William James "Bill" Shannon

April 24, 1926November 28, 2011

William James “Bill” Shannon, elder son of Michael Bernard Shannon and Clara Beatrice Stevens, slipped peacefully through mortality’s veil of death on Monday, November 28, 2011, in Knoxville, TN. Bill was born in Chicago, IL on April 24, 1926. He enjoyed an active childhood as the son of a Chicago police officer. At the age of 17, and with the permission of his parents, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served our country in the Pacific aboard the USS Cabot. After the war he traveled the country extensively as an inventory specialist for Wal-green’s Drugstores. Bill met and married Gail Taylor in San Francisco, Ca. in 1954, and brought her and her son Clyde to Chicago. He adopted Clyde shortly thereafter. Bill and Gail brought five more children into their growing family: Sharon Marie, Kathleen Ann, Michael James, Robert Ned and William Floyd. He worked hard to support his family as an insurance agent; then again traveling the country doing inventories. He often worked away from home for weeks at a time; giving Gail the opportunity to be at home with their children. Bill moved his family to Lubbock, Texas in 1978. He eventually retired from the inventory business, but continued to work for Sam’s Club and Countdown Productions for a season. He was an advocate for and a strong supporter of law enforcement, CASA, NRA, small businesses and the arts. Bill was instrumental in bringing several BYU dance touring shows to Lubbock. He was a voracious reader and loved a good mystery. Gail passed away in March of 2005. In 2008, Bill married Martha Collier in Knoxville TN. Martha’s compassionate service and companionship filled Bill’s life with love for the remainder of his days. Bill loved the Lord and served faithfully as an Elder and High Priest and in many callings and assignments in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was preceded in death by his son “Billy” and 1st wife Gail, both of Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his brother, Robert Michael of Phoenix, AZ; wife Martha Collier of Knoxville, TN; children Clyde & Linda Shannon and Sharon & Jeff Hamilton of Lubbock, TX, Kathy & Ron Hardy of Plainfield, Il, Michael & Amy Shannon of Kennewick, WA, Ned & Sheri Shannon of Lubbock, TX, Dee Lavery of Atoka TN, and Laura Wilson of Clearwater, Fl; 21 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren, all of whom he dearly loved. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, December 2, 2011 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3211 58th Street, Lubbock, President Sterling Shumway presiding. Military graveside service following at Resthaven. A visitation will be Friday, at the church, from 9:30-10 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to CASA of Lubbock or Childrens Miracle Network UMC.

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Dan Jackson

December 4, 2011

To the Shannon family I offer my deepest sympathies. I had the pleasure of getting to know Bill when I got to work with him at Sam's in Lubbock. His good humor, and get things done attitude made him a great guy to work with. Personally, I count myself so lucky to have gotten to know Bill and Gail. He was a fine gentleman, who was a sterling example of the Greatest Generation and all they represented.
Dan L. Jackson, Meadow, Texas

December 3, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Shannon was a wonderful man. May the God of all comfort be with you during this time.

Heidi & Jonathan Malley

December 2, 2011

I think for anyone who was ever a member of the Lubbock 5th YSA Branch right around the turn of this last century, Bill & Gail Shannon will be not only our Brother and Sister in the Gospel, but, forever,...Grandpa & Grandma. Truly "Christlike friends whose gentle ways, strengthen[ed] our faith, enrich[ed] our days." All our love...

December 2, 2011

Bill was a great neighbor. We lived across the street from him and Gail on 92nd Street for 5 years. They were always friendly and always checking on us and our girls. He always had smile on his face and a wave for us everytime we saw him outside. Bill gave us tickets to a BYU dance troupe production one time and we thoroughly enjoyed it! He was a wonderful, caring, kind man! The family is in our prayers! May your hearts be filled with peace and joy during this difficult time. Terrell, Lisa, Kelsey & Mackenzie Thrasher

D.J. Latimer

December 2, 2011

Dearest Shannon Family, I am so sorry to hear that you have lost Bill. He was a very special, sweet and loving man. He told me the most sweetest thing some 13 years ago, that he even though I was a legal part of the family, that he would always consider me a part of the family. I will be thinking and praying for you all. Just remember, you know have a third wondermous, guardian angle watching over you. All my love, D.J.

Keesha Gallagher

December 1, 2011

Mrs.Shannon , I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. I will definitely miss seeing Mr.Shannon here in the office. I want you know that I count knowing him as a true blessing.

Keesha Gallagher
with Dr. Ferguson's office

Clyde & Bonnie Dunaway

December 1, 2011

Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.

November 29, 2011

It was a privilege to get to know "Uncle" Bill and his kind and loving family. We share your sadness. With special memories, Jack and Debbie Wade


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