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 Gene Howard Cannon Finally getting to make the journey he had anticipated, Gene Howard Cannon was welcomed through heaven’s Pearly Gates on Friday, May 18, 2018. Known as "Sweet and Precious," his pat answer when asked how he was, he completed his 91-plus year journey as a well loved and respected resident of Life Care Center of Cleveland. His jovial and encouraging enthusiasm got him voted "Mr. Life Care" in 2016. The third and final child of Roscoe and Mamie (Johnson) Cannon, he was born Aug. 30, 1926, living all his life in Bradley County, except his time in the military and a couple of months in St. Louis. After attending Arnold Elementary School, he was a trumpet player and captain in the Bradley Central High School band before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II midway through his senior year. He was serving his country in the jungles of the Philippines when his classmates received their diplomas. He was the oldest graduate present at the school’s 100th graduation in 2016. After returning to Cleveland at the end of World War II, he began a courtship that would last more than 70 years with the love of his life, Juanita Wright, who had moved to town from Missouri. Their wedding on Good Friday, April 4, 1947, was the first service of any kind held in the Wildwood Avenue Church of God of Prophecy. He was preceded in death by his bride and parents, as well as son, Daryl Cannon; granddaughter, Vanessa Bell; sister, Aileen Huff; and brother, R.C. Cannon. Remaining to celebrate his life and love are one daughter, Dr. Darline Bell, of Cleveland; three sons: Jerry, and his wife Joyce, of Cleveland, Ohio, David, and his wife, Tina, of Manassas, Va., and Joe Cannon, of Cleveland; 12 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren. Given the spiritual gift of hospitality, Gene and Juanita also welcomed numerous other “children” and “grandchildren” into their family throughout their marriage. A printer by trade, he was employed locally at Preston’s and White Wing publishing companies before spending the bulk of his working years at Pathway Press, from which he retired in the late 1980s. He was also very active in the community. He served as president of the Oak Grove PTO, as well as many years as a volunteer with the Bradley County Civil Defense organization. Having been a member of the congregation that is now the Peerless Road Church for the past nine decades, he was very instrumental in construction of the present facilities at the end of Raider Drive. He also gave countless hours of service behind the scenes in support of various church ministries to reach souls with the Good News of the Gospel. He and his father, Roscoe, served as sound engineers at the church’s old Tabernacle on Central Avenue, as well the one located on Keith Street, during assemblies and state conventions for many years. Working with his wife, and Women’s Ministry Director Elva Howard, in the international church’s Ladies Retreats, he traveled around the world doing his ministry of recording thousands of hours of gospel singing and preaching on audiotape. A Remembrance of Life Celebration will be held at the Peerless Road Church on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Adam Jones and Bishop Randy Howard officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. until the service time at 11 o’clock.  The committal service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. more
MURFREESBORO — Walker Valley did what many expected losing to Powell, 3-1, in the opening game of the Tennessee State Softball Championships. Then, the Lady Mustangs did what few expected. The … more
MURFREESBORO — After all was said and done at the TSSAA Division I Large School State Track and Field Championships there were only five male athletes to step atop the podium four times.With unreal … more
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as of May 26SoftballDistrict 5-AAATeam;District;OverallOoltewah;11-1;38-8Walker Valley;11-1;36-11Soddy-Daisy;7-5;18-16East Hamilton;7-5;19-10McMinn County;6-6;14-20Bradley … more
The Cleveland FC U10 boys soccer team dominated on its way to the championship in the Scenic City Cup tournament held in Chattanooga recently.With a constant barrage on net, the Flames scored 30 … more
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