Carl Ewing Cannon
Carl Ewing Cannon, 88, of Waynesboro, died on Tuesday, January 2, 2013, at the Shenandoah House in Fishersville.
He was born on December 6, 1924, in Shattuck, Oklahoma, the son of Carl P. and Patti T. Cannon.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mildred Fauber Cannon; his daughter, Patti C. Parsons, son-in-law, Thomas T. Parsons Jr., and granddaughter, Dressler E. Parsons and grandson, Case J. Parsons, all living in Arizona; a brother, John Robert Cannon, also a World War II veteran, of Nashville, Tennessee; plus a host of nephews. Mr. Cannon graduated from Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama, at age 17. He learned to fly and obtained a private pilot's license on his 18th birthday. He volunteered for naval aviation cadet training. At age 19, he was commissioned an Ensign and Naval Aviator. He had the distinguished honor of being one of the youngest Naval Aviators in history. He served in World War II in the South Pacific and was awarded six Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was recalled during the Korean Conflict and served three years.
Between Naval service, Mr. Cannon earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. His entire professional career was in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration with executive positions at the Frigidaire Division of General Motors and Westinghouse Electric Company. Upon retirement from Westinghouse, he was the prime author of a very successful technical textbook on air conditioning and refrigeration. Mr. Cannon's community service included serving on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society, Lake Monticello Owner's Association and Glenmore Community Association. McDow Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends any time at their home, 2400 Village Drive, Waynesboro, VA 22980.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared online at www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com
This obituary was originally published in the News Virginian.