S: ... Our Family ...
BC: GrandCann Productions, Cynthia Cann
FC: Our Family | By Cynthia Sims Cann
1: Alvin R. & Cynthia Sims Cann and Sons, Alton, Chaddrick & Audric
2: Alvin's Father | Aubrey Cann 1918 - 2005 | Leola Grey 1900 | Henry Cann 1897 - 1970 | Fannie Tillman 1873 | Jim Tillman | Fannie (Anna) Watts 1874 | George W. Cann 1874 - 1935 | Jennie Watts 1843 | Mahalia Green 1852 | Jerry Cann 1840 | Our CannAncestors
3: Carrie McDaniel 1886 | Lorene Carrington 1921--1992 | William Carrington 1881 | Goldie McDaniels 1881 - | John Carrington 1856 | Frances Moore 1860 | Benjamin McDaniel | Sallie Carrington 1835 | Moses Carrington 1818 | Our Carrington Ancestors | Alvin's Mother
4: Lorene's Mother, Lillian McDaniels Bosa Carrington | Lorene's Father, Willie Carrington | Aubrey & Lorene Cann | The Canns & Carringtons Together
5: The Canns Aubrey "AC" Cann was born 1918 in Monroe, Louisianna to Leola Grey and Henry Cann. Lorene Carrington was born in 1921 to Goldie M. Bosa Carrington in Tampa, Florida. The couple met while AC was stationed in Tampa, FL. at MacDill Air Base. Aubrey and Lorene bore three children; Audrey, born 1943, Alvin born, 1946, and Wayne born 1959, all born in Tampa, Florida except Alvin who was born in Monroe, Louisiana while the family was visiting AC's family. Because of the distance in which AC had to travel to visit family, there were few Cann family gatherings with his Louisiana family. Furthermore, he was the only child of his mother, but his father, Henry had another son, Woodrow. On the other hand, Lorene had a host of family in Tampa. Her mother, Goldie had four children from a previous marriage with Jose Bosa. They were Jose, Amada, Carridad amd Lillian. She was closest to her older sister Lillian, Mama Lil is what they called her. Lillian had 14 children with her husband Sumner Wilson. Lorene, being 13 years younger than Lillian was almost like Lillian's 15th child. Though Lorene was a stay-at-home mom, she dressed hair and kept children while their parents worked in order to help AC with the family expenses. Highlights in Lorene and AC's lives were visiting family and friends, But, most especially they were the daily conversations with her son Alvin, and the Wilson's Family Reunion, held every three years that Lorene most looked forward to. Lorene died in July of 1992 and AC died Nov. of 2005. | Leola Grey AC's Mother
6: Here we are with our Wilson cousins at one of the Night With the Wilson's.
7: AC and Lorene's 40th anniversary. Other photos on this page were taken during the Night with the Wilson part of their family reunions. A family reunion event in which all of Tampa is invited.
8: Shavana, Trinice & Zaronn Cann | Lorens's mother and brothers Amado, & Joe | Opposite page, first row, left to right W.Eugene Jr,, Audrey, Lorene, Aubrey, Fred, Alvin. Standing in the middle: Steve, Alton, Chaddirck. Back row: James, Keyshia, Claudia, Dionne, Wayne, Sr., Charvette, Mario, friend & Cynthia. This was taken at Lorene and AC's 50 Wedding Anniversary. | Alvin's brother, Wayne has several children including: Wayne "Eugene" Jr., Jermain, Conan and the two shown above, Zarron, Trinice and his adopted daughter Shavana. Lorene mother and two of her brothers are shown in the photo to the right. They are Amado, who lived in Philadelphia and Joe (Jose) Bosa, who also lived in Philadelphia with his wife Wilhelimena.
9: Aubrey, Lorene Cann & Family
10: Cynthia's Mother | Arletha C. James 1921- 2012 | Rosabelle Peck 1899-1993 | Perry James,Sr. 1853-1922 | Perry James, Jr. 1883-1921 | Julia Butler Peck 1874-1949 | Phillis Green 1853 | Sarah Pedro 1856-1906 | Edward Peck 1845- 1924 | Moses James 1826-1885 | Sarah James 1828 | Grant Peck 1871-1902 | Clara Davis 1856 | Yancy Butler 1856 | The James, Peckes & The Butlers | Rosabelle Pecke | Julia Butler | Ernest Sims
11: Cynthia's Father | Ernest E. Sims 1914- 1983 | Maggie R. Gant 1887 - 1981 | Thomas Sims 1876 - 1951 | Fannie Sanders 1856 - 1918 | Peter Gant 1854 - 1925 | Mahalie Sims 1845 | Elic Sims | Cherrie Bivens 1833 -1909 | Bryant Sanders 1825 - 1895 | Robert Gante | Clarisia Gant 1810 | Allen Sims 1820 | Kitty Sims 1820 | The Sims, Gants & The Sanders | Perry James, Jr. | Arletha Sims, Maggie Sims, Rosabelle Peck
12: He attended Florida Norma Industrial School (Florida Memorial Univ.) to become a teacher. She attended Bethune Cookman College, also to become a teacher. But before they ever met, he went off to fight in France in WW11 as a Master Sergeant, and then later graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University in New York. She, being several years younger, eight to be exact, was studying hard to be among Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune’s first four year graduating class. And, she made it with honors. She got her Master’s Degree in Special Education over several summers from Florida A &M University. This always made deciding which side to sit on during the Florida Classic rather difficult. But, as we never missed the Classic in those days, we always sat on the side of the Marching OneHundreds. As a Tampa native and graduate of Middleton High school in Tampa, she initially looked for a teaching position in the Tampa Bay area. She found one in Ellenton, Manatee County, FL where she taught for a few years. But because minority students were needed to help subsidize family incomes, some schools in that county were only in session for a few months out of a school year. So, she found a teaching job in Highlands County at E. O. Douglas teaching the 2nd grade. He taught there at E. O. Douglas too for a while, and also sang in a quartet that went by the name of The Hopewells. So when Avon Park city official turn old Air Force barracks into a school for “coloreds”, the school was named after his quartet. He was not the principal at that time, but taught American History to the 7th graders. About a year or two later, he was appointed principal. While he taught and served as the principal of Hopewell Elementary School and after he retired, he also served his church at St. Mark Missionary Baptist as Sunday school teacher, trustee, choir member, financial officer, and as deacon. He was an officer in the Lincoln Gardens Cemetery Association; he led in a fund-raising drive through which minorities gain access to Walker Memorial Hospital; he served as chairman of the March of Dimes; he was a Freemason and served as president of the local NAACP Chapter; he was the first director of housing development (HUD) for Highlands County and was a member of the Housing Authority; he was appointed by Gov. Bob Graham as a representative of the Democratic Committee of Highland County; and he aggressively promoted voter registration which helped elect those candidates who were concerned and sympathetic to the problems confronting minorities. She was also dedicated to her church and home. She served in the choir; as a deaconess; taught Sunday School and taught and held the Good News Club in her home. She served on the Board of Directors of Highland County Housing and Urban Development and on the Board of Directors of Agricultural & Labor Program, Inc. During the early years, she loved to sew and made everyone’s clothes. She even tried to make a suit for him. But that didn’t turn out very well. She was the disciplinarian and the golden rule and manners were her forte. Arletha James and Ernest E. Sims were married on Nov. 25, 1949 and it lasted 34 years, and raised three children, Earl, Cynthia & Melba Sims before he became ill and died in November of 1983. She died at home at the age of 91 in January of 2012. | Arletha Christina James & Ernest Eldridge Sims
13: Arletha James & Ernest E. Sims with Cynthia Zane Sims | He congratulates her upon receiving her Masters Degree at Florida A&M
14: The Sims & Cann Families Together
15: Earl & Patricia Sims, Sr. | Verona & Earl Sims | Kayla, Katrina & Kiana | Alton & Khamari Cann | Chendrick, Dekovin, Ceddrick, Khamari, Makyla & Ajianna | Makyla Sims | Kesha & Nyela Sims | Melba Sims | Audric Cann | Chaddrick & Analisa Cann
16: Cynthia Sims Cann & Sons & Grands | Cynthia & Alvin Cann | Alvin and I were married on January 29, 1971 in Tampa, FL. We had three sons, Alton, Audric and Chaddrick. Chaddirck and his wife Analisa and Alton and his friend LaShanda in turn gave us five wonderful grandchildren who are Chaddrick “Dekovin” Jr., Khamari, Ceddrick, Ajianna and Chendrick. Alvin was born on September 12, 1946 in Monroe, Louisiana. Cynthia was born on July 5, 1950 in Tampa, Florida. They met during the summer of 1970 while I was on summer break from Florida Memorial College. The story continues....
17: Earl L. Sims & Family | Melba C. Sims & Family | I was blessed with the best brother in the world, Earl L Sims, born July 23, 1949. He and his wife, Patricia also had three children who are Kesha, Earl, 11, and Katrina. Earl and Pat are blessed with three wonderful grandchildren who are Nyela, Kayla and Kiana. Their story continues. | My phenomenal sister, Melba was born on July 25, 1957. She is blessed with a super daughter, Makyla. Their story also continues.....
18: Thomas & Maggie | Barney, Thomas, Delbert, Paul, Ernest, Philmore, Barney | The Sims Family
19: Maggie, Rosalee, Rowena and Ruth, Wilma