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Paul E. Cannon

Birth Date: January 18, 1931
Death Date: April 8, 2017

Pastor Paul E. Cannon, 86, of Decatur passed away on Saturday, April 8 , 2017 in St. Mary’s Hospital.
Paul was born on January 18, 1931 in Gonzalez, LA the son of Thomas E. and Retha H. (Harris) Cannon.
He was a member of Resurrection Life Church. He served many years as a pastor, missionary, and elder. Serving as a missionary in Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico, and Cuba, Pastor of New Hope Church in Muskegon, MI for 31 years, Director of Development in Virginia Beach, VA; and Elder at Resurrection Life Church. He married Mildred Akers on May 1, 1954 in Salem, OR.
Surviving are his wife Mildred; sons, Philip Paul Cannon (Jill) of Decatur; Thomas F. Cannon (Candice) of Romeo, MI; Mark E. Cannon (Ellen) of Madrid, Spain; sister Maggie Lee Campbell of Walker, LA; 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 sisters.
Funeral service to celebrate Pastor Paul’s life will be 11 AM Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Resurrection Life Church, 1085 W. McKinley Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Tuesday in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Resurrection Life Church/missions.
The family of Pastor Paul E. Cannon is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences and share memories with the family at

April 11, 2017
5:00 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration Of Life Funeral Ceremony
April 12, 2017
11:00 am
Resurrection Life Church
1085 W. Mckinley Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Sending Prayers for comfort and strength in this very difficult time. Heaven was given another Angel. Love Aunt Mary Sowles and the rest of our family

  2. Our hearts are with your family during this time of loss. Praying for the comfort only God can give to His beloved. Much love, Tom and Cathleen Zahradnik, Port Jervis, NY

  3. We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. We met Pastor Paul and Mildred Cannon when they came to Upstate, NY to build a garage for Doc. Wilson and were privileged to have him preach for us on that Sunday! They were gracious and loving. They continued to correspond with us. What great and humble soldiers of the Cross of Christ! Later we met their son, Tom and his wife Candy and their children and are forever grateful for their love and friendship. Our deepest sympathy, to dear Mildred and to the whole family. Love Jonnie & Barbara Nickles

  4. I am so honored to have known Pastor Paul I don't think I have ever met anyone like him in my life. I loved the way he loved people and expressed the love of Jesus in his writings, and preaching! One of my favorite messages he preached was "In the midnight Hour!" I'll never forget that message and how passionate he preached it. He had so many testimonies it was amazing to me to hear them all! I could just sit and listen to his life stories! He loved people but this man loved his wife Mrs Mildred oh my did he ever he often told us stories in out college classes of how she kept him in line :hugging_face: As she was a prayer warrior. He was a kind, gentle Godly man that was a powerful mighty warrior for God who walked the walk and was constant in his life of Christianity. He truly was a role model of how to love, and live. I know he is cheeering us on in heaven and Until we meet again Pastor Paul thank you for all the prayers and advice I will always remember "just put it on the shelf"
    We love you!
    Brian, Tammy and Adrianna Myers

  5. This dear, sweet man has been endeared to us for many years and we will miss his wisdom and uplifting messages. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and rejoice with you at Paul's home-going, believing that he had a great entrance into His presence as a good and faithful servant. Fred and Florence Parker, Victoria,
    BC, Canada.

  6. I helped him build a home. He thought I came just to give him a helping hand. I did, but I really came to get to know him better and draw from his life and experience. I always and still believe a life student should choose his/her life teacher. Some of his words still guide me today. More than me knowing him, he made the effort to know me. In my most trying time, I reached out to him and he was there with a timely word. More men like him are needed on planet earth today. We are not able to make the funeral but would if we could. A great man has went home to his reward.

  7. Dear Sister Cannon and family. May The Lord bring comfort and peace at this most difficult time. Pastor was such a Dear man. Growing up in the church with such caring loving community. Thank you all for giving to the Lord!!:two_hearts::pray::skin-tone-2:

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