Reuben Atwood Cannon age 80, of Calhoun, GA was called to his heavenly home while surrounded by his wife and family on August 24, 2019.
Atwood was born in Leslie, GA to Reuben and Ellis Cannon. Being the youngest of four siblings on a farm and overcoming an early fight with polio, Atwood led an active, passionate, & purpose filled life. He graduated from Union High School active in church, sports, and with highest honors. While in college he met and married his wife of 58 years, Jeannie Peacock of Macon GA. Together, they raised five challenging but loved children.
Fresh out of school, Atwood served his country as a Sergeant in the Army from 1957-1965. During this time, he and a close friend also began a Farm Service company in Americus, GA which later sold to a local chemical company. While continuing to work at the chemical company he farmed his family’s land. Professionally, he continued with the chemical/fertilizer industry throughout his career which led him to the cities of Blakely, GA, Princeton, IN, and finally Calhoun, GA. Calhoun became home when Atwood and Jeannie built their current home…themselves.
Despite numerous moves since 1969, he actively served as Deacon to the church who he held as a true extension of his earthly family. On any given Sunday, he and Jeannie were sure to be singing in the choir and serving in different capacities of need. He believed that love is word of action. Through the church, farming, and community he forged life-long relationships in a deep and positive way.
Special interests in retirement included a “small” garden where he raised a larger array of plants. His garden served his community through the market, roadside sales, and gifts to the community pantry. During rare moments of downtime Atwood loved to fish for its peaceful pleasure with his treasured friends. Along life journey and just to keep life challenging, he loved to invent, repair, and repurpose, all of which led others to comment often that he needed to patent his ideas. To Atwood, this was just part of his passion at remaining active, challenged, and inspired.
Atwood truly lived life to the fullest through life’s simple pleasures of family, church and home and will be most remembered for his life-long service to God, untiring commitment to home, and support to the communities he served throughout the years. His smile could light a room and radiated when his grandchildren were visiting. Thanksgivings were sanctuary and will be forever held in our hearts.
Atwood was preceded in death by his parents Reuben Jackson Cannon and Ellis Elizabeth Cannon and siblings; Roy James Cannon of Americus, GA, Martha Wise of Bronwood GA, and Mary Helen Cannon of Leslie GA. We are assured a great reunion with family and friends is currently in process.
Left to honor Atwood and remember his love are his wife, Jeannie, and their five children: Terry Looney of Americus GA, Ginger, Bass of Ellaville GA, Reuben Cannon of Lewisville, NC, Heidi Lake of Cary NC, and David Cannon of Calhoun GA, his grandchildren: Justin Bass, Caitlyn Bass, Courtney Cannon, Brooklyn Looney, Brandon Looney, Ansley Cannon, Roland Cannon, Chase Cannon, and Addison Lake, and his great grandchildren: Alley Davis, Camden Ware, Braelynn Finley, and Emery Bass.
Atwood will be remembered as hard working, kind and an overall bright shining light in the various communities and churches he served. But to his family he will remain their strength. In lieu of condolences, fond memories can be mailed to The Cannon Family at: 847 Concord Rd Ellaville, GA 31806.
Death is sad…Remembrance of a life well lived is not. So please join us in a Celebration of Life Service being held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00pm at Oostanaula Baptist Church 156 Old Rome-Dalton Road Calhoun, GA 30701 where Steve Gandy will lead. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations for Bibles through the Gideons at www.gideons.org and/or a random act of kindness.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all for their prayers and emotional support during these difficult times.