Friday, November 22nd, 1929 - Monday, May 13th, 2019
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H. J. Cannon, Jr. 89, of Fairfield, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 in Mexia, Texas. H. J. was born November 22, 1929 at home in Fairfield to parents Hillman Thomas and Era Lee York Cannon. He attended Fairfield schools. While in high school he played football and helped the team win the 1946 Regional Championship which was the farthest teams went at that time. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Anchorage, Alaska during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged honorably in 1953. On May 21, 1955 he married the love of his life, Martha Nell Cherry; in the home of R. L. Ryburn in Freestone County. He retired from the Texas Highway Department in 1987 after 38 years of service. He trained Border Collies for more than forty years and won numerous awards including 1967 State Championship; 1978 national Open Champion; 1979 State Champion and the 1980 Texas State Fair Champion. In 2000 he was inducted as the first member of the Lone Star Cattle Dog Futurity Hall of Fame.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Nell Cherry Cannon; his siblings, Millard H. Cannon; Zuma Lee Cannon Henry; Juanita Cannon Chavers and Thomas Doyle Cannon.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Berta Rae Vestal Cannon; two sons, H. J. Cannon, III and wife Reecie; Thomas Cannon and wife Helen; three grandchildren, Natalia Cannon Tallas and husband Andy; Hillary Cannon Glasscock and husband Jacob; Genea Cannon; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Jock and Sophie Tallas; one sister, Marie Cannon Richardson; sister-in-law Genelle James Cannon; numerous nieces and nephews.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
10:00 AM

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    113 E. COLLEGE ST.
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 10:00am
    Round Prairie Baptist Church Family Life Center
  • Interment

    Stewards Mill Cemetery


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Doris Burns of Lorena

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I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know how deeply you loved and admired him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carolyn (White) and Harlin Anderson of Bay City

Posted at 12:00am
H. J. worked with my Daddy, Randolph White at the Highway Dept. for many years. Many happy memories! May God be near you and give you peace.

Jeff & linda meiske of Fairfield

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Our condolences & prayers go out to your family.

Robin Crouch of Burleson

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So sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this time. Robin Crouch

Richard & Martha Daniel Darr of Tyler Tx

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Sending condolences to all the family and friends of H. J. during this time of loss of a great man.

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