Earl Eugene Shannon, 89, of Marietta, OK passed away at the Mercy
Hospital in Ardmore, OK on February 27, 2022. His journey in life
began in Fort Towson, OK on March 13, 1932, one of ten children born
to James Calvin and Willie Lee (Johnson) Shannon.
Earl grew up and attended schools in Fort Towson. He enlisted in the
United States Army on April 21, 1950 and served during the Korean
War. For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart with Bronze
Oak Leaf Cluster, United Nations Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars,
Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations
Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of
Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation, and
the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Earl was honorably
discharged on April 20, 1953.
After his time in the Army, Earl returned to Frederick, OK were he
ran a milk route and later went to work for Brantley Helicopter. In
1969, he moved to Marietta and went to work for Weber Aircraft. He
was a member of the Assembly of God. Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing,
reloading ammunition, and playing the guitar.
Survivors include his sons, Earl Shannon and wife Marcia of
Gainesville, TX, and Ken Shannon and wife Lisa of Gainesville;
mother of his children, Lavon Shannon of Gainesville; sister, Iva
Paul and husband Gordy of Sherman, TX; brother-in-law, Clayburn
Jeffcoat of Henryetta, OK; sisters-in-law, Linda Shannon of
Alliance, NE, and Judy Shannon of Geronimo, OK; grandchildren,
Ritchie Shannon and wife Kelly of Comanche, OK, Eric Hanson and wife
Bili of Marietta, Stuart Hunt and wife Morgan of Edmond, OK, Amber
Hicks and husband Joe of Chickasha, OK, Jeff Shannon of Denton, TX,
Joey Westover of Gainesville, Jason Westover and wife Cassie of
Gainesville, Nikki Yeargan of Whitesboro, TX, and Stephen Yeargan
and wife Jessica of Krum, TX; and numerous great-grandchildren and
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, James and Willie Shannon;
wife, Shirlie Shannon; son, David Lee Shannon; brothers, Jerry
Shannon and wife Elizabeth, James Shannon, Charles Shannon, Kenneth
Shannon, and Dean Shannon; and sisters, Kathleen Perez, Wanda
Jeffcoat, and Christine Brown.
Services, with military honors for Earl will be held at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home Chapel of
Marietta with Lawrence Anderson officiating and Chaplain C.B.
Interment will follow at the Lakeview Cemetery
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 6:00
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Casket bearers are Stuart Hunt, Jeff Shannon, Ritchie Shannon, Eric
Hanson, Joey Westover, and Jason Westover.