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Randolph Allen Cannon

Randolph Allen Cannon, 70, of Brinkley, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at the Forest City Medical Center in Forest City, Arkansas. He was born on October 16, 1952, to Harmon Randolph and Irene Mary Cannon in Roseburg, Oregon.

Randy was a man who found joy in the simplest things and shared his happiness with everyone around him. Randy was known to be a lover of a variety of music and a fan of Western movies. His love for Moonpies was legendary, always bringing a smile to the faces of everyone he shared them with. Randy’s favorite hobbies included raising chickens, fishing, duck hunting, and gardening. He was never one to shy away from getting his hands dirty, always tinkering and building things. His favorite vacation spot was on the Little Red River staying at a cabin with all his family.

In his interactions with others, Randy exuded an indomitable spirit of happiness and outgoing warmth. His compassionate, selfless nature was immediately evident, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone or any organization that needed it. This led to his legacy of kindness, honesty, and understanding, which will always be remembered by his loved ones and the school systems in which he worked over the years.

Randy was especially fond of his children and grandchildren, considering them his greatest accomplishments. He made it a point to attend all their school events and games, creating precious memories and demonstrating his unwavering support. His pride in his work was also infectious, inspiring teachers and staff at all the schools he ever worked at. He believed there were no “bad” children, but they were just lacking something in their life. Randy cared very much and always tried to understand and help all the school kids he could.

In passing, Randy Cannon leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity, and boundless spirit. His kind heart, jovial personality, and enduring lessons of kindness, honesty, and compassion will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents.

Randy is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Pam Cannon of Brinkley; four sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Gretchen Cannon of Hatfield, Mark and Luci Cannon of Mena, and Matt and Hillary Cannon of Watson, Oklahoma, and Adam and Stella Musgrave of Little Rock; two daughters and son-in-law, Christy and David Henry of Prairie Grove, and Stacey Musgrave of Mena; twelve grandchildren, Carson, Cason, and Caroline Cannon of Hatfield, Hunter, and Annie Cannon of Mena; Olivia, Cadie, and Avery Cannon of Mena, Kaylee, Alex, Nicole, and Emma Henry of Prairie Grove; and a soon to be great-grandchild; one brother and sister-in-law, Rodney and Shirley Cannon of Mountain Valley; two sisters, Karen Sexton of Fort Smith, Tina Coplen of Arkadelphia; his mother-in-law, Louise Price of Grannis; his school family from over the years; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 2:00 PM at the Christ Community Fellowship Church in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Bobby Blasingame officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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