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Floyd Keith "Barney" Cannon

JEFFERSON, TX - Floyd Keith Cannon, age 53, suddenly passed away at his home on April 19, 2009. Affectionately known as Barney Keith to many friends and as Barney Cannon to his loyal KWKH radio listeners, friends and family, Barney was born on October 9, 1955 in New Boston, TX. He is the son of Jean Cannon and the late Floyd H. Cannon of New Boston, TX and grandson of the late Jesse W. Campbell.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Kaye, twins Kimberly and Kyle of Jefferson, TX, his mother, Jean Cannon, his grandmother, Irene Campbell of New Boston, TX, along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Barney started radio in 1972 as a part-time announcer in Clarksville and New Boston, TX. After working in Texarkana for KCMC, he was offered his first programming job with WCDS in Glasgow, KY. After stints in Wichita Falls, TX, and Oklahoma City, Barney made his last stop in radio at KWKH AM 1130, where he worked for almost 25 years. Barney started out hosting the weekend edition of the Interstate Road show. His favorite though was being the host of the morning show with thousands of loyal listeners that were also his friends.

Barney was an Eagle Scout with BSA Troop #36 of New Boston. Barney was an avid John Wayne fan. He also enjoyed Dutch oven cooking and camping. Barney loved the history of KWKH's relationship with the Louisiana Hayride. During re-unions of the Hayride, Barney was like a kid in a candy store.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 6-8pm at Haggard Funeral Home in Jefferson, TX. Services will be at 10am on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at First Baptist Church in Jefferson, TX. Graveside services will follow in New Boston, TX at Red Bayou Cemetery at 3 p.m. Sign the online guest book at haggardfuneralhome .com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Prospect Baptist Church, 5841 N. Highway 59, Jefferson, TX 75657 or to your favorite charity.

Barney always ended his radio show by saying, "May God be with you and you be with God. And you're never fully dressed unless you're wearing a big ol' smile." Now, our beloved Barney is with God and wearing a big ol' smile. Haggard Funeral Home

Jefferson, TX 903-665-3939

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Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 21, 2009.
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April 24, 2009
Barney was one of the men that hired me at Gap Broadcasting. I was brand new to radio and he showed me the ropes in a lot of things. He was my boss, a mentor, but most importantly he was my friend. I am going to miss him a whole lot
Kaleb "Gabe" Garbarino
April 22, 2009
I have been out of town and just found out about Barney. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cannon family. Whether I was broadcasting for La. Tech or the Captains, Barney was one person I could rely on and his smile and great personality will be missed.
Dave Nitz, Haughton, LA
April 22, 2009
I NEVER MET MR CANNON IN PERSON, BUT I CAL HIM A FREIND HE WAS A VERY KIND MAN, AND JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO HE GAVE MY TOW SONS THE TRIP OF A LIFFETIME WHEN HE UNSELFISHLY GVE MY SON WHO LIVES HER IN OIL CITY TWO SETS OF TICKETS TO A WEEKEND AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.

MY MORNING DRIVE TO WORK WILNEVER BE THE SAME BUT I KNOW HE IS BROADCASTING ON THAT GREAT RADIO IN THE SKY
HENRY BOURGEOIS
April 21, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I feel as though we've lost a country legend and I'm so happy that we have that promise from our Heavenly father to bring us through these times! If we could all bring smiles to peoples faces as Barney did would'n the world be a better place!
Christian Weeks
April 21, 2009
Hi Barney, I listen to your radio station for years and you made a big hit in my heart. I am just sorry that I never got the chance to have met you but all the times that I had the chance to have talked to you on the telephone it was very nice. I just hope that I will see you when I get to heaven and then I will be able to listen to you once again.May god bless the family and guide them in every way. Your Friend, Jerry
Jerry McLaughlin
April 21, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with Barneys family. I will miss listening to him on KWKH. He had a way of making everyone feel we were personal friends.

A Loyal Listener,

Bonnie
Bonnie Cannon-McGowan
April 21, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
FLOYD PICKETT
April 21, 2009
Barney, I know that all of your friends that you met are going to deeply miss you dearly. I only met you one time and my daughter-n-law had talked to you several times at the century tell sports arrena. All I know just the times that I talked to you on the radio station you seem to be a swell guy and we are going to miss you very much. May God bless and keep you wrapped in his arms forvever. Yours Truely, The Bonnevier Family
Dianna Bonnevier
April 21, 2009
Thanks Barney, I'll miss you.

A Fan in Doyline, LA
April 21, 2009
Barney, you will be missed. When I think of my teen years I will always remember the race car that you and my brothers worked on and raced every Saturday night at the Speedbowl. Silverwings 16.

Melinda (Huggins) Thomas
Hooks, TX
Melinda Thomas
April 21, 2009
What A Great guy,When I worked with Barney he was always the same.He WAS a country music d.j. God bless all the family...Doug Davidson
Doug Davidson
April 21, 2009
I will miss driving to work with Barney. He has been a part of my morning for many years. My thoughts and prayer are with you all. God Bless Carol Mathews
Bossier City
April 21, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Barney's death. I worked with him years ago for about 8 years. When I think of Barney, the thing I remember was his smile. His kind personality and sincere caring for others will be truly missed. My prayers are with all of the family.
Pam Kneipp
April 21, 2009
My husband and I listened to Barney every morning and were shocked and saddened to hear of his sudden passing. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his loved ones and friends. He will be terribly missed. May he rest in peace.
Petra and Gary Battlefield
April 21, 2009
i have really enjoyed barney's radio show. i especially enjoyed his inspirational songs at the end of each hour.
linda white
April 21, 2009
Kaye..My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I miss Barney terribly. After I left Shreveport in September 2001, we would talk on the phone periodically and that laugh was worth a million bucks! Remember "God gave us memories so we'd have roses in December."
Rick Stephenson
April 21, 2009
I have loved KWKH as long as I have lived in this area(since 1979). I loved Barney and his "guy next door" friendliness. Such a nice, nice man. All of us KWKH listeners are saddened by his sudden passing. My condolences to his family and to the KWKH family. Look to the Lord for strength during this difficult time.
Karen Malone
April 21, 2009
I worked with Barney for a few years at KWKH-Am. He was always a pleasure to work with. I'm saddened to learn last night of his sudden death. May God comfort the Cannon family in this difficult time.
Alan Lloyd
April 21, 2009
I WILL MISS BARNEY IN THE MORNINGS. HE WENT TO WORK WITH ME EVERY DAY ON KWKH. HAVING MET HIM WHAT A SMILE HE HAD. THE LORD NEEDEDE HIM IS WHY HE WAS CALLED HOME.
NOLAN F. STRANGE
April 21, 2009
I first met Barney many years ago when he was weekend host of the Interstate Road Show. Each time we talked I admired his outlook on life more and more. I remember one time he told me no matter how bad something seems if you look hard enough you will find something good. Rest in peace Barney you will be missed by many, many people.
Gary Whitis
April 21, 2009
Sincere deepest sympathy to the Cannon Family passing of Barney recently. I am regular honoured internet listener of Mr. Barney Cannon's morning programme on KWKH-AM will miss hearing Mr. Barney
Cannons entertaining voice laughter
"LOVE OF LIFE VERY MUCH" giving me thousands of hours of entertainment each and every morning. "GOD BLESS YOU MR BARNEY CANNON ALWAYS"
HIGHEST RESPECT ALWAYS
Geoffrey Emerson privileged and honoured listener from Toronto CANADA
Geoffrey Emerson
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