R. Howard Cannon, 80, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, following an extended illness. He was a native of Carter County and was the son of the late George and Geneva Kelly Cannon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Edwards Cannon, on November 11, 2003; two brothers and one sister.
Mr. Cannon was retired from Emmanuel Christian Seminary after 35 years of service as a printer. He was the former owner of Cannon Craft Printing and was a member of East Side Free Will Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He loved fishing, bowling, and woodworking.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and the Rev. Mark Street, Johnson City; one son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Steve and Laura Cannon, Byron, Ga.; two granddaughters, Laurie Bradshaw and husband Michael, Macon, Ga.; and Kellie Sumner and husband Michael, Fort Valley, Ga.; one grandson, Charlie Cannon and wife Shana, Macon, Ga.; five great-grandchildren, Andrew Sumner, Max Bradshaw, Benjamin Sumner, Bella Bradshaw, and Elliott Cannon. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Cannon will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Steve Cannon and the Rev. Mark Street officiating. The eulogy will be given by his granddaughter, Kellie Sumner. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to the service. Music will be under the direction of Joel Street.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 11, at Happy Valley Memorial Park, with the Rev. Justin Deaton, officiating. Active pallbearers will be Michael Sumner, Michael Bradshaw, Charlie Cannon, Curtis Cannon, Tony Edwards, and Tim Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be the faculty and staff of Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Flag presentation will be provided Chaplain Colonel Edward J. Young. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. on Monday to go in procession.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Emmanuel Christian Seminar, One Walker Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax (423) 542-9499. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Cannon family. Office (423) 542-2232, Obituary line (423) 543-4917.