Elmus Greston "Tot" Cantrell age 91 of Smithville passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at NHC HealthCare Center. He was born August 15, 1929 to his parents, the late John Lee and Ona Young Cantrell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by Brothers: Joe, J W, Morgan, Thaniel, Jewell, Doyce, John, Lewis, and Prentice Cantrell; Sisters: Carmine Poss, Nona Mai Glenn, Nell Fly and Janice Martin; Son-in-law: Alan Bradford. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Mr. Cantrell was a member of Mt. View The Baptist Church, retired factory worker and a farmer. He is survived and deeply loved and cherished by his wife of 68 years, Gladys Fuson Cantrell of Smithille; Daughters: Phyllis Hallum of Smithville and Suzanne (Bill) Gash of Smithville; Grandchildren: Jeremy Hallum, Stephanie Crabtree, Mandy (Paul) Talley, Cory Bradford, Jordan (Erika) Gash and Rachel (Kieran) Russell; Great-grandchildren: Wesley Hallum, Conner Crabtree, Trey Crabtree, Peyton Hallum, Hudson Talley, Owen Talley, and Torryn Gash; Sisters: Joan Harrelson of Lebanon, Hilda (Floyd) Corley of Tullahoma; Brother: McClure (Pam) Cantrell of Smithville; Brother-in-law: Joe Fly of Hendersonville; Sisters-in-law: Nell Cantrell of McMinnville, Wilma Jean Cantrell of Smithville, Frances Cantrell of Gallatin; Special friend and caregiver Betty Davis; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive Funeral Services will be held 3:PM Friday January 29, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. James Gibbs and Bill Gash officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4:PM until 8:PM and Friday 12:PM until the time of the service at 3:PM. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the chapel are marked to respect these guidelines and allow 100 to 125 for the service. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mt. View Cemetery at Young Bend or Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Mr. Cantrell. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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