His own words are perhaps his best epitaph and ones which I could claim as my own heritage and "predisposition":
“I am by genetic predisposition a Rebel. Ancestors I can claim have rebelled against the likes of King Edward I, King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, King George III, and Abraham Lincoln. I am and have always been in a constant state of rebellion against the federal government, and from time to time, against leaders of my State, county, and political party. Despite all of that rebellion, I am told that I am a very pleasant person with a genial personality and a pleasing disposition.”The South has lost a great man. Mr. Cannon will be missed.