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Dr. George Ward ShannonSeptember 22, 1920 ~ October 14, 2017 (age 97)
Dr. George W. Shannon (97) died peacefully on October 14, 2017 after a short stay at Morrison Manor in Laurinburg, NC. He was lovingly surrounded by his family during his days there and cared for by Hospice angels. Dr. Shannon is the husband of the late Frances Terrell Shannon, father of 5, a leader in his church and a Veteran of the US Army Corps during WWII and the Korean War. He was a friend and doctor who touched the lives of thousands over 36 years of medical practice, 10 years in military service and 26 years in private practice. He was a urologic surgeon and first urologist at the Laurinburg Surgical Clinic. His portrait is displayed in Scotland Memorial Hospital. He served the Lord faithfully raising his family up in the Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher over his lifetime. Dr. Shannon was an artist and painted landscapes with oils and acrylics into his 90s. He was the anchor and source of pride for a large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He said beautiful blessings at family gatherings for holidays.
Dr. Shannon’s funeral service will be on Tuesday, October 24, at 10 AM at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 West Church Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352, with Pastor Duane Hix officiating. The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. A private burial service with military honors will follow at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens in Little River, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church 600 W. Church St., Laurinburg, N.C. 28352 or Scotland Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, N.C. 28353.
Dr. Shannon was born September 22, 1920 in Tazewell, VA to Rev. Bev. O Shannon and Margaret Ward Shannon. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Harriett, brother, Beverly, grandson, Benjamin, and wife of 69 years, Frances. He is survived by his five children; Sandra Hoffman and husband Randy of Laurinburg, NC, Ann Jenkins and husband Len of Wilmington, NC, Karen Shannon of Wilmington, NC and Carol Shannon Moore of Wilmington, NC, and Dr. George Shannon, Jr. and wife Maggie of Billings, Montana. He is also survived by the 8 grandchildren who loved him dearly; Jim, Laura, Bryan, Grey, Kristy, Kent, George III and Hunter, in addition to 9 great grandchildren.
George was a graduate of Broadway High, VA, Davidson College (Honor Graduate, ROTC commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in Infantry in 1942) and University of Virginia School of Medicine where he interned in the Army Specialized Training Program and received his M.D. 1945. In 1946, stationed at Fort Belvoir during WWII, George met Frances and they married. While stationed at Valley Forge, PA, Sandra was born. Next, during the Korean War, he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX and served a 4 year residency at Brooke Army Hospital where 3 more daughters were born, Ann, and next, twins, Karen and Carol. He served as Chief of Urology in 1953 at Rycom Army Hospital in Okinawa. Next, he was Chief of Urology at 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Frances and his four daughters joined him in Landstuhl and they lived with a German family. George, Jr., was born in Landstuhl.
Dr. Shannon retired from military service to begin civilian practice in 1955. He moved his family to Rockingham, NC to enjoy six years of private practice in urology and surgery from 1955- 1962. He was Chief of Staff at Richmond Memorial Hospital and was active in the Presbyterian Church, Richmond County Cancer Society, Rotary Club and Boy Scouts. He also taught Urologic Nursing in Hamlet. Longtime friendships were made in Rockingham and maintained throughout his lifetime.
In 1962, he moved his family to Laurinburg to join Laurinburg Surgical Clinic. He practiced medicine and surgery at the Laurinburg Hospital from 1962-1981. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, a member of the American Medical Association, Carolina Urological Association, Scotland County Medical Association and NC Medical Association. He was loved by his patients and many drove from Rockingham and further to be treated by him. He retired after 26 years in private practice and reenlisted in the US Army as Chief of Urology at Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps in 1984.
As they grew older, he and Frances moved to Wilmington, NC, to be near 3 daughters. They joined Wrightsboro Baptist where George loved teaching the Adult Tysinger Sunday School Class. In their golden years, they returned to Laurinburg and rejoined the Presbyterian Church. Frances preceded George in death by 2 years and he missed her daily. As his health failed, George was blessed with daily care by his daughter Sandra and her husband Randy, additional help from his other daughters and his grandchildren, and at the end, was blessed with Hospice care. The family finds comfort in knowing George loved the Lord and is free of pain, at peace, and reunited with Frances and loved ones.