Georgia, wife of Dannie D. Shiver, died Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2009, at Candler Hospital.

Born in Memmelsdorf, Germany, she was a daughter of Christa Kroll Schafersman and the late Joe H. Schafersman. Barbara was a member of Southside Baptist Church and worked for fifteen years as an office manager at Memorial University Medical Center. She was currently a private postal carrier in Savannah.

Surviving are her husband of twenty-one years, Dannie D. Shiver; one daughter, Ashley Shiver Blitch and her husband, Jud, of Augusta, Georgia; one son, Jordan Shiver of Savannah, Georgia; her mother, Christa Kroll Schafersman of Hinesville, Georgia; one sister, Vera Mobley and her husband, Ronny, of Hinesville, Georgia; one brother, Bernd Hoyer of Germany; two brothers in-law, Noel Bernie Shiver and his wife, Vickie, of Adel, Georgia, and Dr. Ronnie L. Shiver and his wife, Brenda Joy, of Valdosta, Georgia; three nieces, Christina Varnedoe and her husband, Carl, of Macon, Georgia, Kathryn Shiver Surrency and Brook Shiver; three nephews, Travis Mobley and his wife, Brittney, of Hinesville, Georgia, Brent Bloser and Nathan Buckley Shiver; two great-nieces, Mary Mobley Varnedoe and Jade Bloser, and five great-nephews, Cooper Mobley, Gunner Mobley, Austin Bloser, Ethan Surrency and Atley Surrency.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o'clock Wednesday at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o'clock Thursday morning in Southside Baptist Church conducted by The Reverend Dr. Allan W. Bosson.  Interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: May be made to the Nicolas Bertrand and the Barbara Ann Shiver Memorial Fund at any Savannah branch of Wachovia.

Online Condolences

  1. Angela Powell says:

    I have not been able to find words to express my sorrow until now – Barb was a person I usually saw at a distance, either in church or in the store, and wished we had more time to converse. She was a faithful parent at Windsor Forest Elem., when Ashley and Jordan were in the music program there. She was a faithful church member – she would always stop to speak to me, and I so miss seeing her in the balcony each Sunday morning – I want the family to know how much she meant to me as a friend that I wanted to know better. There’s no condolence that can help the pain, but I want to say that not since my sister died at 55 years of age have I felt so sad, but God helped me through that loss, and He is faithful to help you, too! God bless you!

  2. Jo Ellen (Schuster) Leake says:

    I was very saddened to hear the news about Barb, her son and his girlfriend. I went to high school with Barb – she was a really great person with a very vivacious laugh and smile. She will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you all.Jo Ellen (Schuster) Leake

  3. Laura Butler says:

    Chris,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. He knows what is best and He is all Wise. I did not know your loved ones, but just knowing their mom let’s me know that had to have been beautiful people, just like the tree from which they came. May He give you strength and peace.Love,Laura

  4. Yvonne Warbington says:

    Dear Family,Words cannot express the sorrow that is felt for you. Only comfort can come from knowing that Barb and Nick are with our Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Yvonne Warbington

  5. Nancy (Summerall) Ray says:

    Dear Family and Friends of Barbara, The year was 1979, Barbara was my first roommate when I moved out of my parents home in Hinesville. She generously opened her home to me and helped me to feel it was my home, too. She was such a warm, loving and fun girl. I will never forget her smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nancy Ray, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Gail (Wells) Carroll, childhood friend says:

    I was a childhood friend of Barbara Ann’s. I now live in Washington, DC and initially misunderstood the news. I’m terribly saddened to hear the news is also about Barbara Ann. Mrs. Christa Schafersman and Vera Mobley, you especially come to mind, since I personally have fond memories of our time spent together so many years ago…and I remember Mr. Schafersman too and his fish pond. Anyway, this is heartbreaking…my prayers are with you all. May God comfort you in this time of deep grief.

  7. Chris Matzen says:

    I trained with Barb and she was so kind and patient. I did not know Nick, but Barb talked of going to his soccer games. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. God will ease your pain, let him take your burden.

  8. Larry and Helen Lightle, neighbors says:

    Dannie, Jordan and Ashley: You have our sincere and deepest sympathy; we mourn with you and for you. Your wife and mother was unconditionally kind to everyone and was never seen without her beautiful smile. We pray God grants her eternal peace and happiness and comforts each of you.God bless you.

  9. Susie Schlotzhauer Vollrath says:

    To Barb and Nicks family–you have my deepest sympathy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. A friend of Barb’s from high school.

  10. Judy and Robert Forshee says:

    Chris, Vera,Ronnie, Travis and other family members,You are in our thoughts and prayers. Always remember that one day you will be with your loved ones again in a much better place. I sweetest friend, Chris, if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call me. Your grief is heavy on my heart. Be strong my friend.Judy

  11. Carla and Tim Gearhart says:

    Chris, I’m not sure if you remember us – we were members of the choir back in 1999-2003 while Tim was stationed at Ft.Stewart. I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. Please know you and your family are in our prayers.

  12. John Beasley says:

    I was blessed to work with Barb at the Post Office and not a day went by that she didn’t come in with a smile and something witty to say. We are all saddened by your great loss, our prayers and hearts goes out to the families.

  13. Laura Settles says:

    Chris,My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Even though I didn’t know your daughter or grandson, from every thing I have read they were just like you, an amazing, kind and compassionate person. Make God be with you and your family.

  14. Danforth says:

    Your family does not know me, I was a witness to and one of the first there to help. I am truly sorry for your great loss. I wish I could have done something more to help, I felt completely powerless, but I know and knew that God’s presence was there that day. I hope that he will help heal your pain and comfort you through this time.I send my prayers, thoughts and deepest condolences to you and your family, I will be thinking of you and praying for you, and I will never forget how brave and courageous all your loved ones were on this sad day. God Bless you!

  15. Fr. Will and Judy Carter says:

    Chris, We hold your sorrow before our Lord in prayer. May you find comfort in the blessing of friends and family gathered.

  16. Ronald & Toni Calhoun says:

    We are so sad for your loss. Our prays are with the family. We love you Chris…Liberty County Community & Area Mass Choir

  17. Cheryl harrison says:

    And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. Words of encouragement to all of you. Ms. Barb and Nick were people who were real in what they said and did. I will tuly miss them.

  18. Jerry Tillinger says:

    Ashley and Jordan-Nick and Barb were great people. I don’t know if you remember, but I worked with Barb at Memorial in the 90s and used to tutor Nick in math at your house in Windsor Forest. I thought the world of Barb and Nick and cannot convey the sense of loss at their tragic passing. Much time has passed since I saw them, but the memories of my time with them will not fade.Sincerely, Jerry Tillinger

  19. Candy Hodge says:

    Barb was a friend and co-worker of mine at Memorial Health. I moved back to Tennessee three years ago and was notified this morning by a dear friend from Georgia Eye Institute of Barb’s passing and also the loss of your son/brother. I’m praying for God’s absolute peace, wisdom, & understanding surround you in the coming days as you face what now seems to be an insurmountable grief. Barb was such an encourager and a friend to so many ~ I leave with you John 14:1-4

  20. Carol D. Clanton says:

    To the family of Barb and Nick- I worked with Nick for several years, what a wonderful young man and his mother was such a beautiful person. They will be dearly missed and always will be in our hearts forever. Hope they find peace and solitude in God’s home. Jordan, you are in my thoughts and prayers. We love you.Carol and Casey Clanton.

  21. Cathy Robinson says:

    Ashley,My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family during this difficult time. Your mom always spoke with such pride and love when she told me about you and all of your accomplishments. Hold on to your good memories of your mom and Nick. Let me know if I can do anything for you. Love, Mrs. Robinson

  22. Shawn Daniel-Hare says:

    I never realized what a wonderful person Barb really was until I mande a decision that changed my whole life and Barb just talked and encouraged me. I will always be grateful to her. My thoughts are with the whole Shiver Bertrand family at the sad time. Shawn Daniel-Hare

  23. Pam & Dave Bertrand says:

    I can not imagine the pain that each of you have but I know for certain that some how we will all find the strength to cope as we turn this over to powers above and beyond our control…. Thank you Evette for reaching out and I can not imagine the pain of witnessing such a tragedy.Pam & Dave Bertrand, Uncle and Brother in Law, Kansas City, MO

  24. Evette Nelms says:

    I was a witness of the accident on Sunday and my heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I did not know your family but feel a connection. I can only hope and pray that God will heal your pain. I send my thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences. Your family will be in my heart and thoughts for many years to come. God Bless you!

  25. Kay (Sammons) Grandgeorege says:

    To the families of Nick & Barbara, My love and prayers are with you all during this sad time. I will always remember Barbara’s smile. I played softball with Barbara on Southside’s ladies softball team. No matter how hard she played or when she would miss the ball, Barb always had a beautiful smile on her face. She will always be remembered the lady with the beautiful smile. And Nick, I kept him at our home after school and Barbara would come by after work and pick him up. He enjoyed playing with my son David Sammons Jr. and my daughter Nancy Sammons. What a great loss……….May God comfort you all during this time. Love always, Kay (Sammons) Grandgeorge

  26. Kurt and Yvonne (Schuster) Kammerich says:

    To Barb and Nick’s family — our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless all your family. Friends from high school.

  27. Triet Bui - President of West Chatham Soccer Assoication says:

    To Barbs family and Nicks family. We met Nick and Barb at a soccer tournament and they were the friendliest people I have ever met. Nick ref our soccer games and was always fair to all our players. He will be missed by all our players. You are in our prayers.

  28. Lori, Joey, and Bryan Protsman says:

    Dear Jordan: Your Mother was a joy to be around, I remember back of our traveling soccer days, it seems like so long ago, the bubbly kind personality of your Mom, she will be missed. She treated Bryan as one of her own, even by offering to sign guardianship papers so that Bryan could attend Windsor Forest High for his his Senior year. I know there is nothing that we can say or do to bring your Mom and Brother back but always remember that they are watching over you and that some day we will all see them again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your Dad Dan, and your Sister Ashley.

  29. Betty and Glen Lowder and the Bannister Family says:

    Danny and Family: I was so saddened to hear of the death of Barbara and her son as well as his girlfriend.What an overwhelming loss of three special people. Barbara has been such a great E-Mail friend since your mother became ill. I miss your parents and will now miss her and her wonderful words of encouragement and love. Let us know how you are doing. Charles, Linda, Delaine and Clemon along with glen and I wish the best for you and a special healing. Our prayers will be for you and the remainder of the family to have peace in your heart and an eternal love for your beautiful family. Love, Betty

  30. Kristen says:

    Your family does not know me. But I felt in my heart to leave a comment. I was a bystander that tragic Sunday afternoon and I just want you to know my heart goes out to your family and friends. You are in my prayer’s. I hope that you can find some peace to know the Lord was defientley present on that day. God bless and again I’m so sorry for your loss.

  31. Liz Miller says:

    To Barbs Family: I worked with, laughed with and had fun with Barb during our time at GHP. Even after we parted ways, we would have a hug and smile and kind words for each other. She had one of the prettiest smiles……There are no words that I can say to ease your pain – I pray that you and all the family will find peace during this very difficult time.My sincere condolences,Liz

  32. Clarissa Knight says:

    Barb worked for me for a short period in spring of 2008. As it happens, I was a first time soccer coach for my 3 year old son. She was so positive and enthusiastic about life and soccer. I am blessed to have known her, even if was only for such a short time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends and families distraught by this tragedy.

  33. Sherri and Harry Connolly says:

    Dan,Jordan and Ashley,Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of loss. We all loved Barb and Nick and was happy to be around them. We know that your loss is great but God always needs angels and He thought that Barb and Nick were great! Thinking of you during this time. We love all of you.

  34. Theresa and Robert Vincent says:

    I worked with Barb at Urgent One. I am very saddened to hear of her and Nick’s untimely passing. Please accept our sincere condolences on your losses of Nick and Barb.

  35. Lisa (Salzman) Oswald says:

    To Barb and Nick’s families, I wish you God’s peace and hope you find comfort there. ~ Barb’s friend from high school.

  36. Betty (Wassman)Vollmer says:

    To Barbs Family I was very saddened by the news I went to school with Barb she was very special person and the best friend you could ever ask for I have many fond memories of her She will be so missed!! You all are in my prayers! chris I love ya

  37. Robin Marson says:

    I pray for just a small amount of consolation for this family. The great and sad mistake of many people, among them even pious persons, is to imagine that those whom death has taken leave us. They do not leave us. They remain! ?

  38. Mike and Diane Adams says:

    To my brother Joel, Nick’s Father, we are saddened almost beyond words for you, but pray that you take comfort in knowing Nick is in God’s Hands. Do not anguish over what might have been, but take heart in knowing all that Nick was and all that he meant to you and so many others.All my love, Your sister, Diane

  39. Mike and Diane Adams says:

    To Barb and Nick’s family, we pray that you will find solace in knowing they are in God’s Hands. We have and will continue to hold the memory of Barb and Nick forever in our hearts. What a joy they both were to those who knew them! Nick’s Uncle Mike and Aunt Diane from Seattle, Wa

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