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Dr. Charles William Shannon

September 16, 2011

CALHOUN CITY — Dr. Charles William Shannon passed away at his home in Calhoun City, on Sept. 14, 2011. Charles was born May 10, 1937 to Rudell and Corrinne Shannon in Grenada. Both preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until service time. Officiating the service will be Rev. Jim Vance, Rev. Wayne Gullett, and Rev. E. Allen Bailey.
Music will be performed by Tim Hardaway and the First Baptist Church Men’s Quartet. Pallbearers for the service will be, Kenneth Corey, Jimmy Ball, Tobey Parker, Greg Pollan, Johnny Langford, and Kenneth Knight.
Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Lackey, Ovid Kimbrough, Jim Morgan, Robert Ed Boland, Johnny Aven, Faculty and staff of the Food Science Department at Mis
sissippi State University, and the retired Mississippi Co-op Extension Service Lunch Bunch. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Heating and Air Fund, P.O. Box 94, Calhoun City, Ms 38916.
Charles leaves 54 years of precious memories to his loving wife Joyce, whom he married July 18, 1957.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, he leaves his son James William “Jamie” Shannon his wife Alice and their three sons, Jay “James Davis”Shannon, Logan William Shannon, and Benjiman Charles Shannon of Greenville; his daughter Charlsia Lyn Fortner and her husband James P. and their twins, Charles Arthur Fortner and Audrey Corrine Fortner of Arlington, Va.; one brother-in-law Elvis Lynn Logan and his wife Sue of Southaven; four cousins Mary Ann Hoop of Grenada, Doris Jean Knight of Batesville, Joann Pierce of Horn Lake, and Charlotte Pierce of Tennessee.
Also preceding him in death is a special aunt and uncle, Miss Addie Spurgeon and her brother Roy Spurgeon of Grenada.
Dr. Shannon attended Big Creek High School in Big Creek and graduated in 1954. After high school he received his bachelor of science degree in dairy manufacturing from Mississippi State University and received the 1958 Sears 4-H Club Scholarship.
He received his master’s degree from Mississippi State in Food Science, Minor Extension Education in 1971.
He earned his Ph. D. from Mississippi State in Food science, Minor Extension Education in 1974.
In his career, Dr. Shannon served with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service, Mississippi State, and Assistant County Agent with responsibilities for 4-H Club youth work. He also was promoted to Associate County Agent with 4-H Club youth work responsibilities and both youth and adult dairy promotional work.
During his career he was awarded with many honors and was a member of numerous organizations, including Farm Bureau, Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Gamma Sigma Delta – National Honor Society of Agriculture, served as secretary of the Mississippi Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Tau Sigma – Honorary Society for Food Science, served as president of the Mississippi Chapter of Phi Tau Sigma, served as the Southern Regional Counselor of Phi Tau Sigma, Epsilon Sigma Phi – National Honorary Extension Fraternity, American Dairy Science Association, Institute of Food Technologists, served as the Regional Communicator for Institute of Food Technologists – 1976 to present, was a charter member of the Magnolia Section of Institute of Food Technologists, served as First Secretary/Treasurer of the Magnolia Section of the Institute of Food Technologist, served as president of the Magnolia Section of Institute of Food Technologists, served on the Executive Committee of Magnolia Section of Institute of Food Technologists for six years, Mississippi Sweet Potato Council, and served on the board of directors of Mississippi Sweet Potato Council.
Dr. Shannon’s military service included Army National Guard; 223 Engineers in Calhoun City, Equipment Operator 1955-1958; 890 Engineers in Gulfport, Surveying Section 1958-1961; 108 Armored Calvary in Tupelo, Communications Section 1963-1971; 3390th United States Army Reserve School in Jackson 1980-1983. He retired as command Sergeant Major of 386th Personnel and Administration Battalion. Also he was one of only 264 selected nationwide for enrollment in Sergeant Majors Academy in 1984 which includes both regular Army and Army Reserve Personnel.
At the time of Dr. Shannon’s retirement in 1990 he was serving as professor, acting Department Head, researcher and Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station and leader of the Mississippi Co-op Extension Service; all within the Food Science and Technology Department at Mississippi State University.
Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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