Joe Kirk Cannon, age 52, passed away Friday November 9, 2012. Joe was born on June 7, 1960 in Odessa, Texas to James R. and Joyce Evelyn Cannon. He was the light of their life. He passed away unexpectedly. Joe lived in Checotah, Ok. He leaves behind his wife Rebecca Cannon, his father James R. Cannon, daughter Julie Ann Cannon, son Joe Kirk Cannon, Jr., step children, Julie Williams, Jennifer Jones and 5 grandchildren. He has several beloved aunts and uncles that he was very close to. Preceded in death were Joe’s mother, Joyce Evelyn Cannon, who passed away September 29, 2006, grandparents, John and Brunell Cannon, Ray and Orpha Pemberton and great-grandmother Mary Walls aka Granny Dutch.
Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Computer Science from East Central University. After graduating, he taught school at Fort Gibson High School for 17 years. At present, Joe was employed with the US Postal Service, which he dearly loved. Joe had many friends and never met a stranger. Joe loved to fish with his Dad and his dear, long-time friend Gary Funburg. Joe loved to talk about fishing with Gary. Joe loved animals. He had 5 dogs that he loved and they loved him. He had ducks, chickens and geese. He was also a beekeeper. Every year, he grew a garden and would work for hours in his garden loving every minute. He is going to be missed very much. He was the Rock of the Cannon family.
Serving as pallbearers are Ronnie Goad, Dennis Ledbetter, Bill Davis, Randy Fritz, Mike Minnick and Mike Bennett. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Jones, Larry Pemberton, Andy Blizzard, Billy Williams and William Jones.
Visitation with family will be Tuesday November 13, 2012 between 5 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church Checotah on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Richard Ford and Reverend Steve Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Checotah Funeral Service. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.checotahfuneralservice.com