Preston Caperton Shannon

September 29, 1925November 12, 2021

Preston Caperton Shannon of Midlothian, Virginia passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021. He was born in Front Royal, Virginia on September 29, 1925 and was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Henry Ward Shannon and Constance Wailes Shannon and brothers Paul Wailes and William Hunter and sister Mary Ward. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Ann Pennell Shannon; sons, Robert Preston Shannon (Sharon) of Midlothian and William Pennell Shannon (Karen) of Glen Allen; grandchildren, Rob (Amy), Ricky (Becca), Dina (Byard), Oleg; and great-grandchildren Natalie, Preston, Will and Imogene.

After graduating from high school in 1943, Preston was inducted into the army, commissioned as a lieutenant and served in Japan with the 33rd and 1st Cavalry Divisions. Upon discharge from active duty, he entered The Citadel from which he graduated in 1949 and in the fall of that year he entered the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary where he earned his law degree in 1952.

Upon his graduation from law school, Preston was employed as an attorney with the Fidelity & Deposit Insurance Company of Maryland and in 1957 he joined the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company where he served as an attorney for 12 years. In 1969, he was appointed Commerce Counsel for the Virginia State Corporation Commission and three years later was appointed Commissioner and served in this capacity for 24 years, retiring in 1996. Upon his retirement, Judge Shannon was awarded a Senate Joint Resolution by the Virginia General Assembly recognizing that, throughout his life and in his service to the Commonwealth, he exemplified the principles of honesty, integrity and fairness in which he so firmly believed.

After moving to Bon Air in 1957, Preston joined Bon Air Presbyterian and later Crestwood Presbyterian Church serving as both a Deacon and Elder. In later years he rejoined Bon Air Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Willow Oaks Country Club for over 40 years where he enjoyed many lasting friendships.

The graveside service will be private, a memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced, at Bon Air Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bon Air Presbyterian Church,


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Sharon and Ted Morrison

November 20, 2021

Ted, Matthew and I extend our condolences to all of the family. Judge Shannon and Ann have given us many kindnesses over the years. Our son, who loves history, reveled in the many Civil War stories the Judge shared with him. A true upstanding Virginia gentleman will be greatly missed.

Connie Howe

November 18, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Shannon family. Among the many steadfast admirers of 'Judge Shannon,' I was honored to serve as his secretary for years at the SCC. I have wonderful memories of working by his side and witnessing his devotion to honestly serving Virginians with fairness to all. I shall miss my dear friend.

Jay. H. Lowden, Jr.

November 17, 2021

Preston was a good old friend. He and I shared some memories when both of us were "working" ... he with the State Corporation
Commission and I in banking. We also shared church worship
together in the 1980s and ran into each other once in a while at
Willow Oaks.
My condolances and best wishes go to Anne.
Jay Lowden

Donnie Etz

November 17, 2021

I remember "Coach Shannon" well from when he coached little league baseball. He was especially calm and level headed . I appreciate now how busy he must have been to take the time to coach . I hope there is a special place in heaven for youth coaches!

Bernie Henderson

November 16, 2021

It is my honor of a lifetime to have been one of the first hires at the State Corporation Commission in 1972 by the newly elected Commissioners Shannon and Bradshaw. I was straight out of college. Judge Shannon took time to become my mentor, not just in the responsibilities of my position, but more importantly, in the principles of integrity and courage to stand firm for the right, especially when doing so might not be popular. He served during an extremely tempestuous era where it would have been much easier to do the popular thing, rather than the right thing. He shouldered the political criticism and time has now shown what he knew all along - Virginia was and will always be better because of his strength of character and his boundless intellect. "Well done thou good and faithful servant."

Bernie Henderson