Vernell Horton Cannon – Obituary

By  | April 26, 2017 | Filed under: Jackson Memory Funeral, Obituaries

Vernell Horton Cannon, 86, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, at her home surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral will be today, April 26, at noon at First Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur with Jackson Memory Funeral Home directing. She will be placed in the church one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Decatur City Cemetery.

She was the second child born to Guy and Josie Tisdale Horton on Aug. 29, 1930, in Athens, Alabama. Her parent and brothers, George and Cleve, preceded her in death. She was a member of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, Athens, Alabama in her youth. She graduated from Trinity High School, Athens in 1949, and graduated from Alabama A&M College in 1953 in Normal, Alabama.

On Dec. 19, 1953, she married Eddie Eugene Cannon, from Greensboro, Alabama, and to this union were born two sons, Kenneth Edwin and Larry Eugene.

Vernell taught school for 30 years and retired from Decatur City Schools in 1985. After retiring from teaching, Nell worked in the Calhoun Community College Book Store for about 10 years, and as a tutor at the A. C. Banks Academy after school. Vernell was a long time member of First Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, on the Trustee Board, Deacon and Trustee Wives Board. She was a founding member of Les Belles Femme. Social and Civic Club in 1955, Board member of Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama Morgan County Education Retirees Association, Alabama Education Association, and Foundation for Mental Health Board.

Nell, as she was so fondly called, memory will live on in the hearts of her two loving and devoted sons, Kenneth Edwin (Suraya) and Larry Eugene (Elaine), both of Decatur, Alabama; five grandchildren, Crystal Cannon, Kenneth II, Angel, Jamar, and Michael (Crystal); seven great-grandchildren, Pleas, Simiyah, Portia, Kenneth Isaiah, KaShay, Anayah, and Kenneth III and Eva; 11 nieces, five sisters-in-laws, three brothers-in-law, three Godsons, Lolis Crooks, of Decatur, Alabama, Teddy Bridges, of Montgomery, Alabama, and Philip Cary, of Chicago, Illinois, and a host of cousins and friends.

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