Shannan Gordon
1992 - 2016
Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home Riggins Road
1737 Riggins Road
Tallahassee, FL
Shannan Rose Gordon

Shannan's life of 24 years was tragically taken on April 16, 2016. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, music was the joy and driving force of this radiant being, and she gifted the world with her song. Inspired by her mother's love of music, Shannan eagerly and fearlessly began her own musical journey. As early as 5 she performed solos with The Celebration adult choirs, Christmas pageants from pony drawn carriages, sang graduation tributes, sports opening ceremonies, FSU children's choir, Water Oak Plantation Children's Ensemble choir and Chiles' Belle Chantique, and anywhere else her heart felt a tune or the opportunity presented itself including impromptu sing-a-longs with family and friends. Shannan's voice soared and lifted with it those in her presence.

She played violin from the age of 6, through Deer Lake and Chiles Orchestras and with the help of her dad, picked up guitar along the way. She was a competitive gymnast for 8+ years, relentless in effort, ranking 2nd in the state for age group. She then moved on to competitive synchronized swimming for her next challenge.

Camp Dovewood culminated her love of the outdoors, horses and God, making easy friendships with girls otherwise ignored. Friend to the friendless, from camper to mentor, a perfect fit. Shannan's creativity and attention to detail allowed her to flourish in numerous areas including song writing, mixing, composing, jewelry making and cooking.

Shannan felt deeply, loved with abandon and sought solace in her music for her sensitive and boundless spirit in this constrictive world. She is singing now, for that there's no doubt, joined in harmony by the birds, trees and wind. The voice of her heart and soul lingers with those she laughed, loved and played with. You are so missed Shanny, our eternal Shannan Rose.

Shannan is survived by her father and mother, David and Shawn Gordon, siblings: Amber and Chase Rolling and Kayla Gordon. Grandmother, "Nana" Maida Gordon. Aunt Elaine and Uncle Rick Donof, cousins Scot and Fina. Grandparents David and Reba Southerland. Uncle Brad and Aunt Lori Southerland, cousins Joseph, Ashley and William, Aunt Mary Rolling and cousins Patrick and Heather Southerland.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 22nd at 2pm at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road. A catered reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Victims Advocacy Program.

Published by Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 21, 2016.
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Megan Hilty
February 21, 2017
Thank you all for sharing your loving memories and hearts for Shannan and our family. Such a deep deep loss and void will forever be felt in our hearts and lives, but the unconditional love we share for our Shannan keeps her bright smile, loving heart and angelic song with us forever. <3 XO
Shawn Gordon
May 10, 2016
Shawn, my heart breaks for you. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and that you are so loved.
Chee Chee Buie
April 23, 2016
It has been years since I last saw you, but you are far from forgotten. Your beautiful smile and enduring friendship will always be a memory I treasure. My heart and prayers are with your family during this time. I know you are looking down on us all now and serenading us with one of your songs.
Hannah Moody
April 22, 2016
Shawn, There are no words I can say. I know that God's loves and he will help you threw. I wish we could have been closers threw the years,but not in the plan book.Please know that my prayers and love out to you and the kids. I have never forgot you.
Cyndi Broome
April 22, 2016
Kayla, Dave and Shawn, We are so incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts break for you. Kayla, Chandler has such fond memories of the summers spent at Universal with you, your dad and Shannan. May sweet memories of Shannan and knowing that so many care help sustain you at this difficult time.
With sincerest sympathy,
Fred, Toby and Chandler Byrd
Toby Byrd
April 22, 2016
Shawn & family,
We love all of you and are praying for you during this time and beyond.
Cindy Terry
April 22, 2016
Shawn and family: our hearts, love and prayers go out to you all today. We are here for you any and all the time. Love, Julie and Terry
Julie & Terry Schmidt
April 22, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. Shannan and I were in chorus together at Chiles. She was always smiling and laughing during class. Sometimes she would tell stories while standing on a chair in class. I remember us competing for a solo in chorus and I thought she had such a beautiful voice. I didn't keep in touch with her after graduation, but she was always a bright ray of sunshine when I was feeling down. She is already missed by so many. Rest in Peace, Shannan.
Lizeth George
April 22, 2016
Precious Shawn and family, Dave, David, James and I are in prayer for you and mourn with you for the loss of this precious girl! What a bright light she always was to James and me at CCS. We will always remember her very fondly. Our love and prayers to you!
Love in Jesus,
Becky Healy
April 22, 2016
These are the times when trust is the most wrestle and then lean into the faith that has led you all along. God is good...all the time...even when it is so very dark. Our prayers are with all of you and believe that God will bring His grace and peace in the storm.
Stuart and Teri Christmas
April 22, 2016
Shawn and family,

Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. I remember the fun times that our girls had together and especially the summer that they went to Camp Dove Wood. May the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bring you comfort during this time.

Ben, Kim, Morgan, Taylor and Riley Cowart
Ben Cowart
April 22, 2016
Dave and family, there are no words that convey what you are feeling. We hope that the beautiful memories will help you through this difficult time. Our love and prayers. Rodney and Linda
Linda Falmlen
April 22, 2016
I only briefly knew your dear Shannan but I could tell she had a heart of gold. I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart aches for you. Prayers for your family. Angie Wyche
Angiie Wyche
April 21, 2016
When I first met Shannan, she was so bubbly, so sweet, and so damn cool, I wanted just to be half as cool as she was.

Shannan looked out for me, kept an eye out for people to make sure I was okay. I won't forget the sound of her singing in the car, or when she walked around and just felt like it. I won't forget her smile, or the way she could light up a room, and fill up any space that dared to try and contain her.

Thank you for all the haircuts, I couldn't pull them off worth a damn but you made me feel so incredibly cool that it didn't matter. Rest easy, sweet girl.
Tori Cohen
April 21, 2016
Sleep sweet beautiful girl. You are so loved and missed. Taken too soon.
Lauren Courtney
April 21, 2016
Shawn, Amber, and Kayla, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I Remember Shannan from Celebration Baptist church where I worked there. She was was such a delightful person always smiling and laughing and being a great big sis to Kayla. A day won't go by without me thinking of her. You will always be in our Hearts Shannan.
Katie Bowman
April 21, 2016
I remember Shannan always smiling and laughing and being a great big sister.
Katie Bowman
April 21, 2016
Shannan had the most beautiful smile and the voice of an angel. Praying for peace that passes all understanding to guard your hearts and minds. We love you all.
Debbie and David Fell
April 21, 2016
Shannon, we are heart-broken for your family. Your sweet Shannon made a great impact on all of our lives. We still have her sweet bracelets she made my girls years ago. So many dear memories with you and your precious girls. We love you and are praying for you all.
Sherry Doran
April 21, 2016
Shannan, when we first met just a few short months ago, i felt an intense connection with you like i had known you all my life. You were comforting that way, and had a way of making those in your presence relax and open up. Our first conversation we laughed about how we had finally met the other Shannon/Shannan because we had heard so much about each other. Your smile and laugh were contagious. You gave the best hugs, too. I can still hear you calling me "babe" in your unique, surfer type voice. Oh my love, yoj should have had more time here to do more things, it just sucks! Youre up there with Jonmarc now, singing for him while he is dancing. i cant wait to see you both again.

To Shannan's family,
There will never be another like her, she was so so special. I will carry her in my heart forever, and never forget her. God bless all of you during this very difficult time.
Shannon Vonsee
April 20, 2016
There are no mortal words to ease your sorrow. I pray that God surrounds you with his peace.
Chris Hooper
April 20, 2016
Dusty Miller
April 20, 2016
Dusty Miller
April 20, 2016
Dusty Miller
April 20, 2016
You will be missed, You are in perfect harmony with God now.
Bob Fish (Ric Miller Band)
April 20, 2016
You won't be forgotten by the community. May you rest in peace. <3
Solana Bailey
April 20, 2016
From my earliest days of swimming for the Serinas as an elementary schooler, Shannan was one of the first examples of free spirits, love of people and overall love of life that I had witnessed. I will remember her contagious smile and commitment to her family, especially her sister Kayla. My mother used to wrap towels around the both of them after swim practices. I take comfort in knowing that God has his arms wrapped around her now. My deepest condolences to the Gordon family. I feel fortunate to have known and learned from such a beautiful soul.
Maya King
April 20, 2016
Shawn, David and family, our hearts are broken for you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Garry and Terry Goodin
Terry Goodin
April 20, 2016
Shawn and Family, our hearts go out to you in this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Bill and Susan Wester, , Tampa, FL
April 20, 2016
Shawn and Family, our hearts go out to you in this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Bill and Susan Wester, , Tampa, FL
April 20, 2016
Shawn and Family, our hearts go out to you in this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Bill and Susan Wester, , Tampa, FL
April 20, 2016
Shawn, David and family - such precious memories of Shannan - so very sorry.
We are praying for you.
Jerry & Ruth Garrard
April 20, 2016
So sorry to learn of Shannon's unexpected home going. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved getting to know Shannan at Celebration. She was so cute, loved her curly blonde hair, she was full of energy and had a beautiful voice. God Bless you all. Pam Knight
Pam Knight
April 20, 2016
My heart was crushed hearing that my sweet cousin had passed away so young. I haven't seen her in many years, but I only have happy wonderful memories or our times together. My biggest memory was her sweet smile! She always could light up a room. When she was real young and I visited her home in Tallahassee for the first time she took me by the hand and dragged me all over the house showing me everything. Then all of the cousins camped upstairs overnight all together giggling and being silly as cousins do. The world has truly lost a jewel, but our Lord has been blessed by a beautiful angel! In my faith I believe this is just a long hard good bye and I will see her again one day. That is what I will hold on to.

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 (KJV)
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Aunt Shawn, Amber, Chase, and Kayla please know that Charlie, Joeseph and I love you all and you all will be in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
Heather Ridgeway (Southerland)
April 20, 2016
Shawn and family,
My heart breaks for you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marla Newsom
April 20, 2016
Shawn and family,
So sorry for the pain you are going through. We have many sweet memories of CBC days with Shannan.
Dayle and Steve Isted
April 20, 2016
Shannan, when you were little you were such a firecracker with a wonderfully big smile and a great laugh! Praying for your Mom, Dad, Amber, Chase, and Kayla!
Jennifer Dion-Bruce
April 20, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with Shannan's family.
Sara Yount
April 20, 2016
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy go out to her Mom, sisters, brother and father.
Bethany Barnard
April 19, 2016
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