Lawrence Parker Cantrell

80 year old Lawrence Parker Cantrell of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, a Veteran of World War II, a farmer, and a 32nd degree Mason. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Beulah Ponder Cantrell and a sister, Nell Conley. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Phillips Cantrell of Smithville. Five children, Deborah and her husband Lee Smith of Smithville; Vicky and her husband Donald Langston of Milton, Lawrence T. Cantrell of McMinnville, Catherine McKeown of Smithville, and Edward and his wife Roberta Cantrell of Pelham. Six grandchildren, Tiffany and husband Rob McCandless, Daniel and his wife Lydia Langston, Stephen Cantrell, Jessica McKeown, Stephanie Cantrell, and Elijah Cantrell. Four great grandchildren, Seth, Shelby, Hannah, and Hunter McCandless. Two sisters, Ruby Ballard and Ruth Prinzivalle and two brothers, Frank and Bill Cantrell all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews and other family and friends also survive. Sisters-in-law, Norma Gunter and Jane Eller both of Smithville, Fatama Walker of McMinnville and brother-in-law Bill and his wife Nina Phillips of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.

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