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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
John Cannon

John Richard Cannon

Thursday, May 24th, 1923 - Saturday, March 9th, 2019
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John Richard Cannon, son of the late John Asbury and Caroline Francis Knox Collins Cannon, was born in Horntown, Virginia on May 24, 1923 and departed this life following a lengthy illness on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center, Parsley, Virginia.

John Cannon attended Horntown Public Schools and Mary N. Smith High School of Accomack County, Virginia. He met and married Bernice Miller Cannon. He later received his certification as a licensed electrician and plumber. For many years, he worked as an independent contractor fixing the neighborhood’s electrical and plumbing problems. He worked at the Carlton Massey Auto, Inc., – Used Car Dealership, Pocomoke City, Maryland, until his retirement. He will be long remembered by all the people he touched with his unique skills and jovial personality.

John Cannon gave his life to Christ at an early age and became a member of Dea's Chapel United Methodist Church under the late Reverend Elisha White. During his lifetime he was very active in his church, where he faithfully served as a member of the Men’s Chorus, Finance Committee, and other ministries. John held several offices in the church including: Chairman of the Trustee Board, President of the Usher Board, Sunday School Superintendent, and President of the Methodist Men. John loved his church and loved working with the Lord. John’s life and spirit were a blessing to all who came in contact with him. His words and deeds bore witness to the love of GOD which was in his heart. His physical illness never weakened his faith.

He will be remembered for his thoughtfulness, witty remarks, and laughter. His love of the Bible seemed to radiate to all people that he came in contact with. He loved to pray and his favorite saying was from Deuteronomy 3 1:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

He was a loving father, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He leaves to cherish fond and loving memories a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his seven sisters and seven brothers, Marie “Mareah Janie” Dennis, Virgie Downing, Annie P. Cannon, Herby A. Cannon, Ethel “Delema” Cannon, Annie Townsend, Harriet Cannon, Thomas Edward Collins, Sr.,Willie Wallop, Charles Cannon, Harry Cannon, Sr., Harvey Cannon, Sr., Burton Cannon, Sr., and Clyde R. Cannon, Sr.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    New Beginnings U. M. Church (Formerly Friendship)
    32347 Chincoteague Rd
    WATTSVILLE, VA 23483
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    New Beginnings U. M. Church (Formerly Friendship)
    32347 Chincoteague Rd
    WATTSVILLE, VA 23483
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:00am
    New Beginnings U. M. Church (Formerly Friendship)
    32347 Chincoteague Rd
    WATTSVILLE, VA 23483
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    Rev. George Warner
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Dea's Chapel United Methodist Church
    4089 Fleming Rd.
    HORNTOWN, VA 23395
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Stephen Hunter

Posted at 10:11am
John was a wonderful man... I have many memories of him... His wit, his smile, and his laughter will live on in everyone who ever spent time with him... Peace be with you my friend until we meet again... Stephen

Lynette Waddey

Posted at 09:30am
To Brother Alvin Cannon and Family:
We, the 31st Street Baptist Church family, extend our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your dear loved one, John Richard Cannon. We were saddened to hear of his passing, and we are praying for you in your loss. This is the time for you to turn to God because He knows about your sadness, and He promised to take care of you no matter what you are going through.

In your loss, we commend you to the comfort and care of God, who is able to wipe your tears away and fill your hearts with a joy of contentment. Remember that in your hours of discouragement, God is your encouragement. He will lift your faltering spirits and renew your strength. May the comfort of God’s loving arms carry you through the quiet moments and bring you peace. So look to Him during this time of your bereavement.

Sorrowfully submitted by the order of the 31st Street Baptist Church.
Alvin Campbell, D.Min., Interim Pastor
Lynette Waddey, Church Secretary


William Huffman

Posted at 08:37pm
I had the honor of knowing Mr. Cannon through our Friday evening Bible Study at Shore Life Care. He always said he wanted to hear the Word of God preached. He liked to sing "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" and always told of how the men's Chorus would sing this song every Sunday. Whenever I hear this song, I think of Mr. Cannon. He was INDEED, A CHILD OF THE KING!! May you take comfort in knowing that he is now in the presence of our Lord and Savior , Jesus Christ!!
God Bless- Bill Huffman

Posted at 02:31pm
John cannon was a character. He was one of the resident at SHRC that touch my heart,because no matter what he had something funny to say. It sadden me when I received the news that he had passed onething I know about John is that he was a Christian man. I will miss you John but I know you are no longer in pain sip until we meet again my friend..

Francine Savage and Patricia Blount

Posted at 01:48pm
Uncle John, we will miss your light and laughter at our family gatherings. You will be greatly missed. We love you.
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