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MRS. VENAREE R. SHANNON 1940 - October 17, 2016 Chester, GA- MRS. VENAREE ROLAND SHANNON, age 76, of Chester, GA, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, October 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Keith Hall & Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Pine Level Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Venaree was a member of Pine Level Freewill Baptist Church and in her earlier years taught the intermediate Sunday school class. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a talented seamstress who enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Venaree worked as a dental assistant after her girls were both in school. Later, she worked in a bank for a short time before getting the opportunity to work with the state at the District Health Department in Dublin as a clerk for the Stroke & Heart Attack Prevention Program. After working in the health department for ten years where she was promoted to secretary typist, senior secretary typist and served as Laurens County Registrar in birth and death records, she transferred to the Department of Corrections at Chester State Prison. She worked at Chester for five years and transferred to Eastman Youth Development Facility as an Accounting Tech. She was promoted to Administrative Services Manager and when the facility was changed from Department of Corrections to the Department of Juvenile Justice, she was promoted to the Administrative Operations Manager. After working there for about ten years she decided to retire in December 2003. She served on the Advisory Committee for the facility for several years after retirement. Venaree was born to the late Ida Lee Passmore Roland & R.C. Roland on March 6, 1940 and was preceded in death by a Brother – Billy Roland. Survivors: Husband – Willie Oscar Shannon of Chester; 2 Daughters – Jane Sterling of Dublin and Sue Taylor (Tony) of Chauncey; 4 Grandchildren – Shannon Taylor, Shane Taylor, Chad Sterling and Adam Sterling; Son-in-Law – Ricky Sterling; 2 Sisters – Hazel Roland Bennett of Eastman and Syble Roland Pruett of Chester; 3 Brothers – Ronald Roland (Mae) and Dudley Roland (Dianne) both of Eastman and Jimmy Roland (Patsy) of Chester; Sister-in-Law – Ann Roland of Chester; Numerous Nieces and Nephews. The family may be contacted at the Shannon residence, 3251 Middle Ground Church Rd., Chester, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Wednesday, October 19. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation. Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman has charge of arrangements. View the online memorial for MRS. VENAREE R. SHANNON
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