Shannon Kathryn McHone (Barry), 32, passed away peacefully on April 11
after a heroic 9-year battle with brain cancer. It was a beautiful early spring
afternoon, a perfect day for her to return to our Lord. Shannon, born in
Syracuse, NY on August 20, 1986, was the daughter of John and Theresa and
immediately began touching the lives of the people that knew her. She
moved to NC in 1988 and to Wilmington in 2000 where she attended Hoggard
High School before graduating from UNCW with a degree in teaching. During
this time, she also met and married the love of her life, Charlie McHone, and
together they had a son, Landen, who is now 11 years old. They would have
been married to eachother 12 years on May the 4 th (be with you). She loved
teaching, particularly students with disabilities, and was able to continue
working and teaching until September 2018.
Born into a world with 9 grand and great grandparents, she remains survived by all four of her
grandparents, Anne and Mike Barry and Evo and Sue Talucci, two couples who have been married over
50 years. Also surviving are her parents, John and Barb Barry and her mother, Theresa Talucci. As the
oldest sister, she is survived by Barb and John’s children, Shelby, Kieran and Brayden and Theresa’s
children, Gabriella and Luke. Her true love and Bugabear, Charlie and their son Landen remain here with
family as we all wait to be reunited with our beloved Shannon. She was preceded in death by her
goddaughter Payton Forrian and recently by her family dog Mace. In her last days we found comfort
knowing that Shannon would soon be united in heaven with her rescued canine son and Cousin Payton
and we imagine they’re now dancing and playing together again with joyous smiles on their faces.
While Shannon will long be remembered for her valiant fight with cancer, she will forever be defined by
the life she enjoyed both before and after her diagnosis. To the end, she reminded us all that the
purpose of life was to Just Live and live she did for her 32 years. She had a gift to always find the good
inside the bad and left all those she touched better than they were before they met. She reminded us
that to find life’s treasures all we had to do was look for them and she took great joy in helping us see
them every day she was with us. She was one of those treasures and Heaven is now a richer place with
her in it.
The family would like to thank their family and friends for their incredible love and support throughout
this journey. In particular, Shannon’s dearest friends, Jen, Kristina, Claire, and Lindsey. The New Hanover
Baseball community, Shannon’s Sharks at Sunset Park Elementary, the Duke Neuro-Oncology team and
Casey Bayliss Brown, and her most recent teammates in Raleigh (Swift Creek and Lincoln Heights
Elementary Schools). As her caregivers, Charlie and Barb carried a heavy load and the family will forever
love them for how well they cared for and loved Shannon during her final days.
Shannon’s legacy will continue with the formation of the Flunk Cancer Foundation, a charity established
to help support teachers and their families as they continue to Just Live while battling disease. In lieu of
flowers, the family asks that donations be made to this Foundation. Donations can be made via checks
made payable to Flunk Cancer and mailed to 2498 Greenwell Ct., Wilmington, NC 28409 or via PayPal at
Shannon, our sweet angel, we all will see you soon.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at Freedom Baptist Church. Time TBD