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John Early Cannon


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Brother John Early Cannon age 73 of Roswell, New Mexico passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 with his family by his bedside. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

We will celebrate John’s life at 2pm Thursday, Aug. 1st, 2019 at Country Club Road Church of Christ at 700 W. Country Club Rd, Roswell, NM. Interment will follow at Douglas L. McBride Veterans Cemetery at South Park in Roswell, New Mexico.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, July 31st from 10am-7pm at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home.

John Early Cannon was born to Lincoln and Gertrude Cannon on September 12, 1945 in Fayette, Alabama. John received his secondary education from Davidson Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee where he received his high school diploma and biblical studies certificate in 1964. Following high school, John joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 8 years. During John’s military service, he was stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. It was there where he met his wife of 51 years Glory Dean Hall. The two were married August 30, 1967.

John was a proud proponent of education. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 and his Masters of Education in 1981 both from Eastern New Mexico University.

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John’s professional careers included the Roswell Job Corps, Captain at New Mexico Military Institute, and Federal Health Advisor at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. John was later transferred to assist in the opening of the VA Clinic in Artesia, New Mexico. While in Artesia, John assisted many veterans in obtaining much needed medical and financial benefits until his retirement in 1996.

John was an active and beloved member of the Roswell community and championed many organizations. John was gratified in memberships of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Roswell Midday Lions Club, The Elks Lodge, and served as the Commander of Disabled American Veterans for a significant number of years.

John Early Cannon often stated that preaching GOD’s word was his first love. He was very passionate and active in his ministry. His service to the church spanned over 5 decades while heading congregations in both Hobbs and Roswell, New Mexico. Brother John E. Cannon was the Minister of Elm Street Church of Christ in Roswell, New Mexico until his health began to fail him.

John was also known to many as “Early,” “Big John Cannon,” “Mr. Biggs,“ “Pops,” “Brotha Cannon,” “Papaw,” “GrandDad,” and “Can-Can.” John also loved to fish, hunt, and cook for family and friends.

We are so proud to have been blessed to have John Early Cannon in our lives for 73 years. Thank you for helping us celebrate a wonderful servant, man and life.

Those left to cherish John’s memory is his loving wife Gloria; his children: Kenneth Caine and wife Yvette of Nashville, TN; Pamela Hutt and husband Dion of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; John Pleasant and wife Rachel of Roswell, NM; Sherna Cannon of Roswell, NM; Eric Cannon and wife Alisa of Roswell, NM; Carla Cannon of Las Vegas, NV; Zachary Cannon and wife Christina of Roswell, NM; his grandchildren: Brittney, Josh, Trevor, Cameron, Cairah, Allana, Ashley, CeeCee, Niam, Jameel, Ericca, Jaidinn, Denhem, Jodeci, and Kamaia; four great-grandchildren: Jenessa, Artus, Camorah, and Dra’yah; siblings: Henrietta Imogene Peacock of Nashville, TN, Mattie Jean Davis of Nashville, TN, Sister in-law Mozelle Cannon of Tuscaloosa, AL, Jeff Douglas and wife Mary of Tallahassee, FL, Rosemary Douglas of Nashville, TN, Charles Cannon and wife Pamela of Atlanta, GA, David Douglas and wife Carolyn of Nashville, TN, Janice Tyre of Jaspar, AL, Faye Howard and husband Ernest of Jaspar, AL, and Brenda Williams and husband Harold of Ashville, AL; mother-in-law, Jewelene Hunter of Roswell, NM; and countless nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

In addition to John’s immediate family, he is survived by his good friends: Brother Charles Reese of Roswell, NM; Joe and Naomi Mosely of Albuquerque, NM and the Terry Family of Roswell, NM.

Preceding John in death is his daughter Sally Ann Cannon; his parents: Lincoln Cannon and Gertrude Benford; brothers Lincoln Cannon Jr. and Timothy Douglas; brothers-in-law: Bobby Gates Hall and Donnell Hunter; and sister-in-law: Betty Jean Biggers Jewell.

Honored to serve as Pallbearers are Stephen Cannon, Chris Hall, Felipe Gamboa, Wallace Warner, Trevor Pleasant, Cameron Cannon, Niam Cannon, and Jameel Cannon.

Blessed to be chosen as Honorary Pallbearers are John Pleasant, Eric Cannon, Zachary Cannon, Dion Hutt, Charles Cannon, Charles R. Hall, Warren C. Hunter Jr., Eldridge Hunter, Wayne Hunter, Adolph Hunter, and Rudolph Hunter.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Country Club Church of Christ and the home health team at Kindred Hospice.

An online registry can be accessed at www.andersonbethany.com/obituaries/John-Cannon-13

Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Bethany Funeral Home.

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