James Washington Cannon, Jr., 87, passed away, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at his home in Champaign. His dear family surrounded him as he peacefully slipped through the veil to be with his Lord and Savior. He fought valiantly for the last 10 ½ years against a devastating diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, which was meant…read more
James Washington Cannon, Jr., 87, passed away, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at his home in Champaign. His dear family surrounded him as he peacefully slipped through the veil to be with his Lord and Savior. He fought valiantly for the last 10 ½ years against a devastating diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, which was meant to steal his life away long before now. His courage and resolve to live sustained him and his family throughout the last decade, buying not only time but also the most precious memories.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26th and funeral services will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 10 a.m. both at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
Jim was born on October 8, 1931 in Milford, DE, the first child of James W. Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Meredith Cannon. A few years after graduating high school, he enlisted in The United States Air Force, which would lead him to Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Dee Krueger. His military duties took him overseas to Japan where he served as an engineer mechanic during the Korean Conflict. Jim and Marilyn remained devoted to one another throughout this separation and upon his return to the States; they were married on April 4, 1954 in Champaign, IL. Jim finished out his Air Force career at Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester, NH. Afterward, he and Marilyn settled in Champaign to raise their family. Jim began a career at Alexander Lumber, Co. and remained a dedicated employee for 47 years until his retirement. Aside from his work, he was a faithful member of Cornerstone Baptist Church formerly Garden Hills Baptist Church. He also loved working with wood and was a true artist in his wood working shop. He created many beautiful and priceless treasures that he gifted freely to his family and friends that will be passed on for many generations to come. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
His parents preceded him in death as well as a great-grandson, Corden Kennedy. He leaves behind Marilyn, his wife of 64 years; two daughters, Deb (Neil) Royse and Sherry (Steve) Kaiser of Champaign; four granddaughters, Stephanie (Dave) Hahn of Gibson City, Stacie (Jake) Kennedy of Colfax, Melena Roy of Ogden, and Lauren (Luke) Holub of Whitestown, IN; nine great-grandchildren Peyton and Meredith Hahn; Kylie, Cole, Kellen and Caris Kennedy; and Elowen, Greer, and Mallie Holub; a brother Harvey (Verna) Cannon of Harrington, DE; and two sisters Patsy Greenly and Bonnie (Bruce) Howell both of Milford, DE.
Jim was a man of the highest character. He was true and loyal and the rock of his family. He had a quiet nature and reserved words for when they truly mattered. When he spoke, others listened. As the loss of our family patriarch washes over us, we are comforted in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father has greeted him with open arms and he is strong in body and spirit once more.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church.