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Nadean Cantrell Brown, 86
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Nadean Cantrell Brown, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, at NHC Health Care in Smithville following an extended illness. 

Nadean was a longtime resident of the Green Hill community and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Eddie Glenn Cantrell, parents Otis and Hazel Martin, father-in-law and mother-in-law Herman and Irene Cantrell, brother and sister-in-law Haskell and Treva Martin, brothers Ollis and Douglas Martin, sister Sue Bell Jones, brother-in-law Glen Bell, and infant sister Judy Ann Martin.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Darrell and Carol Cantrell, grandchildren Leah (Ryan) Magness; Natalie (Jody) Gilley; Ben (Ashley) Cantrell, and Emily (Andy) Estes; and ten great-grandchildren – Luke and Laura Magness; Olivia, Cora, and Jacob Gilley; Cohen and Addy Cantrell, and Andrea Kate, Caroline, and Sterling Estes.

She is survived by husband Kenneth Brown Sr.; brother and sister-in-law Otis and Sylvia Martin; sisters-in-law Mary Francis Martin and Carol Martin; brother-in-law and sister-in-law George and Billie Christian; many members of the Kenneth Brown Sr. family; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Nadean was a member of Charles Creek The Baptist Church and worked for several years at Oster before becoming a dental assistant for the remainder of her working career. More importantly, she served as a pastor’s wife for over 40 years while Eddie pastored numerous churches in Warren, DeKalb, and surrounding counties.

Nadean, or “Tish” as she was named by her oldest granddaughter, was a resident of NHC HealthCare in Smithville from March 2019 until she passed. Tish was known and loved at NHC and when she was able, she would sit in her wheelchair near the nurses’ station and greet others who passed by, quite frequently instructing staff in what they should be doing. All of this endeared her to the nurses and staff, and the family wishes to extend its sincere gratitude and appreciation for the compassionate care Tish received while at NHC as well as the care provided by Dr. Doug Hooper and Dr. Jim Jenkins.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville. Elder Frank Randolph will officiate at the service and Bro. Andy Estes will officiate at the gravesite. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at McMinnville Funeral Home. Social distancing including wearing facial masks are encouraged and no food or drinks at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 18, 2020