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CLIFTON LAMAR CANNON, JR., MD

Dr. Clifton Lamar Cannon Jr., 82, passed away at 8 pm June 15th 2019 surrounded by his loving family with a beautiful sunset over the Herb River.

Born 2nd July 1936, in Donaldsonville, Georgia, he was a star running -back in high school famously known as Cliff “atomic” Cannon. South Georgia College recruited him where he continued to grow his football fame. After college Dr. Cannon attended the Medical College of Georgia and interned in Rome, Georgia. Following a three-year commitment in the remote mountains of Blairsville Georgia, he then completed a residency in Neurosurgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

After marrying the love of his life Jane Wilson Cannon the couple moved to Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Cannon had an enviable and illustrative career as a founding member of The Neurological Institute.

Dr Cannon never forgot his roots in South Georgia and his modest upbringing. He was a grounded, simple man that earned every ounce of his success thru hard work and always doing his best. As a caregiver, patients and their families always came first. This level of care would have never been possible without his dream team: Elsie Karatossos, who was at his side for his entire career, John Iadorosa with whom he always shared mutual admiration and Jennifer McGee who always kept the wheels turning.

Although Dr Cannon was dedicated to his patients and practice his highest priority and greatest joy was his family. He served as a constant role model to them of what it truly meant to be a devoted husband, loving father and loyal friend.

He is survived by his wife Jane Wilson Cannon., brother James Cannon DDS, sister Doris Cannon Whitehurst, children: Tracey Cannon London and Jeremy London MD, Clifton Lamar Cannon III, MD, Staci Howard Cannon and Stephen Cannon, Stefanie Cannon Houchins and Randolph Houchins, Christi Cannon te.Riele and Timothy te.Riele and eleven grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 6 until 8 o’clock Monday evening, June 17, 2019, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

A private graveside service will be for immediate family.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Cindy (Hankinson) Sova says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Cannon’s passing. He was one of the four neurosurgeons and two neurologists who were on board at Neurological Institute when I was hired on September 6, 1977. He allowed me to watch a brain surgery (astrocytoma) when I’d only been there a couple of years. You see, I wasn’t in the medical part of the practice. I was one of the staff in the insurance department. It was extremely fascinating and I greatly appreciated that he allowed me that opportunity. My prayers go out to Mrs. Cannon and the children and grandchildren. I will always have fond memories of Dr. Cannon.

  2. Katie Kruse says:

    Dr. Cannon was a great doctor and a great man! I worked at NIOS many years and had the utmost respect for Dr. Cannon. He was one of the most brilliant doctors I have known and his patients were always in
    good hands.

  3. Douglas DuBose says:

    I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I was born on October 10 1977 awith spina bifida and he operated on me when I was two days old and again at four days old to put a shunt in. He was always very concerned how I was every time I went to see him . I truly believe that he is the reason I am walking today and not in a wheelchair. My condolences to his family he will be truly missed.

  4. Cheryl Pade says:

    Prayers for the family. I was a nurse at St Joseph NICU and at the Nerosurgery Surgery Center. Dr Cannon was such a kind surgeon. He loved his nurses and treated us with great respect. You will be missed.

  5. Mr. and Mrs. W. Harry Swicord says:

    Great friend for many years

  6. George Piros says:

    Southern Gentleman with great sense of humor

  7. Randolph and Priscilla Bishop says:

    We will always remember Dr Cannon as a true Lion of neurosurgery and mentor to countless. We will always remember Cliff as the running, cycling, family loving, colleague and friend. Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

  8. Caroline Cannady says:

    Dr.Cannon was my Mother’s Neurologist for 4 surgeries on her back. He was always concerned and had a great bedside manner. A gentleman to everyone and willing to answer all question. Thoughts and prayers for his family in the days to come.

  9. Caroly Emerick says:

    Deepest sympathy to Dr.Cannon’s family.I worked with him in the operating room when he first came to town.He was an excellent surgeon and a very kind man.

  10. Carolyn Emerick says:

    Dr.Cannon was an excellent neurosurgeon.I worked with him in St.Joe’s operating room years ago.Deepest sympathy to his family.

  11. John Davis says:

    A great man so many looked up to in our city love to the family

  12. Andrew Roy says:

    I’ve known Dr. Cannon for a long time. He’s done 5 of my 7 back surgeries. He was always so pleasant him and his staff. He even did my last surgery for free!!! I love him and God Bless his Family!!! He is and always will be a great healer!!!

  13. Ronnie Hagen says:

    It is with a sad heart that I learn of the death of a long time friend, having first met Cliff at South Georgia College in Douglas. He was a brilliant student and one i had great regard for during our school years and later while practicing the art of medicine. His great results with his surgical skills resulted in most of my referrals to his care. My last referral was me for which he did two surgical procedures with the same great results. I googled him tonight only to find this sad note. My prayers go out his wife and family. I know his presence will be missed. No words can express that nor the respect I had for him.

  14. Mark and Fabia Winchell says:

    Dr. Cannon was the epitome of the gentleman surgeon. He was incredibly humble and wise. I have never met a more polite and kind person and enjoyed our regular conversations greatly. He was a true leader and valuable member of our community. Our hearts go out to his friends and family…may he rest in peace.

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