Jack T. Cannon Jr.
Jack Tinsley Cannon Jr. died Dec. 19, 2014 in Wheat Ridge, Colo., after an extended illness, with his devoted wife, Dee, at his side.
He was born in Elberton May 27, 1944, but he lived most of his early life in Waycross where he graduated from Waycross High School in 1962. He was the eldest son of the late Dr. Jack Tinsley Cannon Sr. and Carolyn Stapleton Cannon, Waycross, and the grandson of the late Honorable Judge Raymonde and Vera Bond Stapleton, of Elberton, and the late Charles Henry Cannon Sr. and Allie Tinsley Cannon, of Moultrie.
During his high school days, he was honored to have played on the 1960 and 1961 Waycross High School football championship teams and was selected by teammates as captain of the 1961 team.
He graduated from Florida State University in 1966 with a degree in criminal justice. While at FSU, he was elected and served as student body vice-president, was a member and officer in Kappa Alpha (KA) Fraternity, a member of “Who’s Who in American Universities,” and was selected as a member and president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Society, one of the highest honors bestowed on college students for leadership qualities.
After graduating from FSU, he joined the Georgia Air National Guard Reserve and entered active duty for 55 weeks to complete the fighter pilot training course at Laredo Air Force Base in Laredo, Texas. Upon completion of pilot training, he enrolled in the freshman class of the Mercer Law School in Macon where he was elected class president.
After only one year at Mercer, and after flying several cargo missions in and out of Vietnam in the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter aircraft on weekends during the year, his love of flying led him to choose “piloting” over the legal profession. In 1971, he joined the training class for incoming pilots with Continental Airlines based in Riverside, Calif. While living in California and piloting the 727 aircraft for Continental, he also volunteered his services to the Los Angeles Police Department as a helicopter pilot.
After a short time, he was assigned to the Denver Airport, which remained his home base with Continental for many years. He relocated his home residence to Vail, Colo., and for many years split time between Vail and his beloved Victorian houses in Silver Plume, Colo., where he enjoyed cutting and splitting firewood for his whole house heating systems.
He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hiking and motor cycling on specially geared mountain bikes. He was an expert snow skier and enjoyed carving Christmas ornaments which he gave to friends and family members.
In addition to his career as a pilot, he served as flight security advisor and instructor for Continental Airlines as well as other airlines worldwide and trained various employees for addressing situations involving hijackings and hostage negotiations.
He also worked with multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Colorado as deputy, consultant and senior polygraph examiner. He earned the respect and admiration of all whose lives he touched, both personally and professionally.
He is survived by his wife, Denise Cannon; three step-sons (and wives); five step-grandchildren, all of Denver, Colo.; sisters Patti Craig, of Columbia, S.C., Carolyn Yarbrough (husband, Danny), of Waycross; brothers, Ray Cannon (wife, Danita), of Waycross, Joe Cannon (wife, Kelly), of College Park, and Tommy Cannon (wife, Carla), of Waycross; nieces, Lindsay Yarbrough Lee, Jessica Yarbrough, Regan Cannon LeGare, Haley Cannon and Alexis Cannon; and nephews Daniel Craig, Christopher Cannon and Blake Cannon.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church Chapel, 410 Williams St., Waycross, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.
Donations may be made to The Golden Retriever Rescue League of Colorado, the Alzheimer’s Association-Colorado Chapter, or to the First United Methodist Church Youth Program, Waycross.
Vera Woodard Sikes
Vera Woodard Sikes, 68, died Monday night (Jan. 26, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County where she retired from the Ware County Health Department as an office manager. As a beautician, she previously owned and operated Klipping Kurl.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Ida Ruth Sunday School class.
She was the daughter of the late Lonnie N. Woodard and Edith Shope Woodard. She was preceded in death by an infant baby brother and two brothers, Jack Woodard (late wife, Glynda) and Dawson Woodard.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Freddie Sikes, of Waycross; one son, Rick Sikes (wife, Tatum), of Waycross; one daughter, Kristi Green (husband, John), of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Cullen Green, Davis Green, Julia Green, Landon Sikes and Madison Carson; two sisters, Elise Bennett (husband, Lewis), of Dixie Union, and Lawana Craven (husband, Milton), of Waycross; two brothers, Ronnie Woodard (wife, Beth), of Waycross, and Billy Woodard (wife, Nancy), of Jacksonville, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
The Ida Ruth Sunday School Class and Ware County Health Department co-workers are asked to meet 1:40 p.m. Thursday at the church to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Mary L. Hill
Mary L. Hill, 74, departed this life Monday evening (Jan. 26, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness.
She was a native of Waycross and a member of True Foundation Church of God.
Survivors include her husband, L.V. Hill Sr., her children, Tony Howard Davis, Jeannette Finney (Bobby), L.V. Hill Jr. (Yolonda), Wanda Daniels (Raymond), Janie Daniels, Eddie Hill and Sharon Daniels (Myron), and other relatives.
Friends are being received at the Hill residence, 1135 “K” St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.
Lizzie Mae Roberson
Lizzie Mae Roberson, 77, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) evening at her residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.