Joseph M. Cannaday
July 30, 1927 – November 6, 2018
Joseph Martin Cannaday, of Mint Hill, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2018, under the care of hospice at the age of 91.
Born July 30, 1927, in Mullens, West Virginia, Joe was a son of the late Emma and Marion Cannaday. He served in the Navy for six years and attended West Virginia University. Joe co-owned the east coast franchise of Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and was very active in raising money for Easter Seals. Joe lived much of his life in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his daughter, Claudia McKenzie; his sisters, Ann Wilcox and husband, Ivan, and Mary Swope and husband, Burb; and his brothers, Paul Cannaday and Marion Cannaday and wife, Ruth.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kathryn Cannaday; son, Curt J. Cannaday and wife, Beverly B. Cannaday; son, Craig P. Cannaday; grandsons, Kevin McKenzie, Clint J. Cannaday and Cody M. Cannaday; granddaughter, Carrie McKenzie; and great-grandchildren, Summer Griffin and Brianna McKenzie. Joe also leaves behind his nephews, John Swope and wife, Sue, Retired Col. Mike Swope and wife, Lucy, and Rusty Swope and wife, Lisa; and nieces, Lisa Wilcox and Carolyn Sue Keizer.
A celebration of life will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, November 16th, at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel in Mint Hill, North Carolina. A funeral mass will be held at 9:00 am Saturday, November 17th, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Idlewild Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. He will be laid to rest following the mass at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Mary Kathryn Cannaday, Wife
- Curt J. Cannaday (Beverly B.), Son
- Craig P. Cannaday, Son
- Kevin McKenzie, Grandson
- Clint J. Cannaday, Grandson
- Cody M. Cannaday, Grandson
- Carrie McKenzie, Granddaughter
- Summer Griffin, Great Grandchild
- Brianna McKenzie, Great Grandchild
- John Swope (Sue), Nephew
- Retired Col. Mike Swope (Lucy), Nephew
- Rusty Swope (Lisa), Nephew
- Lisa Wilcox, Niece
- Carolyn Sue Keizer, Niece
- Clint J. Cannaday
- Cody M. Cannaday
- Kevin McKenzie
- Taj Hair
- JT Henderson
- Darrin E. Lail
- Visitation Friday, November 16, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, November 17, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, November 17, 2018
Joseph M. Cannaday
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November 13, 2018
I worked part time for Mr.Martin & Ms. Connors for about 20 years. Those were the happiest days of my life. They were the most caring people you could ask for. Mr. Martin always had a smile on his face. He loved to dance. He would come out of his office & dance a little with the ladies on the floor with their instructors.
After they sold the studio he would call occasionally & say, "Fred, here, how are
you doing". I know he is in Heaven teaching someone how to do the swing. I will
miss him terribly.