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Queen E. Cannon

September 8, 1926 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Queen E. Cannon Obituary

A Time To Be Born:

Queen Esther Cannon, age 97, affectionately known as “Ms. Queen”, was born in Barnwell County (Snelling), SC to the late Norman Wright and the late Annie Ree Fickling on August 31, 1926. However, the midwives of that day noted her birthday date as September 8, 1926, a week after her actual birth.

A Time To Live:

Ms. Queen graduated from Butler High School, Barnwell SC in 1946 and moved to Columbia, SC shortly thereafter where she began working as a domestic engineer. She then furthered her professional career and began working as a CNA, at Midlands Center. In the final days of her professional career, she worked as a Sales Representative at Sears Roebuck. After retirement from Sears, Ms. Queen continued to remain active by working with Richland County School District One’s  Foster–Grandparent Program helping students with reading, writing, and math until the age of 91.

She met and married the late John Henry Cannon, Sr., and was blessed with 3 children, Doris Cannon, Bettye Cannon Chandler, and John Cannon, Jr.

Ms. Queen accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Springfield Baptist Church in Barnwell, SC.  Upon relocating to Columbia, SC she joined First Nazareth Baptist Church, and in 1977 she moved her membership to her beloved Greenview First Baptist Church, where she faithfully served on the Ushers Board, sang in numerous choirs, and was a faithful member of the Missionary Society. She could often be heard humming a hymn that was in her heart as she did her daily household chores.

Ms. Queen had an advent green thumb and loved planting and growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers of any kind. If it came from the dirt, Ms. Queen could make it grow. Queen was a born seamstress.  She loved “taking up”, sewing, or fixing anything you handed her. She could sew with a pattern, or she could make her own pattern. No material was too hard for her to work with. When she was not gardening or sewing, Ms. Queen would be cooking and baking. She loved to make peanut brittle candy, pies, preserves, and cakes.  Whenever family and friends visited Ms. Queen, she always liked to have a little something to share.

Ms. Queen was a social butterfly who gladly gave her opinion on everything from history to construction. After over nine decades of life, Ms. Queen was very well-versed in almost any subject matter being discussed.

A Time To Rest:

On the evening of Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Ms. Queen experienced the sunset of her life, surrounded by her loving family and she went home to be with the Lord.

A Time To Mourn:

Ms. Queen was preceded in death by her grandson, Ivan Benson, her brother Wilson Wright; and sisters, Jennie Ree Neal, Lillie Mae “Tiny” Thompson, Daisy Mae “Pete” Walker, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Sorrells, and Irene Louise Wright.

Queen leaves to cherish her fond and precious memories her  loving children, Doris Cannon, Bettye Cannon-Chandler, and John Cannon, Jr.; five grandchildren, Samuel Benson, III, Bonita (James “Calvin”), Myrick, Ashley Chandler, Curtis Cannon, and Shanna (Christopher “Chris”) Brown; her loving sister, Mary Ellen Hill;  and a host of great-grands, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

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Public Viewing
February 9, 2024

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home of Columbia
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Greenview First Baptist Church
101 Isaac Street
Columbia, SC 29203

Interment following funeral service

Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens
2603 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204


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