Thomas Shannon Fuqua

Born in Dickson, TN on September 17, 1932

Departed on April 21, 2020

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Thomas Shannon Fuqua – Age 87, passed away April 21, 2020 in Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. Fuqua is preceded in death by his loving wife, Ann K. Fuqua; daughter, Laura Fuqua; brother, Wilbert Jennings Fuqua; sister, Annette Fuqua Sykes.
Survived by his daughter, Julie Fuqua (Heather); brother, Sherwin Fuqua; Aunt, Ernestine Still Reed, and other nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fuqua was a 1950 graduate of Dickson High School in Dickson, TN. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany for 2 years. Mr. Fuqua was an administrator for the American Red Cross where he worked for 32 years. He also was a longtime member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN.
A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Sandra Griggs of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating.
Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will only allow a very limited amount of people in the funeral home for visitation and graveside service. Please visit our website at to send condolences and sign the guest book for the Fuqua family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fuqua Biology Scholarship – Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210-2877 Att. Peg Cooning, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 6300 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209, Westwood Presbyterian Church Music Fund, 3011 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211, or Fairfield Food Pantry, 78 Donald Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014.

25 Comments to Thomas Shannon Fuqua

  1. Tommy and Patty Grones says:

    Such a kind man. He was a wonderful role model in our young lives at St John’s. We’ll always remember him fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Jim Vaughn says:

    He always greeted me with a smile and hand shake. I always felt he was a supporter and fighter for the St. John’s congregation.

  3. Jane Colarossi says:

    I always smile when I think of Shannon. What a sweetheart and lovely man.

    • Cindy Price says:

      Shannon was always a smiling, quiet, gentle presence. His love of his family was always first, his love of his church family always shown with his greetings, smiles, and faithful loyalty. Heaven gained a beautiful
      Angel. Julie, you are in my thoughts and prayers, your Dad was so very proud of you, and glowed whenever he had news to share. God bless this beautiful family and friends.

  4. Nancy Watson says:

    Shannon was a saint with a twinkle in his eye! His utter and complete devotion to Laura and Ann was inspirational and a lesson in love that we all should seek to achieve. It was a privilege to know him and call him “friend”.
    Sincere sympathy, Julie.
    Nancy Watson

  5. Rev. Dr. Jeff Colarossi says:

    Always smiling, Shannon was a true gentleman. I will miss our visits and was blessed to have known him. I hope and pray that his family and friends would know something of the peace of Christ that Shannon is experiencing right now!

  6. James r pace sr DDS says:

    I am sorry to learn of shannon’s death. He was a wonderful man. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know him .my prayers go out to God for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  7. Peggy Motley says:

    We remember Shannon as a kind and helpful person. He was a master at gently persuading our congregation

    to increase our giving. He always said he was giving us an “opportunity”. We enjoyed meeting him for breakfast

    at Cracker Barrel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Julie.

    Peggy and Bob Motley

  8. Cindy Marshall says:

    He was a sweet soul and family man. I remember him always smiling, as a patient youth Sunday School teacher. Such a live well lived. Deepest sympathy.

  9. Vic Lineweaver says:

    Great Man!! My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of loss.

  10. Glen and Bonnie Fuson says:

    Such a good friend! Sunday’s at St Johns and later for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Shannon, Bob and Peggy Motley, Glen and I, what subjects we covered at breakfast…always left with a hug and kiss on the cheek. We hated to see him move away but knew it was best for him. Now he’s with Ann, such a faithful husband……a loyal friend and a true servant of God.

  11. Jill Driskill Ruthemeyer says:

    Shannon always wore suspenders and a smile. What a wonderful man. It was a joy to have known him. My mother, Estelle, found comfort listening to his southern accent. It reminded her of home(Virginia). Heaven has received a very gentle soul. Love to you, Julie.

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  13. Mark Mills says:

    Shannon was a true man of God, and a gentle, kind soul. Earth has lost a good man, and Heaven gained an angel.

  14. Phil House says:

    I remember him and his family fondly during my 13 years as organist at St. John’s.
    A wonderful man and great fan of my music.

  15. Michael Grones says:

    Shannon always embodied kindness and compassion. I always enjoyed those qualities when I had the pleasure to speak with him; whether it was while growing up at St. John’s or in later years when our visits were less frequent. Shannon was someone you couldn’t help but want to model your life after. Well done Mr. Fuqua, and thank you.

  16. Delilah Reynolds says:

    Shannon was a wonderful sunday school teacher for the youth. He was always kind and made us feel worthy of love.
    Prayers for comfort and strengrh for the family.

  17. Benita Villines says:

    Shannon was such a kind and gentle soul. I worked with him for many years on the finance committee at church, and he was always patient and considerate, even when our church’s finances were less than desirable. He was always Anne’s “gopher” for the many Sunday School class Christmas parties we had at their house. He was truly a wonderfully kind and Christian man.

  18. Libby Hampton says:

    Thinking of you, Julie as you face the loss of your Dad. He was a good man and a good and patient Sunday School teacher. May the Lord comfort you and hold you in the palm of his hand.

  19. Tony & Carol Lain says:

    We’ve known Shannon for many many years and never once have ever seen him angry! What a calm, peaceful man of God! He was always the best example to us of what being a Christian looked like! Julie and family, you’re in our thoughts and prayers…..

  20. Bonnie says:

    Julie, when I read the comments I had to smile, someone mentioned Shannon always wore suspenders. I had forgotten that……all the things people have written is so true about Shannon. What a life he lived. He was also so proud of you, he would tell us about you giving music lessons and he would be so excited when you were coming for a visit after Ann passed away. Julie, Heaven has gotten one of the best. I pray for you in this time of sorry but I know that you rejoice in knowing he is with God no doubt about it.
    Love to you……………Bonnie

  21. Betty Howard says:

    Julie, Shannon was a sweet, kind and gentle person and always had such a sweet smile. Take comfort in knowing he is with Ann and Laura now. May God Bless you, love Betty

  22. Joe Kretchik says:

    I was saddened to hear of Shannon’s passing. I knew Shannon most of my life. He taught my youth Sunday school class and he, along with Ann, sponsored our MYF group at one point. As an adult, I was pleased to have the opportunity to serve on committees and work on church projects with him. He always seemed to be in good spirits. I never saw him mad at anything or anyone. He was a genuinely warm and friendly human being who led by example. He loved his family and his church. We were all fortunate to have had him with us for a while.

  23. Mary Dawn Pafford says:

    My sincere condolences Julie. Shannon was the sweetest neighbor any could want, as was your Mother.
    I crack up when I see him in my mind out with the garden hose with his thumb over the spout instead of any nozzle.
    His dedication to Ann and Laura who was always with him cheerfully. An end of an era that was pure love and devotion.
    Best wishes to you.

  24. Douglas G. O'Donnell, Ed.D. says:

    I was one of the fortunate people who had the opportunity of working with Shannon at the American Red Cross. He always had a smile for everyone, and a balanced attitude at all times. He was friendly, popular and loved by all. He loved the American Red Cross and especially his wonderful family. He never complained and he always completed his objectives. He will be missed by all. God Bless You Shannon.

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