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Cantrell recognized for cutting grass at airport
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Warren County Memorial Airport manager John Patterson and Airport Commission chairman Joe Lane Howard recently presented a plaque to Joe T. Cantrell in honor of his 17 years of service to the facility.
Cantrell was responsible for keeping the 300 acres within the confines of the airport fence mowed and maintained, something both Howard and Patterson said he accomplished with a combination of hard work and a personal interest in how the airport appeared to the public.
Howard said he has known Cantrell most of his life and knew of his diligence and attention to detail, so when Cantrell retired from Kroger he asked him if he would take on the maintenance of the airport grounds. Although he wishes him a happy retirement, Howard says he is sad to see him leave the airport.
“It’s sort of like losing your best friend,” Howard said. “I’ve known him almost my entire life and then he came out here and went to work and did a wonderful job. You never had to worry about him, never had to tell him anything. He came in here and went to work and made this airport look like his front yard. You can’t beat a deal like that.”
Patterson said he also wishes Cantrell the best and appreciates the job he did to keep the airport grounds in excellent condition over the years and was pleased to be able to present him with a plaque to commemorate his efforts.
“Joe’s been a huge asset to the team out here at the airport,” Patterson said, “and has been ever since I got here in 2006. I wouldn’t have traded him for anything, but this is his opportunity to pursue other interests. We wish him well and wanted to show him our appreciation for all his hard work.”
In addition to the plaque, Cantrell was also honored with a letter of recognition from County Executive John Pelham.
“Your work ethic is a rare and admirable quality which has not gone unnoticed,” Pelham wrote. “It is apparent that you have taken great pride in your work and for that we are ever grateful ... and wish you the best on your retirement.”