Gone to Glory
Today July 17, 2014, marks a full
year since my Dad passed away. I haven't worked on the web site or posted
his obituary until today. I'm sorry for the time the site has been neglected
and hope to keep it up to date. You can read about his time served on the
R C Cannon
The picture on his memorial card
was him on the deck of the Lexington at the 2001 Reunion in Texas. He was
buried in the Blue Ghost shirt he is wearing in the picture.
Riley Cecil (R.C.) Cannon,
age 87, of
Bakersfield and Lake Isabella, California, passed away, on July 17, 2013
at his home with his loving family at his bedside.
He was born in Sweetwater, Texas, on October 29, 1925 to John
Cecil Cannon and Ruby Hazel (Ashlock). He was married to Maxine Anderson on
January 3, 1947. He was the 4th Great Grandson of Colonel John
Canon who served in the revolutionary war and founded the town of
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The Canon family came to the United States from
served in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Lexington CV-16 as a Plane
Captain. He was injured by the propeller of an F6F Hellcat which injured his
hand, elbow, shoulder and head. He was medically discharged.
a very long convalescence, R.C. worked and retired as a Journeyman Carpenter
with 60 Ĺ years as a member of the Carpenters Local 743. He and Maxine
built 2 family houses, one in Bakersfield and one in Lake Isabella,
a highly intelligent man who had family and many friends who shared his
passion for working and restoring classic and antique cars. He raced cars
(Jalopies) in Bakersfield in the 1950ís. He was a self taught machinist. He was a
perfectionist with everything he accomplished and there werenít many things
that he couldnít accomplish.
was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Raymond Edward Cannon and
wife Jackie; and his best buddy Bill Heyart, who was also his son-in-law.
survived by his wife, of 66 years, Maxine (Anderson) Cannon; his sister
Betty (Cannon) Johnson and husband Buck Johnson of Los Molinos, CA; 4
children, Carol (Cannon)and husband Ken Yates, of South Lake, CA; Chris
(Cannon) Heyart, of Bakersfield, CA; and Paty (Cannon) (Vido) Johnson and
husband Gary Johnson, of Bakersfield, CA; Riley Cecil Cannon Jr. and wife
Cyndy (Thurman) Cannon of Bakersfield, CA.
is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Stephanie (Yates) Lawson; Tonya (Heyart)
Eagle; Bill Heyart III; Tammy (Vido) McGuire; Kristin (Vido) Ackerman; Riley
Cannon; and Tyler Cannon ; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great