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Prominent local optometrist Michael Shannon dies at age 60
Dr. Michael Shannon

Dr. Michael W. Shannon, a longtime Hall County optometrist who operated clinics in Flowery Branch and Cumming, died Saturday. He was 60.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced soon by Memorial Park Funeral Home.

According to the biography on his Shannon Eye Care website, Shannon was born Oct. 5, 1957, in Gainesville and graduated from Gainesville High School with honors in 1975. He attended Georgia Tech and later graduated from Georgia State University in 1980. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1985 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.

“I’ve known Mike for over 40 years,” state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said. “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.

Layne Saliba

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