James Earl "Ace" Cannon was born March 3, 1951, in Marion, Alabama to his parents; the infamous, late Ruby and Cleveland Cannon. On Saturday, May 30, 2021, James Earl Cannon was called home to glory to be with our wonderful wise God, and to be finally rejoined with the love of his life, Mary Pinkston.
James worked at International Harvester, but; retired as a union labor worker in construction. James was affiliated with Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.
James Cannon (Ace Cannon) a nickname he took PRIDE in, was a “Special” Loving person that loved his children and family unconditionally; if he considered you a friend, you were.
James was loved by everyone, he enjoyed family gatherings and looked forward to every morning before he headed out to start his day, visiting his sister Emma’s & brother Johnny’s homes to eat a big breakfast and drink coffee.
Earl knew his big brother McCaudis (Mac), if he wasn’t already there, was coming right behind him. This was their little ritual they through did, if you wanted a good morning laugh and to see a real Tyler Perry Show, they were hilarious, it was their fun time to laugh and reminisce about everything, and Emma Jane’s time to fuss at all three of them. He would laugh then say she was their sister Emma Jane and that he loved her so much and she takes good care of us. She was their other Mother, “Madea” and she enjoyed taking care and putting up with all of them. They are really going to miss their brother at the table and seeing who can beat him to the big red recliner that puts everyone to sleep.
James, who was also known as “Earl” or “Uncle Earl” to us, always had a smile on his handsome face, but when he stopped you and stood back on his legs, we already knew we had to listen. He had stories to tell us; they were all about his life’s experiences and unbelievable memories that really tickled him when he was telling them to us. And we would listen and laugh with him. We knew they were true, that’s what excited us. You gave us memories that will live with us forever, now we will continue to share them amongst each other the years so that your memoir will continue to be your legacy.
James Earl Cannon leaves to cherish his memory; all of Fort Wayne, Indiana, daughter; Earlean Laster, sons; James Earl Pinkston, Jamarcus Tinker, granddaughters; Precious Laster, Kayla Laster, and Kaliyah Laster, grandson; Damarion Laster, siblings; Emma (Johnny Lee) Braster Fort Wayne, Indiana, Theresa Austin Columbus, Georgia, brothers; O.C. (Ada) Cannon Cleveland, Ohio, McCaudis (Linda) Cannon Fort Wayne, Indiana, Farrylee Cannon Fort Wayne, Indiana and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, great-great nephews and great-great nieces.
James Earl was preceded in death by his parents; Ruby and Cleveland Cannon, sisters; Yvonne Martin, Lillie Mae Ford, and Patricia Pearson, brothers; Eddie Lee Cannon and Willie Roy Cannon, Marry Pinkston, best friend; Percy Johnson, II, very close nephews; L.C. Martin, Jr. and Larry Martin, great nephew; “Lil Jay.”
James Earl Cannon always said he was going to write a book and call it “The life of Ace of Spades.” Yes, he was a spade to our family. You rolled as far as God granted, now you can sign your book as the “Best” Author Earl James Cannon (Ace). WE got our copy. You’ll be greatly missed, always in our hearts, but never forgotten.
“We Love You”
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