Opal Marie Tennison

February 26, 1923June 6, 2018

Opal Maria Tennison (Ganna), passed away after a lengthy illness on June 6, 2018. She was at her home surrounded by many of her loved ones.

She was born in Bullard, Texas to George and Louisa Clyburn on February 26, 1923.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus L. Tennsion; her parents, two brothers, L.G. and Travis; three sisters, Claudia Bean, Dorothy Jackson, and Nadine Tennison; and one son-in-law, Steven Longshore.

She is survived by her two daughters, Donna Kennedy and son-in-law John, and Nadara Stamps-Longshore. She had seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren, sister Barbara Braly, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Bullard Texas High School. She also trained in nursing from Nan Travis Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Texas. Opal had a passion for children and worked for 30 plus years as a pediatric nurse. She was a longtime member of University Church of Christ. Opal loved to travel with friends and family and took many trips with Chuck’s Travel. But her greatest joy in life was spending time with grandchildren.

Family visitation will be held on Sunday, June 10 from 6-8pm at Lloyd James Funeral Home. Her memorial service will be held at University Church of Christ on Monday, June 11 at 2pm, with her grandson Shaun Stamps officiating. Interment will be held at Cathedral in the Pines.

Pallbearers will be son-in-law John Kennedy; grandsons Shea Stamps, Casey and Shane Kennedy; great-grandsons Shawn-Mark Deems, and Brayden Goodson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Great-Grandsons Tyler and Cheyenne Kennedy, and Matthew Manziel; Grandsons-in-law Mike Goodson and Billy Harris; Great-Grandson-in-law Brandon Castle and Craig Barlow, family friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her favorite charity Saint Jude’s Hospital for Children.


  • Saint Jude’s Hospital for Children


  • Visitation Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, June 11, 2018

Opal Marie Tennison

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Gary Iverson

June 10, 2018

Opal - Your kindness and generosity is what I remember most about you. I was truly blessed to be a part of your life. My heart goes out to all of your family . I know you will be very much missed.

Nadara Stamps-Longshore

June 9, 2018

My beloved mother;you are the person I have most admired. You taught me about love,patience,tolerance,forgiveness,humility,loyalty,inner beauty and to see the best in others.You taught me about God and Jesus.Your gentle,sweet spirit touched many lives.You spent your life caring for and blessing others.Despite all of the heartaches,losses and hardships you faced,you kept going and kept giving. Now you are reunited for eternity with Jesus and loved ones you have cried for and missed. This gives me comfort. I will miss you every day and until we meet again,I will carry your love in my heart . Your thankful daughter,Dara❤️

Donna Kennedy

June 8, 2018

There is a special place in Heaven for this wonderful, kind, and gentle woman. She will be greatly missed by all she left behind, but I know she is rejoicing sering Jesus and being reunited with my daddy, her parents, and brothers, sisters and friends who have gone before her. I will see you again, Mother, and we will rejoice together. Your daughter,