Benjamin Shannon ’42

Benjamin Eugene Shannon, 97, of Shallotte, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Born May 20, 1920, in Gastonia he was the son of Samuel Edward Shannon and Ina Shannon Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Thelma R. Shannon; brother, Anderson Shannon; sisters, Ruth S. Shanklin and Irene S. Wise; and grandson, Jeffrey Presson.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Ed Presson of Niceville, Fla., and Beth and Steve Spoon of Shallotte; four grandsons, Scott and David Presson and Chad and Eric Spoon; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Tucker Presson; and a great-granddaughter, Lexi Spoon.

He grew up at Barium Springs Orphanage and graduated from Davidson College. He served his country as a career officer in the U.S. Army and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. The Revs. John Causey, pastor of Shallotte Presbyterian Church, and Eric Spoon, pastor of New Bethel Presbyterian Church of Piney Flats, Tenn., will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Hope Alliance in Barium Springs or to Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

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