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Mr. Clemmon "Clem" Cannon

August 14, 1923 ~ August 26, 2023 (age 100) 100 Years Old


Clemmon Cannon, affectionately known as “Clem”, was born on August 14, 1923 to the late Johnny Cannon and Emmeline Summers Cannon in Columbia, South Carolina. He departed this earthly journey on August 26, 2023.

Clem grew up in a Christian environment and had his first church experience at St. James AME Church, his father’s church. He later became a member of First Calvary Baptist Church, his mother’s church. Later in life, he joined Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina.  

Clem was educated in the public schools of Richland County and was a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Class of 1941. After high school, Clem relocated to New York for employment opportunities. He attended the New York Institute of Photography, receiving a certificate in portrait photography. Clem spent many years as a photographic printer. Later seeking a career change, Clem attended Queen’s College and received a certificate in Social Gerontology and later a certificate in Housing Management at The National Center for Housing Management Inc.

Years later, Clem had an early retirement and returned to Columbia, South Carolina to care for his wife, Naomi, until her homegoing in 1995. Clem was involved in organizations such as the South Carolina State Museum, the Capitol City Senior Center, and the Harvest Hope Food Bank. He also served as the president of the “A” Team of the Alzheimer’s Association at the William S. Hall Institute, worked with Palmetto Legal Services, and was privileged to serve as the Chairman of the Housing Committee for the First Calvary Bantu Housing Program.

Clem always focused on the importance of Christian principles and family. His love of music, learning and self-reliance were primary in his life. Clem’s home was always open to family and friends. He took pride in being informed on current events, especially sports and current political events.

Clem leaves to cherish his precious memory one brother, William H. Cannon of Columbia, SC; goddaughter, Gwendolyn Y. Mahoney of Columbia, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and caring friends.

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Public Viewing
August 31, 2023

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services At Alpine Road
2624 Alpine Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Graveside Service
September 1, 2023

11:00 AM
Palmetto Cemetery
5050 Fairfield Road
Columbia, SC 29203


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