Nolen Lee Cannon

March 19, 1941 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 81)


We come to celebrate the life of Nolen Lee Cannon who went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 10, 2022, in Heber Springs, Arkansas at the age of 81 years. 

Nolen was born in Drasco, Arkansas on March 9, 1941 to Cluster and Helena Cannon. He and his brother, Norman, spent their early childhood years living with their grandparents Noah and Lura Cannon and their Aunt Nelda Jean Davis. Shortly after this, Nolen and his
mother, brother, and step father followed the fruit harvest in the states of Indiana, Missouri, and Michigan harvesting strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, etc. In the fall, they would pick cotton. 

In 1957, Nolen moved in with his grandpa and grandma Rackley to care for Mr. Rackley who was in ill health. At this time, Nolen began attending school in Concord, Arkansas and met Earlene Bell. He graduated in 1959. 

Nolen married Earlene on June 5, 1959. They lived in Drasco, Arkansas for several years where their first two children, Steve and Vicky, were born. Then they moved to Ida where their third child, Marty, was born. There they purchased a farm from William and Helen Byrd. Nolen and Earlene were farmers and raised chickens and cows for fifty plus years. 

While farming, Nolen worked on the construction of the Greers Ferry Dam as a concrete finisher. He also worked on the National Fish Hatchery and power house until they were completed.

Nolen started attending church in his early twenties and was saved at twenty-four. He was baptized by Reverend Lloyd Hazelwood in the Wilburn Creek. Nolen served the Lord faithfully teaching Sunday School and serving as a deacon for forty years until his health declined.

His one hobby that he loved was squirrel hunting. He raised and trained squirrel dogs throughout the years for his own enjoyment. He so enjoyed being in the woods and enjoyed hiking whenever he could.

Nolen was preceded in death by his infant brother, Bobby Don; his father, Cluster Cannon; his step father, George Rooney; and his mother, Helena Rooney.

Survivors are his wife of sixty-three years, Earlene; two sons Steve Cannon (Kristie) of Drasco; Marty Cannon (Lori) of Drasco; and one daughter Vicky Thompson (Scott) of Calico Rock; one brother Norman Cannon (Alma) of Drasco; Seven grandchildren, Dustin Cannon (Belynda), Austin Cannon, Meagan Hunt (Aaron), Nick Thompson, Mattie Cannon, Rachel Bowman (Hanse), and Malachi Cannon (Astrid). Nolen has two great grandchildren, Ella Cannon and Porter Hunt. He also has one nephew, Larry Cannon, and two nieces, Belinda Turner and LeAnn Byrd.
Nolen is also survived by many more loving relatives and friends.


The Cannon Family expresses their deepest appreciation to Dr. Bivins and his staff, the Southridge Nursing Home and staff, and to Hospice for the care that was given to Nolen.

Visitation is 10:00am, Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Heber Springs Funeral Home followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00am. The interment is at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens in Heber Springs. 

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September 14, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Heber Springs Funeral Home
1199 Wilburn Road ~ P.O. Box 778
Heber Springs, AR 72543

Funeral Service
September 14, 2022

11:00 AM
Heber Springs Funeral Home
1199 Wilburn Road ~ P.O. Box 778
Heber Springs, AR 72543

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