Lawrence Cannan

    Lawrence (Larry) Jerome Cannan, 63, of Murphy in Cherokee County, for the past 19 years, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at his residence.  
    He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on July 14, 1955.  He is the son of the late Sheral Ruth Greenberg Cannan, who passed away June 21, 1994.  
    Larry worked as a police officer for the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office and Boca Raton (Fla.) Police Department before retiring in 2000.
    He worked as a correction officer, road deputy, motorcycle officer and traffic homicide officer.
    When he moved to Murphy, he worked at Fatback’s Citgo as a manager for 16 years before retiring a year and a half ago.
    Larry loved his family and friends, was an excellent bowler, loved all kinds of sports, riding his Goldwing and camping.
    Surviving are his wife, Theresa Diana Gerhard Cannan of Murphy; a daughter, Jennifer White and husband Thomas of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three sons, Jason Cannan of Reston, Va., Dominick Lanza of Beech Grove, Tenn., and Richard Lanza and wife Jennifer of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Susan Gutterman and husband Paul of Ocala, Fla.; and 12 grandchildren.
    There will be a Celebration of Life from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.
    Also another Celebration of Life at a later date in Florida.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Larry Jerome Cannan to the American Cancer Society at
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at

The Cherokee Scout

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Murphy, NC 28906
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