Marion Shannon Pressley

Our beloved Marion “Shannon” Pressley, 92, of Fountain Inn went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ late Thursday evening, June 30, 2022.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, John Edgar Pressley, Sr.

Mrs. Pressley is survived by her children, Shan Pouliot (Ron), John Pressley Jr. (Tina), Steve Pressley all of Fountain Inn, and Neva Clark (Stan) of Beaufort; grandchildren, Joe Pouliot (Amber), John Pouliot, Kate Gaudet (Lonnie), Kita Pressley, Zane Pressley, Allie Scharfe (Alex), Melanie Ashmore (Charles), Elizabeth Pressley, and Pressley Clark; great-grandchildren, Abigail Pouliot, Madeline Pouliot, Reagan Pouliot, Harley Gaudet, Gauge Gaudet, Alanah Gaudet, Emmett Gaudet, and Josie Ashmore.

Shannon was born in Bethune, a rural northeastern SC town and lived in Midway (between Camden and Bethune).  She was the daughter of the late William Beaty & Marion Shannon Stevenson. She grew up in Winnsboro, Marion, and Chester, typical small town SC where everybody knew everybody. We rode bikes, went to the movies (for 9 cents), and had no concerns for safety.  The teacher who influenced her most was her first-grade teacher, Neva Shannon “Coota” Montgomery, she was her aunt. She liked reading and history, but books always won out.  Shannon graduated from Chester High School in 1947 and then attended Winthrop College with a major in Education as she wanted to be like her daddy and Coota.

Shannon and John got married November 10, 1948 and moved to Columbia where she worked in the engineering department at Southern Bell until she and Papa John started a family.  She loved family and family time the best, birthdays’, Christmas’, vacations, reunions, school events, she always went.  For many years she made her special birthday cake for her family.  This recipe has been passed down to each generation.  She was converted early in her marriage to a Gamecock although her father was a Clemson graduate.  She was an avid fan of the University of South Carolina and enjoyed football, basketball, baseball, and especially softball.  She faithfully attended all her children’s events and continued it to her grandchildren.  To many she was known as Grandma. 

Shannon was a true conservative and believed in this country and taught her family the importance of voting and having a voice.  We all know we live in a better place because of her. We look forward to seeing her again.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at Cannon – Byrd Funeral Home in Fountain Inn.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 11:00 am at Presbyterian Fellowship of Fountain Inn with Pastor Shawn Hevener officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Drive, Chester, SC 29706 at approx. 3:00 pm.      

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Presbyterian Fellowship of Fountain Inn, 417 S. Main St., Fountain Inn, 29644

Condolences to the family of Marion Shannon Pressley

  • Rev Jim Cooke
    3 months ago

    So thankful for those early days and our times together. I learned so much from my cousin and her friends in Chester. Trips to Blackstock were special and life was very good. Love to your family and friends – Jimmy

  • Kathy Tate
    3 months ago

    Shan and family,
    I’m so sorry about your mom. I remember her being at Fountain Inn Elementary for so many of her grandchildren’s activities. She was a big part of FIES back in the day. Praying for you.

  • Raymond Merk
    3 months ago

    John, Tina, and family. My deepest condolences for your loss. The importance of education, family, and faith are all evidenced in your Mother’s story. Thank you for sharing. My loss in not knowing her personally, but I am sure that I have seen glimpses of her in my interactions with you. Sincerest regards, Ray

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. We gladly carry on her values and love for friends and family.

  • I would surely be there if I could, but I broke my kneecap and am not able to come. I will be praying for all of you and know that you are thinking about the Glory she is now in for eternity.

    Much love to all,
    Lila

    • Thank you so much. We pray your kneecap goes into fast healing. Missed you yesterday. Know you were there in spirit! – Shan

  • Mary S. Boyd
    3 months ago

    Your mother was the BEST. She and John raised a wonderful family of caring, loving children and grandchildren. She was an inspiration to generations of Pressley’s! I know you take comfort knowing she’s with your dad now. Love, your Cousin Mary Shannon Boyd

    • Mom and Dad’s boot camp was a benefit to all of us. Their love has carried us through. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. We love you. – Shan

  • Joseph Reiland
    2 months ago

    So sorry for the belated condolences but I just saw this. My prayers will be lift for you all. Mrs. Shannon was such a dear sweet soul and I know she is rejoicing in the fullness of joy in her salvation. May God’s hands be upon you all during this season of mourning and may legions of Heavenly Angels surround you all and lift you up.
    > Peace <

  • Joe…We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. We have many fun memories to share with each other. I am sitting at the table and remember when you were our disc jockey for Kate’s graduation party. She now has a 6 month old named Emmett. Great memories. Life is an exciting trip and mama had a full ride. Thank you for being a part of it! We miss you.
    Sincerely,
    Shan Pouliot and family

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