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Donald Venus Cantrell, 79
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Donald Venus Cantrell, 79, a McMinnville resident and Warren County native, was born June 20, 1937 and died Dec. 3 in St. Thomas West Hospital following a brief illness.
He was a retired farmer and inspector with Carrier Corporation and son of the late W.T. “Bill” and Bertha Cantrell. He loved God, the church and his family. He was a faithful lifelong member of the Church of Christ, taught Bible class for 40 years and was an avid Bible reader. He enjoyed watching and playing sports, was a member of the TSSAA for many years, served in the National Guard for eight years and donated over 200 pints of blood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, David Cantrell; and granddaughter, Amy Miller.
Mr. Cantrell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nelta Golden Cantrell; four children and spouses, Anthony Cantrell, Brad and Cyndi Cantrell and Donna Jo Farless, all of McMinnville, and Jeff and Renea Cantrell of Smithville; nine grandchildren, Chandler and Whitney Cantrell, Nathan Cantrell and wife Caitlin, Nick Cantrell and wife Sarah, Erica Cantrell, Tyler Cantrell and wife Caroline, Taylor Freeney and husband Dylan and Ashley Farless; six great-grandchildren, Knox, Kannon, Kase, Addison, Lilly and Carter; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Sarah Cantrell of Smithville; sister, Dianna Cantrell Atnip of Smithville; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Alice Cantrell of Morrison, Faye and N.B. Stiles of McMinnville and Ruth Cantrell of Summitville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edwin and Joyce Golden of Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at High’s Chapel with David Costello and Richard Bowman officiating. Interment followed at Webb Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossville Church of Christ, Waldron Missions, P.O. Box 1010, Crossville 38557. Online condolences may be made at
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.