Maurice Cantrell

Born in Rock Island, TN on February 8, 1936

Departed on November 22, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Cantrell, Maurice – age 80 of Hendersonville TN, passed away peacefully from this life on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 to reunite with those preceded in death, including parents, Dyer and Martha (Adcock) Cantrell, and older brothers, Oliver Cantrell Sr. and wife Lattie, Robert Cantrell and life friend Lois Cummings, Drennon (Don) Cantrell and wife Irene, Mahlon Cantrell, Ralph Cantrell, Sr., nephew Oliver Cantrell, Jr, and best friend Craig Smith.
Surviving members include sister-in-laws, Sarah Cantrell, who was married to Mahlon, and Nancy Cantrell, who was married to Ralph Cantrell, Sr., as well as sisters of Suella Cantrell, Joan Callahan and Nancy Wyatt, and Shirley Smith, close family friend who was married to Craig Smith. All other surviving members are mentioned below.
Maurice was born in Rock Island TN, during the depression years, but his family later moved to Nashville when he was just a child, eventually settling down in East Nashville. Maurice was a graduate of East High, class of 1954, and went to the University of Tennessee, where he ran track, and was a member of the 1956 SEC Champion Cross Country team, which allowed his name to be etched on the UT Wall of Fame. He married the love of his life, Suella Hammond, from Wytheville VA, and they had five boys, Cary (Sherree), Mark , Chris, Robert (Judy), and Alan. He had seven Grandchildren, and two great-Grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces from both sides of the family. Maurice and his immediate family resided in Hendersonville TN for the last 50 years. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, TN, where he was a well-respected Deacon and Sunday School teacher for over 35 years. His life loves were his GOD, his family, his church, his friends, and the University of Tennessee Volunteers (a true VFL). Mathew 25:21 verse starts with this, which is fitting for the life that Maurice led “His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant!” Honorary Pallbearers include Jerry Vradenburg, Harold Pickel, Ed Alred, Thomas Spurlock, Eddie Stanton, and Alex Bell.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11 am at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday, November 25, 2016 from 4 to 8 pm and also prior to the service on Saturday beginning at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association website address alz.org.

4 Comments to Maurice Cantrell

  1. Gene Windham
    November 23, 2016 1:07 pm

    A great man. Face to face with GOD today.

  2. Cathey Williams
    November 23, 2016 5:22 pm

    Mr. Cantrell’s son, Alan, is a very dedicated, active member of Hickory Hollow Baptist Church in Antioch, I wish I could have known Mr. Cantrell also. Prayers are ascending to our Lord on behalf of you all!

    Cathey Williams
    Ministry Assistant
    Hickory Hollow Baptist Church

  3. Jim Edwards
    November 25, 2016 9:25 am

    So sorry to learn of his passing. He was always kind to me. I remember him as a gentleman and a man with a great heart for others. He is a fine Christian witness who most certainly will be missed. He has surely now arrived in his heavenly home where no sickness nor sadness is present. God bless his family and friends who mourn his loss.

  4. DOT HODGES
    November 25, 2016 5:54 pm

    DEAR SUELLA, WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOURS TODAY AND TOMORROW…WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE HAD A GOOD HUSBAND THESE MANY YEARS AND SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES TO RELIVE…WILL BE REMEMBERING YOU AS YOU TRANSITION INTO HIS ABSENCE BUT KNOW THAT YOU WILL FEEL HIS PRESENCE AND HEAR HIM CHEER YOU ON IN THE DAYS AHEAD. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S COMFORT ABUNDANT, ABOVE ALL YOU CAN ASK OR THINK FOR YOU….LOVE IN CHRIST, DOT HODGES

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