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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kathy Shackelford


Funeral Services for Mrs. Kathy Shackelford will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 30, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven,

with burial at Riverwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at Riverwood, and will resume at 1:00 p.m.,

Sunday before the service.


Kathleen Jane Fiser Shackelford, 66, of Bogue Chitto, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, July 25, 2017.

She was born in Little Rock, AR, on June 30, 1951 to Thomas Fiser and Mary Elizabeth Fiser.

She graduated from Henderson State College with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and received her Master of Arts degree from Ohio University.

She also held a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology. Upon completion of these degrees,

she worked for many years providing language services to children and adults in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area. 

She married John Shackelford on May 17, 1980 and they moved to Talladega, AL, where she was employed by

the Alabama School for the Deaf. They moved to Louisville, MS, in 1990 and eventually found their way to Brookhaven in 1994.


Kathy was very active in her school and community. As a speech-language pathologist with the Brookhaven School District,

she touched many lives. Because of her passion for helping children and animals she involved the children in

Operation Christmas Child, Heifer International, as well as collecting food for BARL. She was also very active in her church,

where she served many years as a teacher in the childrens Sunday school department, as well as helping expand the pre-K department.


Preceding her in death are her parents, Robert G. Fiser (brother), and Dr. Tad Fiser (nephew).


Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, John Patrick Shackelford: sons, Steven Shackelford, Rex Shackelford,

and Eric Shackelford; daughter, Katie Shackelford; brother, Tom Fiser (Sandra); sisters, Marilyn Elder (Ron), and Jean Geiger,

as well a host of loving family members and friends.


The family would like to thank all of the staff at Hospice Compassus, as well as Mrs. Annabelle Dickerson, 

for the loving care and compassion they provided.


Memorials may be made to Operation Christmas Child through samaritanspurse.org , Brookhaven Animal Rescue League,

or to Blessings in a Backpack through First United Methodist Church.




  • Comment Link Katherine Harrison Sunday, 30 July 2017 08:02 posted by Katherine Harrison

    Ms. Kathy, you finished the race! I'm so glad to have known you. Prayers for peace for the rest of the Shakelford family. I'll be thinking of you all today during the funeral. Sending much love from Ohio!

  • Comment Link Judy Lockert Adcock Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:22 posted by Judy Lockert Adcock

    To all of Kathy's family: I grew up with her at Primrose United Methodist Church and always enjoyed being around her. She was a sweet person, and I know you will miss her greatly

  • Comment Link Valerie Williams Saturday, 29 July 2017 10:39 posted by Valerie Williams

    I first met Mrs. Shackelford when I started working at Brookhaven Elementary School back in 1986. I found her to be a very kind lady who always wore a smile! In 2008, I left BES for several years and just returned in 2016 to find her still working there! She welcomed me back with a smile! We will all carry the memories of her in our hearts and I pray GOD'S strength and peace for the family!

  • Comment Link Nancy McDonald Rinehart Friday, 28 July 2017 18:45 posted by Nancy McDonald Rinehart

    Kathy, I admired you throughout our 12 years at Fuller. I often wished I could be more like you -- so kind, sweet, gentle, smart, and quiet. You had all the qualities that anyone should strive for.

  • Comment Link Carol Phillips Wadleu Friday, 28 July 2017 14:39 posted by Carol Phillips Wadleu

    Have thought of you often and wondered where you ended up. Now you are home; the best place possible. I will see you again so hold a spot for me.
    Carol Phillips Wadley

  • Comment Link Bob Moore Friday, 28 July 2017 13:50 posted by Bob Moore

    My condolences to all of Kathy's family. I've known her since she was in elementary school, and went to high school with her brother Bob, and roomed with him at Henderson. My prayers are with her family. God bless.

  • Comment Link Mitzi Dunn Friday, 28 July 2017 09:06 posted by Mitzi Dunn

    Two horse crazy 12 year old girls met in Junior High School, 7th grade, 1963.
    A lifetime ago which seems like yesterday.
    I know there were horses and beautiful trails awaiting you in Heaven.
    I will always remember the times we shared and love you always.
    Mitzi Dunn (Snell) Little Rock, Arkansas
    "Happy Trails to you - Till we meet again" ✝


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