Willie Lane Shannon, 55, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at his residence after a long, hard illness.
He was born June 23, 1953, in Paris, Tenn., the youngest son of Elmer Hicks Shannon and Bulah Mae Flowers Shannon. He attended the class of 1971 in Camden High School. He made many friends he would carry fond memories of for the remainder of his life.
Lane took after his father and worked as a painter. As he grew up, he watched and learned a trade that would support his family. He worked in Memphis, Tenn., as a painter for many years for Daryl Cox, a job he loved. Then he worked in New Johnsonville, Tenn., at Chemetals until he had a work-related accident that ended his painting career.
The grief overwhelmed him and he was never the same again. After having a stroke and a massive heart attack, he moved to North Platte where, with the help of his sister-in-law, he started a new life as his health continued to decline.
After his open-heart surgery, his condition worsened and he moved to Kearney, where he began the beginning of the end of his life. Lane had a long and hard battle for over 11 years and he gave it his best fight!
Lane was a proud man, a good father and grandfather, and a good husband. He was a trusting and loyal friend, a loving uncle and baby brother. He saw life in a wonderful way and knew you never give up.
He had a special attachment to Edward Shannon''s children Michael, Clay, Janice and Carla; Chris Shannon and his girlfriend, Tera; as well as Linda Shannon Cagle. While living in Kearney at the Platte Valley Apartments, he was blessed with having a wonderful set of best-friend neighbors Eric Maack, Rita West, Dee Powell, Rick Conly, Loraine Barta, Beverly Gilmore and Ron and Patty Mason.
He leaves behind his wife, Melanie Lamb Shannon, and children David Randall Hysmith of Finger, Tenn., Christopher Lyal Lamb and friend Zack Pierce of Kearney, Melanie Chapman Goodrich and husband Richard of Bradford, Tenn., Jennifer Shannon of Kearney, Willie Lane Shannon Jr. of North Platte, and Stacy Shannon and friend Eric Storm of North Platte; 10 grandchildren; father-in-law Lyal Lamb Jr., sister-in-law Sue Purdy and niece Melissa Purdy all of North Platte; brother-in-law David Lamb of California and nephew David Lamb Jr. He also leaves behind his dog and best friend, Sprocket Shannon, who helped fill him with joy and happiness.
He also leaves Jan and Jackie Wyatt of Camden, Tenn., Margie and Larry Taylor of Jackson, Ronnie and Teresa Williamson of Jackson; and Teresa and Ricki Dale Mulliniks of Waverly, Tenn., for when his mother died Ruth Williamson Peterson (deceased) took him under her wing and raised him as if he was one of her own. She was his children''s Granny Ruth.
He was preceded in death by brothers Edward Shannon and James Shannon; Ruth Peterson, Bobby Lee Williamson and Connie Williamson; mother-in-law Gaynelle Lamb; and Dana Purdy.
Services will be 4 p.m.Aug. 18 in the Community Room at the Platte Valley Apartments 2007 W. 38th St.) in Kearney. A gathering of friends and family will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the community room. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences or personal reflections can be submitted at osafh.com.
Arrangements are with O''Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home of Kearney.