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John Carter Cannon

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Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland announces the death of Mr. John Carter "J.C." Cannon, age 93, of Cleveland who passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, following a period of declining health. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Richard Long and the Rev. Mike Borchert officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Cannon was born in Lumpkin County on April 19, 1920, to the late Oscar Cannon and Fairy Cain Cannon. He spent his early years in Lumpkin County, graduating from Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga. After his years of service in the Military during WWII, he returned to school at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga. There he earned a Degree in Education and later went to earn a Master's Degree at the University of Georgia. He retired after teaching science and math for 30 years in the White County School System. Mr. Cannon was a member of Retired Teachers of Georgia, Yonah Lodge No. 383 F&AM and the American Ex-Prisoners of War. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Mr. Cannon entered military service on Feb. 27, 1942, and was discharged on Oct. 5, 1945, as a T-Sgt. with many medals, including two Purple Hearts. After being captured and walking approximately 300 miles, he arrived at the infamous Stalag 17 in Krems, Austria. He spent approximately two years in prison before being liberated May 8, 1945.

In addtion to his parents, Mr. Cannon is preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Cannon, Alam Reese and Sue Perez as well as his brother, Dean Cannon.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jessie Allen Cannon of Cleveland; son, Mark Cannon, of Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Mary Ann Cannon of Athens; grandchildren include Matthew R. and Laura E. Cannon, also of Athens; brother, Pat Cannon of Norcross; sisters, Barbara Matthews of Bethesda, Md., and Jean McCall of Columbia, S.C.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Flowers will be acknowledged, however it requested that memorial donations be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, P.O. Box 3438, Cleveland, GA 30528.

To share a memory or to send a condolcence, please visit www.alexander-funeral.com

Arrangements for Mr. John Carter "J.C." Cannon are in the care of Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland, 706-865-1500.
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Mar. 26, 2014
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