July 20, 1951 ~ January 5, 2022

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Mr. John Herman Cannon, 70, of 8 Willow Valley Lane, Hendersonville, died January 5, 2022 at his residence.

Mr. Cannon was born July 20, 1951 in Buncombe County, son of Barbara Cole Cannon and the late Robert Mock Cannon. He was a 1969 graduate of Lee Edwards High School and a 1973 graduate of Western Carolina University, with a Bachelor’s degree in General Education and a concentration in science. He was a dedicated science teacher at Rugby Middle School for 30 years.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Cole Cannon; his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Mark Kindley, Sr.; niece and nephew, Karli-Ann K. Allred and Mark W. Kindley, II; grandnephew Seth Kindley and grand nieces Maddie K. Mayo, Pressley K. Allred and Allie J. Allred.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. John was my teammate at Rugby 15 or more years. He always made us laugh while keeping a straight face himself. John was so creative and I am so glad he shared that with all of us who taught with him! He was so kind to many people and I know he loved us all. My condolences to all family members. RIP Dr. R J Snoots

  2. When John first came to Rugby he taught next door to me. He had a great sense of humor. It took me a while to catch on to the fact that half the time he was joking. He would walk away and I would realize “He did not mean a word of what he had said”. Later we would visit in his home and he was always a gracious host. Since retirement I have not seen John but I will always be thankful I knew him. There was a crazy movie “Mighty Phyton””?? That he was always quoting. It often comes up in crossword puzzles. I think of John and laugh

  3. John, was a great teacher and friend. He was my 8th grade science teacher. His dad and my dad worked together for many years at Cranston. After being in his class,we became great friends. He was much the WW 2 history buff, as was I. i spent many Friday nights on the press box at West and at visiting teams press box with him filming West Henderson High football games. He attended my high school graduation. He was a guest speaker for me when I attend BRCC. He was an usher in my first wedding. When my wife passed he and Ruth came to the visitation.

    John will be missed. He was a quiet man, but very bold at the same time.

  4. John was always kind and helpful to others. He was loved and a friend to all and I treasured his friendship very much. John will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to the family.

  5. I taught with John at Rugby Jr. High for 8 years. He made going to work a lot more enjoyable! The world will be much less interesting without John in it. May God’s peace and comfort surround all of his family during this time.

  6. John and I have been friends for 40 plus years. As a new teacher he was always there for me, and even after he retired we remained close. He touched many lives and his sense of humor may his an unique teacher and friend. Prayers for his family and friends. RIP dear friend.

  7. It has been many years since I saw Johnny and the Cannon family. It was always exciting when the entire Cannon family came to Grandpa and Grandma Walker’s house for a visit. I remember fondly the special uniqueness of every family member. My lasting memory of Johnny is his laughter and enthusiasm. His laughter was contagious and I am thankful he contributed to the lives of so many students. Please know we share in the sorrow of losing family members earlier than anticipated. May you be blessed with God’s presence, peace and promises.

  8. I also taught with John at Rugby and he taught both of my children. We all have fond memories of him. He could always put a smile on your face.

  9. I taught with John at Rugby and he taught both of my children. We all have fond memories of him. He could always put a smile on your face.

  10. I taught with John at Rugby. He could always make everyone smile. He touched the lives of many students with his dedication to teaching and his awesome sense of humor. RIP!

  11. John was my “next door neighbor” at Rugby for many years. He was the humorous light we all needed at the end of a stressful day. He always knew how to get a planning meeting way off track with movie quotes or science facts! I think many think my name is Helga because he rarely called me anything else. No matter what John always kept his sense of humor. My condolences to his family for suffering his loss way too soon.

  12. I had the privilege of working with John for several years. He was such a good man and meant so much to so many people, fellow teachers and students alike. A conversation with John always put a sparkle in one’s day because of his dead – pan humor. RIP R. J. Snoots

  13. I have not seen Johnny since we were kids. His Grandmother, Clem Cole, and my Grandmother, Lela Walker, were sisters. Even then he was enthusiastic about everything, especially history and science. Mostly I remember us laughing a lot.

  14. I taught with John at Rugby Jr. High and he made our beginning teaching years so much better. His creativity and smart dry humor kept us all going. He also made us better teachers and cared about each of us. We heard very quickly from Der. R. J. Snoots of Raleigh soon after beginning our career at Rugby. We had such a great team back then on the Math/Science wing. John will always be in our thoughts and condolences to the family.

  15. I worked with John at Rugby also….I loved his sense of humor and loved having battles of the wits with him!!!!
    RIP John


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