US Army

James "Alton" Cannon

April 16, 1940 ~ October 8, 2019 (age 79)

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James "Alton" Cannon, 79, of Cape Carteret, NC, ended his journey, while surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.

The memorial service will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bogue, NC on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 11 a.m., Reverend Tim Nichols will be officiating.

Alton was born on April 16, 1940, to the late Charlie Cannon and Pearly Mae Taylor Cannon, both of Newport. Alton graduated from Swansboro High School and continued on to the United States Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne division, honorably discharged following injuries suffered in 1960.

Alton was married to Martha (Pollard) Cannon of Newport on June 5,1960; they were happily married for 59 wonderful years.

Alton worked as an aircraft mechanic and pneudraulics systems mechanic for Naval Aviation Depot - at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1996. 

Alton was happiest when surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He had the unique ability to repair anything mechanical and welcomed the opportunity to help family and friends-whether by his extensive knowledge, his generous nature, or his biting wit. In his spare time, he loved spending time on the waters of Bogue Sound and watching NASCAR.

Alton is survived by his loving wife, Marti Cannon of the home; son, James Cannon and his wife Nancy of Newport; daughters, Teresa Donohue and her husband Marty of Havelock and Liane Hajduk and her husband Jeff of Cape Carteret; siblings, Janice Cannon, Cherry Matthews, Brenda White, Sandy Glancy, and Roy Cannon; grandchildren, Samantha, Amanda, DeAnna, Jacob, Annette, and Jeremy; and great grandchildren, Zola, Joey, Kayla, Charleigh, Taylor, Cade, and Maggie.

Alton was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Cannon; and by his son, Jeffrey Cannon.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Building Fund, 193 Yacht Club Dr, Newport, NC 28570.

The family wishes to thank the 3rd Surgical Nursing Staff, Hospice, and the Palliative Care Team at Carteret Health Care. As well as, Dr. Cuervo and the entire staff of the Raab Clinic for their outstanding care and compassion for Alton and our family during his illness. Their kindness will not be forgotten.

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Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City, NC. 

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Memorial Service
October 12, 2019

11:00 AM
Bethlehem United Methodist Church
728 Bogue Loop Rd.
Newport, North Carolina 28570

Visitation Following Service

Bethlehem United Methodist Church
728 Bogue Loop Rd.
Newport, North Carolina 28570


Bethlehem United Methodist Church Building Fund
193 Yacht Club Drive, Newport NC 28570
Tel: 1-252-393-2759

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