David Allen Shannon

July 22, 1950February 16, 2021

David Allen Shannon, age 70, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on February 16, 2021. David was raised in Oak Ridge and Knoxville and was a member of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church in Karns, TN. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Animal Science, he became a College Professor at Hiwassee College, then North Arkansas College and Arkansas Tech University and was also a County Extension Agent in Blountstown, FL. He later worked for Homeland Security for U.S. Customs and Border Protection based in Miami, FL and later in Charlotte, NC. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Jean Shannon. Survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Shannon; son, Jonathan Shannon; sister and brother-in-law Melinda and Alan Davis; niece, Emily Hudson; brother-in-law and wife Steve Parker and Joline Black. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 pm Wednesday with the funeral service to follow at 2 pm at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Dr. The interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Kent Williams of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church officiating. Condolences may be offered at



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021


  • Interment to Follow at Greenwood Cemetery


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Leanne Gabriel

February 23, 2021

I had the privilege of taking several of Dr. Shannon's agricultural classes while he was at North Arkansas College during the 1998-2000 semesters. He was always patient and kind and very encouraging! I continued on my path to get my BS in Agricultural Education because of his influence. GPS was just becoming huge at the time, especially in all the ways it could be used for farming and he had purchased handheld GPS equipment that we could walk around and mark places we had been on the map. For class one day, he let the five of us take the device outside to go log various areas, which ended up including inside the middle of the large culvert on campus, Walmart, the donut shop, and the parking lot outside his apartment. He was not super impressed that we pinned his apartment! We smoothed it over with him by gifting him a singing cactus that we had found in Walmart when we dropped that pin!

Laura Berry

February 23, 2021

David and I were next door office neighbors at North Arkansas College and I liked and respected him so much. And missed him when he left Northark.

David used to sing along with old John Denver tapes in his office, which was quite entertaining (they sounded pretty good together!). He was a great animal scientist and, to his credit, hardly laughed when my husband and I bought alpacas.

I'm so sad to hear this. My deepest condolences to Nancy and Jonathan. David was one of my favorites, and just a great guy.

Amy Hudson

February 20, 2021

You and your family are in my prayers. I’m so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Your family holds a special place in my heart as I have the best memories from your time in Harrison. I’ve been following Jonathan on Facebook and my, what a handsome young man he is. I know you and David are so proud of him as you should be.
Much love, Amy Hudson

Ron & Arleta Kersh

February 20, 2021

Nancy and Jonathan,
We are so sorry to read of David’s passing. Our warmest thoughts and prayers are with you. Our hearts carry precious memories of when you were here.

Ron and Arleta