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James Larkin Cantrell, 84
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McMinnville resident and DeKalb County native James Larkin Cantrell, 84, was born Nov. 17, 1934 and died April 13 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital following an extended illness.

Mr. Cantrell was an employee of Powermatic for 35 years. He was a longtime member of Salem Church of Christ and a current member of Arlington Church of Christ. He was a life-long resident of the Midway community. He was a loving father, husband and pa.

He was the son of the late Thomas Plez and Ressie Cope Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Willard and Wallon Cantrell; and two grandsons, Nicky and Chris Turner.

He was married on July 14, 1956 to Dorothy Jean Drake Cantrell. In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by four children and spouses, Teresa and Kelvin Turner of Milford, Kan., Renee and Darl Smith of the Centertown community; Thomas and Debbie Cantrell of the Centertown community; and Tim Cantrell of McMinnville; seven grandchildren and spouses, Larkin Turner, Jacob and Kristin Smith, Jessica and Daniel Jones, T.J. and Alex Cantrell, Tyler Cantrell, Hillary Hollis Hale, and Haley and Tyler Glenn; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, brother Hansel Cantrell of McMinnville, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at High’s Chapel with Jon Simmons and Randal Gann officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 17, 2019