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William R. Cannon Jr.

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William R. Cannon Jr., passed away early Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 82.

Born Nov. 16, 1931, in Sebring, Fla., to Caretta and William R. Cannon Sr., he was a lifelong resident of Lake Placid. Mr. Cannon was a 1949 graduate of Lake Placid High School where he excelled in sports, especially basketball. His basketball skills were good enough that he received offers to join college teams.

In 1952, Mr. Cannon went to work for Eugene F. Griffin in the citrus business and advanced into management in the 1960s. When Mr. Griffin bought controlling interest in First Bank of Lake Placid (now Wauchula State Bank), Mr. Cannon was appointed as the bank’s agriculture representative. Upon the death of Mr. Griffin in 1973, Mr. Cannon was named vice president of First Bank of Lake Placid, co-executor of the Griffin Estate and was appointed to the bank’s board of directors. A year later he was appointed executive vice president and then president in 1975. It was Mr. Cannon who established the bank’s trust department. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Cannon attended the Ministry Center in Lake Placid. He was past president of the Highlands County Farm Bureau and Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Lake Placid Town Council, Lake Placid Athletic Association, Highlands County Zoning Board, and was the Citrus Advisory Commissioner for the Florida Bankers Association. He was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Cannon is survived by his wife Clarice, whom he wed in 1950 in Lake Placid; children William III (Barbara), Cindy Cannon Wells (Lonnie), Jenny Cannon Gentile (Jim); a sister, Betty Stalls (Sonny); six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday at Community Church of God with Pastor Joe DeHart and Pastor Lonnie Wells celebrating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. Contributions can be made in Mr. Cannon’s memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL, 33870.

Funeral arrangements were under the devotion of Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home, Lake Placid.