John W. Shannon, Sr., retired Colonel in the US Army and former Under Secretary of the Army, passed away on Friday March 17, 2017 at Southern MD. Hospital. John was born September 13, 1933 in Louisville, KY to John and Alfreda Shannon, both now deceased. He was also predeceased by his wife, Jean, his son John Shannon, Jr., his sisters, Nettie S. Jasmin and Roberta Malone. He is survived by his brother-in law, Eugene Malone, his nieces Gina Moore, Susan Robards, Florence Naylor and Claudette Linder, one nephew, John Stapleton and a daughter in law, Therese Shannon and a host of great nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The viewing will be from 9 to 11 am followed immediately by the funeral service on Thursday March 30, 2017 at Ebenezer AME Church, 7707 Allentown Road Ft. Washington, MD 20744. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 9a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in their name to the non-profit food and clothing pantry T.C.R.C. at 6626 St. Barnabas Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745.