OBITUARY

Dennis Clifford (Cliff) Shanks

August 30, 1971June 8, 2013

Dennis Clifford (Cliff) Shanks of Pascagoula passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, June 8th, 2013. He was 41. Cliff, son of Don Shanks of Madison and Pam Flint of Jackson, was born in Jackson on August 30, 1971.

Cliff was preceded in death by his grandparents Fred and Frances Shanks of Jackson, and Dennis and Jean Chancellor of Forrest. Besides his parents, Cliff is survived by his children, Andie and Jake, and their mother Michelle Coggins Shanks of Pascagoula. He is also survived by his half sister, Jordan Flint, half-brother, Chance Flint, and step-father, Stan Flint of Jackson. He is also survived by his uncles, David Shanks of Shreveport, Doug Shanks of Brandon, and aunts, Kaye Gray of Byram, Mimi Barrett of Nashville, Beth Frizsell of Jackson, and Cindy Fant of Jackson and by his special friend, Christy Kelly of Dauphin Island.

Cliff graduated from Clinton High School where he was a member of the 1990 State Championship Baseball Team. Cliff was named All State and signed a baseball scholarship with Ole Miss. Cliff transferred to Lassen College in California, where he was named All-America and the most valuable player in the Golden Valley Conference. He then signed a scholarship with Auburn University, where he had one of the most productive seasons in Auburn baseball history. In 1993 he was named to the All-Southeastern Conference and the NCAA All Regional team. Cliff concluded his collegiate career at William Carey University, where he received his BS degree. Cliff played professional baseball with the BUTE Copper Kings of The Pioneer League. He was employed with the Bailey Lumber Company in Ocean Springs.

Serving as pall bearers will be Fred Shanks, Sim Shanks, Davey Shanks, Justin Gray, Jason Gray, Bryce Barrett, and Chance Flint.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway form 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00am at the Funeral home with visitation starting at 9:00am.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2013
REMEMBERING

Dennis Clifford (Cliff) Shanks

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Millie and Tres

August 31, 2013

Happy Birthday, Clifford! I sent you this yesterday morning but when I just checked I forgot to hit send!

August 20, 2013

I am sooo sad to hear of this news!!!!!:(:( Cliff and I were very good friends in high school and after but lost touch over the years!!! I have always thought of him and to hear this just breaks my heart!!! Please accept my condolences!!!!:( I love s him very much and he will be missed!!!

Jean Ellis

July 26, 2013

Pam, sweet neighbor from Forest, my heart continues to mourn with you in the heavenly home-going of Cliff. What an outstanding young man and son he must have been, and he obviously left a wonderful legacy in the lives of so many. Our prayers continue to lift you and your family....hopefully, it is somewhat of a comfort just knowing that so many continue to remember you in thoughts and prayers. Love, Jean Stringer Ellis, Gainesville, Georgia

July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

David Barrineau

July 5, 2013

Cliff was just three when I worked with his mom, Pam; and grandfather Fred, in the Jackson District Office of ATF. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family.

Pam Flint

July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013 - To my precious son, Cliff:
I never knew real love until I held you in my arms! I have never known true heartbreak until now, as I have to give you up! Until I can see you again, I will hurt, love, cry, miss you and keep your beautiful memory alive for Andie and Jake for the rest of my days so that they will know how special we are that God chose us to be your mom, your daughter and your son! Happy Fourth of July, my first love! I love you forever and will see you again! Mom.

June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

Jordan Flint

June 28, 2013

From the time I can remember, Cliff was always my biggest inspiration. Growing up I wanted to make our mom just as proud as Cliff had made her; and with his advice and coaching, I think I may have been able to come close. He was so humble and understated, yet phenomenally caring and dependable. If I ever needed anything, and I mean anything, no matter the physical distance between us, he was there.

The shock and denial are starting to wear off since I haven't heard your voice in what seems like an eternity. We will never recover, but I know you are giving us the strength to make it one day at a time. I will think about you every day for the rest of my life, and hope that I can live up to your legacy. I miss you, even though "missing you" isn't even the right word anymore.

The comfort I find is that I can still have conversations with you since I know you so well, I know exactly what you would say back to anything I have to say. You were always the strong person to lean on and that is hard to say goodbye to, but now you will have those powers and more up there on your pedestal. I love you as much as any little girl could ever love her big brother, and I will still know to lean on you and depend on you when times get hard. I love you. No goodbyes here, just a see ya later.