TThe Reverend Alberry Charles Cannon, Jr., of Flat Rock, N.C., died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Born May 12, 1936, in Greenville, he was the son of the late A.C. Cannon and Mary Cogswell Cannon, and the eldest great-grandchild of Greenville textile pioneer, F. W. Poe. Fr. Cannon was known for his work among the deprived and homeless citizens of Greenville, having served on the staff of United Ministries, where he helped establish the Place of Hope. He served eight years as a volunteer for the Soup Kitchen at St. Andrew’s Church. He was a past chairman of the Board of Directors of Project Host and a member of the Greenville Homeless Coalition, AID Upstate, the AIDS Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. A 1953 graduate of Greenville High School, he earned the B.A. degree in history from The Citadel in 1957. He was commissioned an Army lieutenant and served on active duty at Fort Sill, Ok. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology, University of the South, in 1963. He served Episcopal churches for 33 years in South Carolina and Florida: Church of the Nativity, Union; Grace Church, Charleston; St. Alban’s, The Citadel; St. Marks, Cocoa; St. Thomas, Coral Gables; Calvary, Glenn Springs; and St. Andrew’s, Greenville. After retirement, he served Trinity Church, Abbeville; St. John-in-the-Wilderness, Flat Rock; and Christ Church, Greenville. Fr. Cannon is remembered as a powerful preacher, a kind and attentive pastor, a challenging theological scholar and teacher, and a superb liturgist. An amateur local historian, Fr. Cannon wrote the centennial history of The Cotillion Club of Greenville and a family history, The Maxwells of Greenville. He cherished the memory of his ancestral families: the Cannons and Fitzgeralds of Spartanburg; the Cogswells, Kellers and Mouzons of Charleston; the Barnetts and Cowarts of Flat Rock; the Sloans, Taylors, and Andersons of Pendleton; and the Poes, Earles, Harrisons and Maxwells of Greenville. His memberships included the Greenville County Historical Society, Society of the Cincinnati, Society of Colonial Wars, Cotillion Club, Poinsett Club, St. Andrew’s Society, Huguenot Society, Clan Maxwell Society, Montreat Scottish Society, and Cogswell Family Association. He held the rank of Life Master with the American Contract Bridge League. An avid Pug fancier and breeder, he was a member of the Hendersonville Kennel Club and the Pug Dog Club of America. He was a volunteer for Historic Flat Rock and the Flat Rock Play House. He is survived by his children, the Reverend Father Alberry Charles Cannon III, Rector of St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church, Ft. Myers, Fla., John Maxwell Sterling Cannon of Greenville, Mrs. George Edward Griffin, Jr., (Caroline), of Greenville, and the Reverend Father Michael David Winslow Cannon, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Shreveport, La.; and his sister, Mrs. Jack Eric Garner Danel (Libby), of Greenville; ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His sister, Mrs. David Russell Goodale (Sissy), proceeded him in death. He was married forty-four years to Nancy Sterling Cannon until her death May 10, 2001. The Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 1002 S. Main Street, Greenville. Burial in the family plot in Springwood Cemetery will immediately follow. A portion of his cremated remains will also be interred at Grace Church, Charleston, the following day. Memorials may be sent to York Place for Children, 234 Kings Mountain Street, York, SC 29745-1160.

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Posted on: 2022-11-07

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