The death angel walked into the room of Mercy Memorial Hospital and removed from our midst our dearly beloved Jess Willard Shannon, the 77 year old son of Edd and Estelle Nero Shannon. Jess was born in the Milo community July 7, 1932. The Korean War Marine Veteran received an Honorable discharge in January, 1961.


The death angel walked into the room of Mercy Memorial Hospital and removed from our midst our dearly beloved Jess Willard Shannon, the 77 year old son of Edd and Estelle Nero Shannon. Jess was born in the Milo community July 7, 1932. The Korean War Marine Veteran received an Honorable discharge in January, 1961.

Growing up in the Milo community, Jess attended Roosevelt School and later attended the Oklahoma City Adult Institute. He joined the saints at Jehovah Baptist Church at a very young age and was baptized in a tank behind the church. A dedicated warrior on the Lord’s battlefield, Jess was ordained as a deacon at Basilom Baptist Church in Denver, Aug. 17, 1969. Returning to Oklahoma, he acknowledged and accepted his call into the ministry and was ordained by Pastor Willie James Wallace at Jehovah Baptist Church, Aug. 26, 1984.

He and the former Alma Cotton were married Oct. 26, 1958. This union was blessed with three biological children, Estoria; Ray; and Josephine. Subsequently, Jess and Alma accepted her young brother, Anthony Jerome Smith, as their son.

He was employed as a bus driver for Plainview Schools for nine years and approximately three years for Healdton School. Never idle, other employments include cutting fire wood, truck driver, cab driver, and employment with Lee Way Saver Freight Lines for many years.

As the Apostle Paul, he endured hardness, as a good solder of Jesus Christ. Thus he was ready to be offered, and the time of his departure was Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. He had fought a good fight; he had finished his course; he had kept the faith, knowing that a crown of righteousness, which the righteous judge, at that day, shall give him and all others who love his appearing (II Timothy 4:6-8).

Jess was preceded in death by his parents; and his biological dad, Ora Jones; grandchildren, Jermell and Travell Lightsey; brothers, Lee Authur Jones and Shelton Williams.

He bids farewell to his darling wife of 51 years; three children and a son-in-law, Estoria and Charles McGee, Josephine Lightsey, both of Ardmore, and Ray Willard Shannon, Norman; his brother-in-law and his wife, Anthony and Laura Smith; two goddaughters, Barnell Stevens and Kim Kirkland; three brothers, Jerry Prince, Cortez Jones and Eddie Stevenson; four sisters, Alfredia Williams, Patricia Pickens, Norvell Johnson and Chlora Fisher; six grandchildren, Jerome Shannon, Jonathan Wrenn, Comesha Woods, T.J. Lightsey Jr., Christopher Shannon and Maurissa Stevens; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Wake service will be held in Kirk Chapel this evening from 6 to 7 p.m.

Family and friends will celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Jehovah Baptist Church. He will be laid to rest, to study war no more, in Jehovah Cemetery.