Robert C. Shellito

Robert C. Shellito

Suffolk, VA
04.27.1942 - 01.23.2021
Served in the

Robert C Shellito , “Pepper” died January 23, 2021. He was the son of the late Lillian and Arthur Shellito. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Elizabeth Allen as well 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

Pepper served in the U.S. Navy, serving onboard thenUSS George Washington. He retired as a Lieutenant for the City of Portsmouth Police Department.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Priscilla; children Robert C. Shellito II and wife Syble, Deborah S. McDermott, Kathy S. Anderson and husband John. He is survived by 11 grandchildren: Lauren Rodil, Justin Rodil, John Shellito and wife Brenda, April Vinson, Bobby Shellito, Greg Totty and wife Aaron, Amber Staton and husband Patrick, Sarah Lopez and husband Luis, Jordan Anderson, Cody Anderson, and Dylan Anderson. He was also survived by 16 great grandchildren.

In his younger years Pepper was an avid hunter and fisherman. Other than his soulmate, Priscilla, the most important thing in his life was his very close-knit family. His extended family meant everything to him and he spent a great deal of time “making memories”. From traveling, camping, fishing trips, singing songs and hosting “Hen parties” - he was always coming up with something fun and memorable.

His crazy antics and family loyalty will be cherished in our memories forever.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 2pm at Great Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at


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Great Fork Baptist Church Cemetery
180 Great Fork Road
Suffolk, VA 23438
United States


My deep and sincere condolences to the Shellito family! Pepper was my first supervisor on the PPD. I learned a lot while working under his supervision. RIP Pepper!!

Johnny Slaughter


Richard Huneycutt

So sorry to hear this. He was a good friend and a great Police Officer and Supervisor. May he RIP and prayers for his wife and family. Edward Hutto

Edward Hutto

Love and prayers to you Debbie and family. Keep the good memories alive and may they comfort you through this difficult time.

Katherine Winslow Horner

So sorry, He was a great brother in blue to work with he will be missed thoughts and prayers for the family RIP Robert.

Ross Terranova

I am sorry for your loss. I loved Pepper with my whole heart and I will always have fond memories of the time I spent with him. Prayers for comfort in knowing he is with the Lord and many of his friends. He will always be remembered just look at Robbie and John, you will remember Pepper. He was loved by his family and they all loved him too. Prayers for you all.

Belinda and Duane Rupp

I'm miss you man 😭 I not never forget u aslo you take me go fish I was young hang out fish with ur brother Jim. i really enjoyed with you n Jim of my favorite. love y'all family Shellito prayers
(Deaf self )

Danny Gardner Jr

I enjoyed working with Bob, my many years at the police department. Bob purchased my Datson B210 when I got a new vehicle for his son, I think he said the son totaled it.

Theresa Furman

will miss him. will keep all of you in my prayers.

Clarence Shellito

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Prayers & hugs to all of you.

Crystal Frankart

Dear Priscilla, Robbie, Debbie, Kathy and families,
I am saddened to hear about Pepper’s passing. He will always be warmly remembered by me for his deep laugh and mischievous smile. He was a great friend to both of my parents, Abel and Sue. I’m sure they are all up to some antics right now in Heaven. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I pray that you can smile through the tears when thinking of him. I pray that you will be comforted by the long and loving life he had. I am very sorry that I will be unable to come to his service on Wednesday. My heart and thoughts will be with you all at that time. Kevin extends his condolences as well. Love and hugs to you all. —Lorri (Moore) Carlson and Kevin Carlson

Lorri Moore Carlson

Kathy, Ronnie and I were so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know we'll keep you, John, and your family in our prayers. Asking God to give you peace at this time.

Ronnie and Carol Cole

Mrs. Shellito, Debbie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Shellito. May your precious memories bring you all peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Paula Cottle Smith

Sincere condolences to the Shellito family during this time of great loss. Hold on to the wonderful memories you have all made and he will remain close always.
In Christian sympathy,
Great Fork Baptist Church

Great Fork Baptist Church

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