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Lawrence "Larry" Goodson Cannon
Nov 3, 1933 - Apr 29, 2013
Submitted by: Ann Weber

Published 5-2-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Lawrence “Larry” Goodson Cannon of Blackwell, Okla., went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 29, 2013, at the age of 79 years.

Larry Goodson Cannon was born Nov. 3, 1933, in Ponca City, Okla., to Lawrence S. and Jennie (Goodson) Cannon.

He grew up in Ponca City attending Ponca City Public Schools and graduated in 1952. He furthered his education by attending Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and graduated with honors from the animal science department with a bachelor of science degree in 1956.

Following graduation he entered the United States Air Force, where he served as a pilot of the C-124 Globe Master Aircraft while stationed in San Antonio, Texas.

He married Shari Slocum on Sept. 14, 1956, in Oklahoma City. In February 1958, they returned to Kay County, where he assumed management of the Goodson Ranch with his grandmother, Dora Goodson. He farmed and ranched for 54 years.

He was an active member of First Christian Church in Blackwell and served as the Lord’s servant for over 40 years as an elder and chairman of the board.

Larry was the founder and president of the Blackwell Livestock Association and Kay County Cattlemen’s Association. He also held membership in the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Beef Association, serving as president. He was on the board of directors of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association earning NBCA’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2002. Larry was a recipient of Oklahoma’s NRCS Governor’s Award and served on the Oklahoma Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Board. Other honors include graduate of distinction from Oklahoma State University in 1990, and Outstanding Oklahoma Vo-Tech Board Member in 1997, as he served the Pioneer Area Vo-Tech as a board member for 28 years, also serving as president. Larry was a member of the board of directors for First National Bank in Blackwell and Stillwater National Bank.

He is survived by his wife, Shari Cannon of Blackwell; two daughters, Catherine Swindell and husband James of Angleton, Texas, and Kay Warner and husband John of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Charles Cannon and wife Kelli of Enid, Okla., and Tom Cannon and wife Laurie of Blackwell; a brother, Joe Berry Cannon and wife Beverly of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Steven Swindell and wife Fallon of College Station, Texas, Michael Swindell and wife Ann of Wheaton, Ill., Christine Michaelson and husband Manly of Coppell, Texas, Sam Cannon of Stillwater, Sarah Cannon of Stillwater, Molly Cannon of Enid, Mitchell, Lucas and Abigail Warner, all of Charlotte, N.C., and Jacob Goodson, Reagan, Rachel and Reese Cannon, all of Blackwell; and great-grandchildren, John and Mark Swindell of College Station, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Ola and Dora Goodson; and a sister, Virginia Cronin.

Entombment is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Greenlawn Abbey Mausoleum in Blackwell Cemetery, with a memorial service set for 1:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, Blackwell, with the Rev. Jeff Koch officiating.

A memorial has been established in his honor with the First Christian Church in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today to greet family and friends.

Online condolences can be made at www.robertsand sonfh.com.

(Submitted by family)

Meriam Charlene Slocum Cannon
© Enid News and Eagle
Submitted by: Glenn

© Enid News and Eagle

Meriam Charlene Cannon ("Shari")

June 18, 1932 - August 10, 2021

A graveside entombment for family will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the IOOF Cemetery Mausoleum, Blackwell, Oklahoma.

Due to COVID, a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Shari Cannon was born to Willard Charles Slocum and Ruth Augusta Thoroman Slocum in Wichita, Kansas, in 1932, and died in Enid, Oklahoma, at 89 years from complications of COVID-19.

Shari grew up in her beloved Wichita until age 12 when she lost her mother due to complications of surgery. Her father re-married and the family moved to Oklahoma City to start a finance company at the end of World War II. Shari graduated from Northwest Classen High School. She enjoyed three wonderful years of college at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. During this time she grew in her faith and love for her Savior Jesus Christ. She was a drama major and had the lead in many campus theater productions. During her senior year she transferred to the University of Oklahoma and was initiated into Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from OU.

After graduation, Shari met the love of her life, Larry Cannon, from Ponca City, Oklahoma. Larry was a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University and was a student pilot with the U.S. Air Force at Vance Air Force Base in Enid. They were married on September 14, 1957, at Central Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.

After Larry's service in the Air Force as a C-124 pilot, the couple moved to the family farm, "the Goodson Ranch," at Blackwell, Oklahoma, in 1960 to raise their family. Shari loved the small-town life and being a farmer's wife. They raised four children, Cathy, Charlie, Kay, and Tom on the farm. The Home Place where Shari lived her last 40 years remains an Oklahoma Centennial Farm, established during the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893.

Shari wore many hats over the years in Blackwell. She was an active member, youth leader, and Sunday School teacher with the First Christian Church. She started and was "in charge" of the First Christian Church Charburger Booth at the Kay County Fair for many years. She was State President of the Oklahoma Cowbelles (now Oklahoma Cattleman's Association Auxiliary), PEO, Alpha Chi Omega Alumnus, Realtor Associate, airplane pilot, Blackwell Hospital Director of Volunteer Services and Bible Study Fellowship Leader. In her later years she loved crocheting afghans for friends, family and for those in need. Her life was a continuous ministry. She adored her bridge club friends Ann Vickery, Betty Roberts, Charlotte Ruggs, and the late Doris Shepard. And she loved the Houston Astros!

Shari was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Goodson (Larry) Cannon, of 56 years, her sister Nancy Slocum Hornick and her parents Willard Charles Slocum and Ruth Augusta Thoroman Slocum and stepmother Florence Moore Slocum. She is survived by her four children: her daughter Cathy Swindell and husband Jim of Tyler, TX, grandchildren Steven Swindell (Fallon), Michael Swindell (Ann), and Christine Michaelson (Manly) and eight Swindell great-grandchildren (John, Mark, Becca, Ella, Judah, Jimmy, Clark, and Foster Child). Shari is survived by son Charlie Cannon and wife Kelli of Enid, OK, grandchildren Sam Cannon (Bonnie), Sarah Cannon, and Molly Cannon, and two great-grandchildren (Benjamin and Anna Brooke). Shari is survived by Kay Warner and husband John of Charlotte, NC, grandchildren Mitchell, Luke, and Abby Warner. Shari is also survived by Tom Cannon and wife Laurie of Blackwell, OK, grandchildren Jacob, Raegan, Rachel, and Reese Cannon. This totals 4 children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren and their spouses, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank her doctor Paul Briggs MD, pulmonologist Brian Whitson MD, and oncologist Jim Reeves MD for their compassionate care. The family would also like to thank all the nurses and all the health care workers, and for their incredible hard work and dedication, risking their own lives during this difficult time. We also would like to give a special thanks to Shari's caregivers Jane Ann, Penny, and Shayla, whom she loved dearly. God bless you all.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to the First Christian Church, 306 E. Coolidge, Blackwell, OK 74631.

Online condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com.


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