James Luther Shannon

November 29, 1938November 17, 2012

On Saturday November 17, 2012 James Luther Shannon, beloved husband of Anna C. Shannon passed away. Loving father of Richard Sommers Jr. (the late Karen), Dawn Fromm (William), Michael Sommers (Tabitha), his beloved grandchildren; Jackie, Richie III, Robert, Douglas III, Allison, Jamie, James, Kalei and Branson, eight great-grandchildren, his sisters, Sara Dove, Shirley Spitzer, Eva Stackhouse and Mary Stickell, nieces, nephews, loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carlene Shannon, Billie Reed and brother John Shannon.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, MD on Friday, November 23rd from 3-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 24th at 10 a.m., interment will follow at Meadowridge Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

James Luther Shannon

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Tonya Lee

January 29, 2013

Dear Coleen, Dawn, Rich, Michael and your respective families... I'm very sorry to read about Mr Jim's passing. I've often wondered if you all were still around the Baltimore area. That's how I came upon this obit: I googled his name to see where you all were. My condolences to you all. He was larger than life and a delight to be around. All my love, Tonya (from next door)

Joyce & Vernon Bacon

November 23, 2012

Vernon and I were both saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. We will always remember his smile and how he always seemed to be in a happy mood. Our sincerest condolences to the whole family.

Mona Lisa Garland

November 20, 2012

I got up this morning and looked out my front door window, and as usual, I look across our access road to see if Jimmy was outside yet working on something in front of his garage or by his under the porch storage room. And as I see he is not there, I again realize he will never be there again, and my heart cries.
I remember watching he and Colleen move in and wondering what kind of people they would be. And then we met them and realized at once they would fit in very well with our friendly little neighborhood. We loved them immediately, and they became family to us. They were always there when we needed them, always willing to lend a hand, always willing to lend an ear. Jimmy made up with our grandchildren right away. Rori and Jaden (6 yr old now) loved him. He played with them, chased them, fixed their toys, and taught them to ride their bikes. When Rori gets up, she immediately goes to the door to see if Jimmy is out yet, then off she goes to “play” with him. Jimmy often said he felt like Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace with Rori. Mr. Jim always made her behave and she learned to obey him and love him. She came across the yard today from the school bus and started crying saying, “she missed Jimmy”.
We are better people, having known Jimmy. He is greatly missed and will be even more so as time makes us realize that he is forever gone to this world. But his memory lives on, and he gave us many good ones. He also set an example of being a man who put others first, who kept his word, and who loved life. May you rest in peace, Jimmy, we love you.
Your neighbors and friends from Cumberland,
Carl and Lisa Garland
Rachel and Rori
Megan, Myke, and Jaden