|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1862|
|Death: ||May 20, 1929|
Lebanon Banner, Tennessee, Thursday, May 23, 1929
SUMMONS COMES TO J.L. SHANNON
PROMINENT PHARACIST AND CHURCHMAN HAD BEEN ILL TWO YEARS
Was Native of Wilson County and Descended from Two of Its Pioneer Families.
J.L. Shannon, druggist and one of the leaders in Lebanon's business and community life, died at his home on West Main Street at 4:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. He had been ill for nearly two years. For several months past his condition had been critical. He had himself realized for some time that recovery was impossible and, several weeks ago, expressed the hope that the end would come on the anniversary of his wife's death, which occurred on May 8 twelve years ago.
The funeral was held from the First Presbyterian church at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning with attendance perhaps as large as has ever been seen in Lebanon and with a profusion of floral tributes. Prayer and eulogy were said by the Rev. O.E. Gardner, now of Chattanooga but a native of Sharon, where Mr. Shannon was for a number of years in business. Mr. Gardner spoke out of a lifetime of intimate acquaintanceship with the man of whom he spoke. Dr. D.M. Harrison, Mr. Shannon's pastor for the past ten years, read from the scriptures and from the funeral service of the church.
Dr. E.L. Stockton and Mrs. Julian Campbell sand the same songs which they sang at Mrs. Shannon's funeral twelve years ago.
Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
J.L. Shannon was a native of Wilson county, a member of one of its pioneer families. Born on September 26, 1862, he was the youngest child of G.V. Shannon, who had a few months before enlisted in the Confederate army and who died in the service without an opportunity of returning home after his youngest child was born. J.L. Shannon's mother was Mrs. Mary C. Baird, a member of another of the county's pioneer families.
When he was sixteen years old, J.L. Shannon went to West Tennessee and began working in a drug store at Sharon. After a few years, he moved to Greenfield and engaged in the drug business on his own account. For nearly or quite a quarter of a century, he conducted a progressive drug store in that town.
Twenty years ago, he came back to Wilson county and engaged in the drug business in Lebanon. He rapidly built up a business as large as any in Lebanon and the store has maintained that position ever since. For several years past, the firm name has been J.L. Shannon & Sons.
Mr. Shannon at various times had an investment interest in other enterprises, but he devoted his time wholly to his store, his home and his church. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian church here, as he had been of the Presbyterian church in Greenfield.
Mr. Shannon married Miss Mattie Ezzell in Greenfield in 1883. Their five children survive. They are Harry and Homer Shannon, who were associated with their father in
business, James Shannon and Miss Mary Shannon, all of Lebanon, and Mrs. William Powell of Walton, Oklahoma. He leaves, also, four grandchildren and a numerous connection in Wilson county and elsewhere. His two brothers and one sister died several years ago. They were James C. Shannon of Sharon, Tenn., W.W. Shannon of Macon, Miss., and Mrs.
Turner Hancock of this county.
Among the out of town people who attended the funeral were Clyde Ezzell and wife of Nashville, James Ezzell and family of Newsom, Robert Ezzell of Memphis, and Loyal Shannon of Macon, Miss.
George Washington Shannon (1829 - 1863)
Mary Caroline Baird Shannon (1832 - 1908)
Martha Ezzell Shannon (1865 - 1917)*
Harry Battle Shannon (1886 - 1962)*
Nelle S Powell (1888 - 1965)*
Homer Ezzell Shannon (1892 - 1968)*
James Jackson Shannon (1896 - 1976)*
Mary Lee Shannon (1902 - 1989)*
James Clinton Shannon (1849 - 1900)*
Mary Malissa Shannon Hancock (1854 - 1926)*
William Washington Shannon (1858 - 1917)*
Jackson Lee Shannon (1862 - 1929)
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Plot: Shannon Family Plot
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: May 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90985301