An obituary for Dr. George William Shannon, Jr.


Dr. George William Shannon, aged 76, died peacefully in Columbus, Georgia surrounded by members of his immediate family on June 11, 2022.

Funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Church of the Holy Family headed by Father Ben Dallas. Rosary and evening prayers will take place at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 17, 2022 with a visitation followed until 8:00 PM at McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907. For those unable to attend funeral mass, it will be streamed live on the McMullen Funeral website. The burial will later be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Loreto, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shannon was born in Culver, Pennsylvania, to Agnes Marie (Hooper) Shannon and George William Shannon. He was part of the inaugural graduating class of 1963 at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania and went on to earn a BA with honors from St. Francis College in Loreto, Pennsylvania. In St. Francis he was chair of his senior class and was awarded the “Mr. Frankie Award for Academic Excellence and Extracurricular Participation. It was and still is the highest annual award given by the university to students. He continued his studies and received his MD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his internship and his residency in internal medicine at the University of Cleveland Hospitals.He was board certified in family and internal medicine.After completing his training, he served for two years in the US Public Health Service in Parsons, Tennessee.After his service, Dr. Shannon moved to Jackson, Tennessee to become the founding director For medical education in the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Residency Program until 1982 when he subsequently moved to Columbus, Georgia to accept the position of Director of Medical Education at The Medical Center.Dr. Shannon also served as Associate Dean at Emory University and the College of Medicine of Georgia during this time.In 1988 , left this position to enter private practice and was a founding member of the Horizons Physician Network/Horizons Diagnostics Group.In addition to his clinical practice and service as Medical Director, Dr. Shannon was Associate Professor and an assistant professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Gwinnett Campus of Georgia, and the University of Tennessee respectively. He retired from his practice in 2015 to spend more time with family and friends, to enjoy the peace and serenity of his home on Lake Martin in Alabama, and to follow his lovable tiger Auburn. In 2019, he joined the Spring Harbor community where he spent the rest of his life.

Among his extensive volunteer experience, Dr. Shannon has served in several roles at the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, including Chairman of the Board of Directors and the American Academy of Family Physicians, including Board Member. In recognition of his service, he was twice awarded the President’s Award for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. He was also awarded the title of 1998 Family Physician by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the Georgia Medical Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and George Shannon, Patricia Christner Moore Shannon, his sister Joseph Shannon, brother, and Lieutenant Colonel (retired) William McHale, Dorothy’s sister-in-law/brother-in-law.

Dr. Shannon is survived by Kerry Shannon, daughter of Decatur, Georgia and her family, Joe Yonkins, son-in-law, Hannah Yonkins, granddaughter, Cadene Yonkins, grandson, and Heather Ford, daughter of Grand Junction, Colorado and her husband, Adam Ford, son-in-law, Adam’s children, and George’s siblings , Jean-Marie Shannon of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Joe’s wife/sister sister, Dorothy McHale, Sister Meridian, A.D., James Shannon, brother of LaGrange, NC, and his family, Christine, James’s wife/sister-sister, George is the one who survived Several nieces and nephews.

Dr. Shannon expressed his wish that Jim Pinto, Larry “Beamer” Keaton, Stephanie Jankovic, Herb Cawthorne and Sarajane Andrews, mother of Heather Ford and Keri Shannon, be remembered as selected members of the family and loyal friends who enriched his life.

Dr. Shannon also expressed his desire to honor all the families he served in the community, and whose care he entrusted, and all the resident students he mentored, and who pass on his teachings to their patients and communities, Mary Simpson, Pennsylvania, a dear friend and colleague and Dr. Michael Sims a special friend and colleague.

We extend a special thanks to all staff, both private and staff, at Spring Harbor, St. Francis Medical Center, and Columbus Hospice for their true dedication to Dr. Shannon’s care and well-being.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be sent to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, the Foundation of Family Physicians of Georgia, which supports the health care needs of the local community and educates young people about the harms of tobacco and vaping:

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A memorial tree was planted for Dr. George