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Obituary- Norma Louise Cannon

Editor’s note: The following has been reprinted from the Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune.

Norma Louise Charles Craft Cannon died at the age of 96 on June 27, 2006 at her home after five years of declining health.


Cannon, the daughter of the late Edward Charles Craft and Harriet Northam Charles Craft was born in Wilmington, N.C., on April 12, 1910. She attended Wilmington public schools and graduated from Duke University, class of 1932, with a degree in religion. She was member of the Women's Honorary Order of the White Duchy and of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Cannon married William Coltrane Cannon August 28, 1935, and they made their home in Concord, for over 50 years. Survived by her five daughters Louise Cannon Whitley, Harriet Cannon Crawford, Margaret Cannon West, Mary Bost Cannon Gray, Winslow Cannon Leatherman; one son William Coltrane Cannon Jr.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Her youngest son, Bill Cannon, is father to Will Cannon, best known for his many world titles on CH Moonchance.


She was preceded in death by her husband William Cannon and one grandchild, John Michael Gray Jr. Cannon's love of community was demonstrated in her commitment to her church, First Presbyterian, the Girl Scouts of America and numerous other organizations. Cannon was a well-known needle crafter. She and her daughters Mary Bost Gray and Winslow Leatherman operated Twin Oaks Needlecraft for 16 years.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO BOX 789, Concord, NC 28026 or to Alzheimer's Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215.

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