On July 20, 1940, he married Clara Irene McClung, who preceded him in death on April 12, 1994, after 54 years of marriage. To this union, three children were born. Mr. Cannon was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He served in the Pacific during World War II.
He had lived and worked as a farmer and carpenter in Essex since 1946.
Mr. Cannon is survived by his son, Malcom Cannon and daughter-in-law Anna Cannon of Essex and daughter, Sheila Turner of Pinellas Park, Fla.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers, Sidney Cannon of Memphis, Tenn., and James and Gertrude Cannon of San Antonio, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Billy Leon Cannon, and six brothers, Robert Cannon, Odell Cannon, Martin Cannon, Leroy Cannon, Guy Cannon, and Pat Cannon.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Watkins and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Biggs of Dexter officiating.
Burial will follow in the Chalk Bluff Cemetery near Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.