This week, the friends and family of Michael W. Shannon, a longtime optometrist who operated a clinic in Cumming, mourned the 60-year-old Gainesville native.
Funeral services for Shannon are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Chestnut Mountain Church in Flowery Branch. Shannon passed away March 10.
Those who knew Shannon had positive sentiments to share about the man.
Forsyth County resident Julie Austin, a client of Shannon’s for 20 years, said he was “such a good person. He was so down to earth, and his office staff was wonderful.”
Added Austin: “You felt like when you were at [his office], you were at a friend’s home … he went above and beyond … and everyone loved him.”
State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said he’d known Shannon 40 years.
“I knew him as a college student, a business person, a father and a husband and I have to tell you, you would be hard pressed to find a better man than Mike Shannon.”
Shannon was the third generation of optometrists in his family, following his father and grandfather, and including his brother. He opened his first office in Buford in 1988 and relocated it to Flowery Branch in 2009.
Shannon and his wife Tane Robson, also a Hall County native, had three children.
Miller added that the whole community loses when a man like Shannon dies. Miller said he and his wife talked several times about the kind of man Shannon was after finding out about his death.
“I can’t say enough good things about Mike Shannon,” Miller said.
Shannon was born Oct. 5, 1957, in Gainesville to Emily Kathryne Wallace Shannon, originally from Griffin, and Dr. Edward Hogan Shannon Sr., an optometrist in Gainesville.
He graduated from Georgia State University in 1981 and Southern College of Optometry in 1985. He launched his optometric practice in Cumming and expanded to offices in Buford and Flowery Branch.
He was a member of the Georgia Optometric Association, which honored him with its legislative service award. His patients voted him the Best of Forsyth Best Optometrist multiple times.
In addition, he was recognized as one of America’s Top Optometrists in the publication by that name.
He was a member of Chestnut Mountain Church, where his son-in-law, Jared Cagle, is associate pastor.
Cagle and Todd Robson will officiate Shannon’s funeral today. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville.
FCN Regional Staff Writer Layne Saliba contributed to this report.