The Rev. Peter Cannon, a downtown developer and Midlands evangelical leader, was remembered Monday as a “quiet, behind-the-scenes giant” for his visionary approach to revitalizing downtown Columbia and his devotion to Christian faith projects.
Cannon, who was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer about five weeks ago, died Friday at Emory University Hospital, a week after undergoing surgery, his son, Ronnie Cannon, said. Cannon was 64.
Friends and associates described Cannon as a private man with wide-ranging passions, always overlaid with the concept of service to his fellow man.
Even as he worked on downtown development, he and his wife, Pat, founded HIS International Inc., a Christian ministry to international college students, which operates at USC and two other campuses.