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John Ellis Cannon

John Ellis Cannon, 85, of Sherrodsville and formerly of Canton, died Friday, April 15, 2011, in Union Hospital at Dover.

Born Dec. 15, 1925, at New Athens, he was a son of the late Arthur and Rowena (Peterson) Cannon.

John married the former Jeanette Paisley Jan. 18, 1944, in West Virginia.  The couple shared 67 years of marriage prior to Jeanette's passing Jan. 3, 2011. For more than 40 years, John and Jeanette resided in Canton and it was there they raised their only daughter, Becky (husband, John) Saylor who now resides in Sherrodsville.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for various construction companies as well as owning and operating his own company.  He was a member of the Clinton Lodge #47, F. & A. M., the Hiram Chapter, R. A. M. of Massillon, The Knight's Templar, Warren Bower AMD, and the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Canton.

He was an enthusiast of antique cars and especially enjoyed Volkswagen Beetles.  He enjoyed traveling with Jeanette and their favorite vacation spots included the beaches of Florida, and Williamsburg, VA, but their favorite destination was the Outer Banks of North Carolina - where family outings were traditions for several years.

In addition to his daughter, "Papa" will be deeply missed by his four grandchildren, Jason (Gabrielle) Cannon of Dover, Cody (Danielle) Fiddler of Carrollton, Katie (Chris) Chappell of Sherrodsville, and Amy Fiddler, of Sherrodsville and his great-grandchildren, McKenna and Jacob Cannon, Meckenna Ashley, Wyatt Fiddler, and Isabella Chappell and a sister, Anna Jean Everhart of Uniontown, PA.

Friends are invited to call Wednesday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. in Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia.  Pastor Doug Neavin will lead John's funeral service in the chapel at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening with Masonic services to follow.

A reception will follow in Geib Family Center, adjacent to the funeral home following the service. Private interment is planned in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. 

Those unable to attend are invited to share memories and condolences with the family at www.geibcares.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to Clinton Masonic Lodge #47, 333 Second St. SW, Massillon, OH 44646.


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