Charles Weldon Cannon and Grace Adeline Cannon
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Funeral services for Charles Weldon "Tooter" Cannon, 82, of Dickens were held Saturday, March 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Spur. Officiating was Reverend Larry Burton. Burial was in the Dickens Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home.

Mr. Cannon died at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Mary Hospital in Lubbock.

He was the last of 9 children born to Charles Ira and Mattie Cannon in Afton on January 14, 1915. He was a cowboy working on ranches in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. He followed the rodeo circuit for a short time. He broke broncs for the government in El Reno, Oklahoma during World War II. He started making boots and saddles while working on ranches and started his own business in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1944 and had two shops going before selling out and moving back to Spur in 1949. He was in Spur from 1949 to 1968 then he moved to Dickens.

He was well known to cowboys all over the world. He made boots, saddles and equipment for the famous as well as the working cowboy. He was the subject of many newspaper articles, books, magazines and a television special.

He served on the board of the Swenson Reunion, Dickens Civic Club, and on the Dickens City Council for 2 terms.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Grace of Dickens; a daughter, Leanora Houwen of Santa Maria Ca; two sons, Kenneth Wheeler of Hobbs, NM and Bill Wheeler of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. One granddaughter, Mylinda Wheeler, preceded him in death in 1969. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Ophelia Cannon of Duncan, AZ, Delma Cannon of Pueblo, CO, Johnnye Cannon of White River, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His grandsons served as pallbearers.

©The Texas Spur, Thursday, March 27, 1997
Submitted by Leanora

Services for Grace "Pet" Adeline Cannon, 91, of Dickens will be held at 11:00 a.m., Fri. Feb. 18, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church in Spur with the Rev. Larry Burton, pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Dickens Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.

She died Monday, Feb. 14, in Crosbyton. She was born July 11, 1908, in Limestone County, Texas. She was a graduate of Crosbyton High School.

She married Charles Weldon "Tooter" Cannon April 22, 1957, in Santa Fe, NM. He died March 19, 1997.

She was a homemaker and member of the First United Methodist Church.She was a member of the Ladies Auxillary in Crosbyton, and was active in the Senior Citizens in Dickens.

Survivors include a daughter, Leanora Houwen of Santa Marie, CA; two sons, Kenneth Wheeler of Hobbs, NM, and Bill Wheeler of San Antonio; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

©The Crosby County News & Chronicle, Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, page 8

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