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Kathy Shackelford

Funeral Services for Kathy Jane Fiser Shackelford, of Bogue Chitto, are Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven with burial at Riverwood Memorial Park. Riverwood Family Funeral service in Brookhaven is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and will continue Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.

Mrs. Shackelford, 66, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017. She was born June 30, 1951, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Thomas Fiser and Mary Elizabeth Fiser. She graduated from Henderson State College with a bachelor’s in science degree 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 May 17, 1980, and they moved to Talladega, Alabama, where she was employed by the Alabama School for the Deaf. They moved to Louisville in 1990 and eventually found their way to Brookhaven in 1994.

She 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 children’s Sunday school department, as well as helping expand the pre-K department.

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

Survivors 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; and 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.

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