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.
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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.