Born and Raised in Bradenton Graduate of Manatee High School Class of 1972 Graduate of the former Miami-Dade Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service. Over 40 years of experience in Funeral Service, Florida Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1974. Member and Past President of the Manatee County 100 Club, Retired from the Bradenton Police Department, Inspector with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Member of First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, Active supporter of the Manatee High School Army J.R.O.T.C. Program
William A. Hutchings, L.F.D.
Born in Orlando, Florida. Graduate of De Land High School Class of 1981, De Land, Florida Graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Class of 1983, with an Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service. Over 30 years of experience in Funeral Service, Florida Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1986. 15 years of service at Shannon Funeral Home. Licensed Florida Life Insurance Agent for over 20 years. Florida Notary for over 20 years Member of the Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Volunteer with the former Manatee County Neglected Cemetery Ad Hoc Task Force. Member of the First Baptist Church of Bradenton. Member of the Circle of Success Chapter of B.N.I.
Tammy Valenti is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She has earned 4 college degrees , the 4th being in Funeral Services from St Petersburg College. She performed her internship in Bradenton. Tammy is from Madeira Beach, Florida, but now lives in St. Petersburg. She graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in 1990. She honorably served in the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard for a total of 12 years, on military bases around the world. Married to the love of her life and the proud mother of four adult children, one daughter and three sons, and three dogs. Member of the Florida West Coast Funeral Professionals Association and currently serving a second term on the Board as the Treasurer. Member of Calvary Chapel St Petersburg.
Barbara Dresser born in New York NY. Raised on the east coast of Florida. Graduate of Mainland High School in Volusia County. Attended the University of South Florida. Has been in the Funeral Industry, since 1968, first doing the hair and cosmetic at a family owned funeral home and then working full time in all areas of the funeral home in 1972. She earned her cosmeticians license in 1968 and maintains it to this day. She has been with Shannon Funeral Home since 2003, as a Family Counselor/ Pre-need Arrangements Counselor. She has two children, one son and one daughter and her handsome little Chihuahua, Yoda. A past member of American Business Women’s Association. Enjoys cooking, listening to music, going out with friends, and traveling.
Joseph R. Shannon
Joe was born and raised in Bradenton, FL where he attended and graduated from Manatee High School in 2010. While at Manatee he participated in the Army J.R.O.T.C. program for all 4 years. Joe attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and served as the Commander of the Arnold Air Society. He is furthering his education in electrical engineering at USF in Tampa. Joe is also a 4th generation Shannon to work at the funeral home. He currently assists his father as an attendant.
Matthew St. Clair
Attendant and Website Administrator
Matthew is the grandson of Joseph E Shannon and one of the 4th generation of the Shannon family to work for the funeral home and has been working there on and off since high school. He works part-time at the funeral home and manages this website. Matt was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida and graduated from Manatee High School in 2001. Matt attended the University of South Florida and is getting his degree in Computer Networking. He proudly served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps where he attended bootcamp at Parris Island, SC. During his time in the Marine Corps, Matt was deployed to Djibouti, Africa as Base Security and also had the privilege of attending a special training event at Camp David, Israel with the Israeli Army in 2009.
Eugenia "Gene" Shannon
1928 - 2014
Eugenia "Gene" Raymond Shannon was born in Lakeland, FL to Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Raymond. Dr. Raymond was a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland for more than 20 years. After attending Queens College in Charlotte, NC. "Gene" met Joseph E. Shannon and they were married in 1948 and established a home in Bradenton, Florida. They were blessed with 2 girls, 2 boys, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. "Gene" was active in serving the Peace River Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly as well as the women's group of all. She has been an active Bible leader and has been in the choir all her years in Bradenton. This year will be 50 of active membership in the P.E.O., a women's group that helps women financially continue their education. The Manatee Players was also a special interest to her, where she performed and also made the costumes for many plays. During all her years at Shannon Funeral Home, "Gene" was always present when needed to talk to families, work funerals, answer telephones and anything else that was necessary to help out.