William Burton Cannon

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William B. (Bill), Jr.
July 15, 1922
Aug. 8, 2001

Mary F. Bell
June 10, 1924

Married Sept. 10, 1950

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William B. Cannon, Jr.

1953 - 1958 Assistant City Arrorney, Houston, Texas
1968 - 1970 Municipal Judge, Bellaire, Texas
1970 - 1982 Assistant Probate Judge, Court # 1, Houston, Texas
1982 - 1994 Justice 14th Court of Apperals, State of Texas

Life Member University of Houston Alumni Association
He loved his family, his country, and the Houston Cougars


William B. Cannon Jr.
Lt. Col US Airforce
World War II
July 15 1922
Aug 8, 2001
Full Name: William Burton Cannon
AKA: Bill
Location: Section:Patriots' Hill, Section 1 (A)
Row:L  Number:22
Reason for Eligibility: Associate Justice, 14th Court of Appeals of Texas 
Birth Date: July 15, 1922 
Died: August 8, 2001 
Burial Date: August 11, 2001 

CANNON, WILLIAM BURTON (1922~2001) William Burton "Bill" Cannon, Jr. was born in Greenville, Mississippi on July 15, 1922, to William Burton Cannon, Sr. and Lillian Ione Lawson. After leaving Mississippi, the Cannon's settled in Alexandria, Louisiana, where Cannon played quarterback for the local high school. After graduating, Cannon attended Memphis State, where he played quarterback on the freshman team.

During World War II, Cannon joined the Air Force and served as a pilot, where he flew transport planes from Europe to Egypt. After leaving the service, Cannon entered law school at the University of Houston and the Air Force Reserve, where he served for twenty-one years and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After law school, Cannon worked as an assistant attorney for the City of Houston in the 1950s and 60s, and then entered private practice. From 1970 to 1982, Cannon served as an associate judge in the Harris County Probate Courts, before winning a seat on the 14th Court of Appeals. Cannon served two full terms, twelve years, before retiring.

An avid sports fan and outdoorsman, Cannon held season tickets to the University of Houston football games and fished at his weekend home in Galveston. Judge Cannon passed away on August 8, 2001, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery three days later.

Information taken from obituary, Houston Chronicle, August 10, 2001, and "Judge Bill Cannon, 79, on court for 12 years," Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2001.


#8750) Served on the Court from 1983-1994.
Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:19 PM

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