HillReporter Staff Writer Shannon Barber Passes Away At Age 39

Hillreporter is sad to bring you the news that our good friend and colleague, Shannon Barber, age 39 of Rock Hill, South Carolina passed away on June 16th, 2020. Shannon was 39. Shannon suffered a massive stroke on May 9th during the worst of all possible times, the COVID-19 pandemic. She was alone, in her apartment when all of this happened. She had been transferred from CMC to Atrium Rehabilitation Center to begin work on speech, writing, and movement when she succumbed to unexpected complications from her stroke.

Shannon was a beloved friend to many, an inspiring leader, and a fearless activist. She was an exceptional student and recently obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Women’s & Gender Studies from Winthrop University in May 2020. She also had an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from York Technical College. Shannon was the President of College Democrats at Winthrop University for 3 years and was the Vice President and Membership Director for College Democrats of SC. She was actively involved in coordinating several presidential candidates’ visits to Rock Hill, including Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and she personally introduced Pete Buttigieg on stage during his visit. In addition to being a full-time student, Shannon also worked as a writer for political publications.

I worked with Shannon off and on for almost two years at hillreporter.com, where Shannon did freelance work. I ultimately became her managing editor. Shannon was bright, witty, collaborative, responsible…and so much more. We all miss her dearly and her work may be seen by all at any time by visiting her author page here:


Everything Shannon ever wrote for us may be found here.

Shannon is survived by her parents Albert Ronald Barber, Sr. and Doris Elaine Bertha Barber, her sisters (3) Brooke Ashley Barber (DaRel Daniels), Sommer Marissa Barber, and Shenika Yolanda Barber, her brother, Albert Ronald Barber, Jr. (Amanda), her Grandfather, James Frank Bertha, Sr., and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

RIP, Shannon, We love you! ❤😢


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