Obituary of Allan Douglas Shackelford
On August 17, 2020, Allan Douglas Shackelford, age 83, after a lengthy illness passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born on February 4, 1937 to Margaret Gee Shackelford and James Allan Shackelford of Carrollton, Mississippi. His ancestors were among the oldest founding and pioneer families of Montgomery County, Carroll County, and Carrollton where many of his family members still reside. He attended school in Carrollton and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1955. After high school, he attended The University of the South (Sewanee) before transferring to the University of Mississippi from which he graduated in 1961. A 1965 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, he moved to Clarksdale to begin his practice of law which has lasted until his death. His primary role as an attorney involved his work as a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal matters. In addition to his on-going private practice, he served as public defender in Coahoma County, Quitman County and Tunica County. As a public defender, he was most proud of his work in support of the Constitution of the State of Mississippi and the United States Constitution protecting the right of every American to a fair trial and due process under the law, an oath which he took as an attorney and upheld throughout his lifetime and his professional career. He was the senior member of the Coahoma County Bar Association. He is survived by his wife, Florence (Flo) Larson Shackelford, two children, Ann Gee Shackelford Connell (Willis) of Friendswood, Texas; Allan Douglas Shackelford, Jr. (Gwyn) of Houston, Texas; and step-daughter Frances West Redmond Cook (Dale) of Clarksdale. He is survived by grandchildren, Lea Shackelford Purezinsky, Charles Willis Connell IV, Margaret Anne Shackelford, Elizabeth Grace Connell, Joseph Luke Connell, Joshua David Connell, all of Texas; and in Clarksdale, Dale Cook III and Larson Cannon Cook. The family requests that at this time that there be no visitation or funeral at this time in order for everyone to remain in their homes, locked down, and safe until the danger of gathering has passed, at which time there will be a Memorial Service and gathering at Friars Point United Methodist Church in Friars Point, Mississippi, where he regularly attended as a member. Meredith Nowell Funeral Home will be in charge of all arrangements, including present interment at Riverside Cemetery in Friars Point, Mississippi. With deep appreciation at this time, the family has asked that all memorials be sent to the Memorial Fund, Friars Point United Methodist Church, Box 245, Friars Point, Mississippi 38631, Johnny Yount, Treasurer.