Dr. Paul K. Shannon NEW ALBANY - Dr. Paul K. Shannon, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Union County. He was born March 14,1924, in Mathiston to the late Robert L.Shannon and Jennie King Shannon. He was a long time resident of New Albany having served the community as an optometrist for 40 years. He served his Lord, his country, his state and his county in many capacities. He gave his service to the Lord at Cleveland Street Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for over 50 years as a deacon, elder and clerk of session. He was also president of the ARP Foundation, a member of the Board of Erskine College and the Dunlap Orphanage Board in Rosemark, Tenn., as well as serving as a Presbytery Delegate. He was instrumental in founding the Union County Airport and North Haven Water System, was a longtime member of the New Albany City School Board and served as president and as a member of the Mississippi School Board Association, now known as the State Board of Education. He was also a 60 year member of the Lions Club, Joseph Warren Lodge No. 71, New Albany; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, York Rite Mason, Shriner and member of the Eastern Star. An active member of the Republican Party, he was honored in Nov. 2006, by the Union County Republican Club with a ceremony recognizing his years of service. He was also honored with the placement of a brick at the Republican Party Headquarters in Jackson. A member of the "Greatest Generation", he served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Technician with the 563rd Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company (Tanks) in the European Theater. He continued to attend reunions with his service buddies until declining health no longer allowed him to go. When the Korean War began in 1951, he was asked to help organize a National Guard Unit in New Albany. Later he continued to serve with the Guard at Battalion Headquarters until his retirement in 1970, with the rank of Major. Services will be at 1 p.m.Tuesday at the Cleveland Street ARP Church with Bro.Tom Sumrall and Elder Roger Browning officiating. The eulogy will be given by Bob Craig. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Martha Thurmond Shannon, whom he married Aug. 14, 1944; two sons, Paul Hampton Shannon of Flowood and John T. Shannon and wife, Christy, of New Albany; four grandchildren, Dr. Paul Jason Shannon of Brandon, Amy Emerson and husband, Aaron, of Maitland, Fla., Ben Shannon and Leah Shannon, both of New Albany. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby Lucas, Hermie Pierce, Ophella Arnold and Mary Gruner; and four brothers, Franklin, Robert, John and William Shannon. Pallbearers will be J.L. Ledbetter, David Coleman, Vance Witt, Tony M. Brooks, Dr. James R. Bryson, Rickey Henry and Roger McMillin Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Ellis, Dr. James Thornton, Dr. Thomas Barkley, Dr. Thomas Shands, Kenneth Morton and members of theAmerican Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a church or organization of the donor's choice.