May 13, 2014. Joe Shannon, founder of Mountain Home Music, passed away Tuesday morning in Florida.
Shannon had been battling cancer since 2012 and stepped down as executive director of Mountain Home Music in December as his condition deteriorated. An educator and musician, Shannon was a beloved member of the High Country.
Before he left for Florida in March to spend his remaining days with family, Shannon was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Pat McCrory, and the Town of Boone adopted a resolution recognizing Shannon for enriching the community and preserving the cultural heritage of Appalachia. In an interview in January, Shannon said that he started the music concert series, which is now in its 20th year, to honor the local styles of music and showcase the many, many talented yet relatively unknown musicians in the region.
Shannon received a rousing ovation during a Mountain Home Music Concert in March as he was wheeled into the concert hall in Blowing Rock.
“[And then there was] just a spontaneous roar. It was like Nelson Mandela entered the room. A tremendous feeling of love and inspiration swept over everybody,” MHM Board Member David Finck said, acknowledging the impact Shannon, a career educator, has had on the community.
A friend of Shannon’s said that a memorial service will take place in a couple weeks in Florida – as well as a ‘Celebration of Life’ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. For more info on Shannon, click to the following articles and scroll through the photos below.