Celebrating the life of

Laurel Shiflett Cavner

October 18, 1968 - April 13, 2021

Laurel Shiflett Cavner

Laurel Shiflett Cavner of Wilmington Island, Georgia passed away April 13, 2021 after a courageous three year battle with pancreatic cancer. Laurel was born in Macon, Georgia October 18, 1968. She graduated from Mt. de Sales Academy, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and her Masters degree from Georgia College and State University. Laurel was a devoted teacher for 20 years, teaching at Southwest High School in Macon, then at several schools in Savannah until her retirement in 2019 from Myers Middle School.

Laurel was predeceased by her husband, Michael Paul Cavner, whom she married February 26, 2000. She is survived by her children, Chloe and Cole; parents Steve and Penny Shiflett of Macon; brother Steven of Macon; sister Amy Haas (Steve) of Dunwoody; parents in law Dwight Cavner (Mary Beth) of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Elsia Larson (John) of Mission, South Dakota. She also leaves behind nephews, a niece, aunts, uncles, and many close friends and Phi Mu sisters.

Laurel (Pepe) lived her life with laughter, strength and passions. She loved with abandon, was fiercely loyal, and relentlessly followed her heart. She was a history buff, beach lover, and a complete adventurer whose goal was to impact the lives of others, most importantly those of her beloved children. Laurel left this life with dignity, grace, poise, and a steadfast demonstration of unwavering faith.  

To honor Laurel’s memory, friends and family will gather Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Georgia, 31410. Visitation: 1:00 pm; Service: 2:00 pm

Donations can be made to WIUMC to the Laurel Cavner Mission Fund.




Penny,Steve, Amy, and Steven My heart hurts for yall. We were neighbors and the we became family. Amy, Marty and I are praying for comfort and Sweet memories of Pepe

- Patsy Randolph Turner , Macon, Georgia

Thinking of you during your time of grief and pray God’s peace and love embrace you and that you can hold on to the good memories you have of Pepe. She will live on thru those memories and stay close to your hearts.

- Claire Cowsert Dees, Suwanee , Ga

I'm so very sorry for your loss of sweet Pepe. Love and peace to you.

- Nesbitt , Idaho Falls , Idaho

So sorry to hear of your loss of Pepe. My prayers to you, Steve and Steven. I have moved back to Macon. Would love to see you. Donna

- Donna Benton, Macon , GA

Penny and Steve, and family Ernie and I want you all to know you are in our hearts and prayers. There are no words for times like this. I remember when I first met you all and would baby sit for the girls. I will never forget how Pepe loved to jump on her bed and sing. May heaven be blessed with her sweet refrain. Take care, hold tight to the stories and the memories they will help in the days to come

- Debbie and Ernie Lee, Macon, Ga

Steve and Penny, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't realize she taught at SW. that long.Gosh it has been so long since our kids were young. God bless you, Amy and Steve and others in a special way. Her picture is so pretty. Love Connie Malone

- Connie Malone, Macon, Georgia

I am so so sorry for your tremendous loss. Pepe was such a special person whose beautiful smile and personality could light up any room. Pepe was so fun, energetic and a sweet friend. I have so many wonderful memories of us hanging out with SOS and cheering. We always had some great times in the “Duster”. Praying for all of you!! Praying you feel his Peace and comfort in the days ahead.

- Monica Myhand Gleaton, Macon, GA

The light and joy that your beautiful daughter brought to the world will be always with you and her children. Penny, Amy, and Steve, may God grant you peace that passes all understanding.

- Charlotte Mason, Brevard, NC

Penny, we are sooo sorry to read that Pepe is no longer with y'all. You know she has been promoted to heaven, but your grief is great as you miss her. We will be praying for you, Steve and Steven in the days ahead. We are still in Macon and would love to visit with y'all sometime. Blessings, Tommy & Carol Goings

- Tommy & Carol Goings, Macon, GA

i am so sorry for your loss Chloe and family. please let me know if there's anything i can do; my heart is breaking for you all.

- Rachel Ratajczak, Milledgeville, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

To the Cavner Family and Amy, I am deeply saddened by the loss of this incredible woman. She was such a blessing to so many people. Her life and legacy will be praised and remembered always. I am praying for God's peace and strength for each of you during this time. With love and deepest sympathy, Caitie

- Caitie Thomson, Savannah, GA

Dear Shiflett and Cavner Families, Pepe and I attended high school - MDS- together. I have vivid memories of her as a lovely, bright, positive human being. So pretty and kind. I am certain that you all are devastated by her passing. I also am hopeful that any discomfort she may have felt is no longer and that her beautiful soul lives on with her children, especially. She leaves behind many broken hearts...a bittersweet testament to a life well lived. My thoughts are with you all.

- Adrian Jelks, Taos, NM

Penny, I am so so very sorry. To lose your daughter is a loss I can’t begin to comprehend. My heart hurts for you very much! I pray for the Lord to surround you with His peace, strength and love and all your family as well. Hugging you with my heart! ❤️Donna

- Donna Story, Forsyth , Georgia

Kathy and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter and her three year struggle with cancer. We pray for you and your daughters family in this difficult time.

- Tim and Kathy McCord, Macon, Ga

To the Shiflett Family: Mike and I are thinking about you at this sad time. I have fond memories of Pepe as a fourth-grade student in my classroom at McKibben-Lane. I remember Pepe's positive attitude, her warm smile, her creativity, and her intellect. She was definitely a gifted writer, who was unafraid to use her imagination. In fact, she and many of her classmates wrote the most wonderful, interesting, and creative pieces. The thing I remember most was that she truly enjoyed writing and was always willing to share her expertise with others. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to teach her and collaborate with her as she was learning the craft of writing. May the memories of Pepe's kind spirit and the love she demonstrated to others comfort and sustain you during this challenging time. Love, Mike and Mae Sheftall Macon, Georgia

- Mae Sheftall, Macon, Georgia

Steve and Penny, I'm so very sorry to hear about Pepe. May her memories be the light to guide you and comfort you in the days to come. - Tasha

- Natasha McEldowney, Kathleen , GA

Dwight and Mary Beth, Chloe and Cole: you have been in our prayers at Trinity Baptist in Ardmore and we continue to lift you to our Father as you go through the days ahead.

- Tolbert Family, Ardmore , OK

To the Cavner and Shiflett families, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. As her neighbor, we’ve spent many, many hours, standing between our two houses, talking, sharing, telling stories and laughing. We are privileged to have been her neighbor and witnessed how she loved her family on a daily basis. God Bless your family.

- Glenn & Yvonne Evans, Savannah, Georgia

To all the Shifletts, I was so sad to read about Laurel's passing. Though she struggled and suffered with the cancer for so long, nevertheless, she is "too soon gone." I have sweet memories of the times we shared so long ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Carolyn Garvin, Macon, GA

Dear Steve and Penny: My heart goes out to you and the family.

- Dick Rabun, Highlands Ranch, CO

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel