Mr. Luther Mason Cantrell, 81, Gray, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at his residence.
A native of Dekalb County, TN, he was the son of the late Herbert and Lula Luna Cantrell.
Mr. Cantrell attended the University of Illinois. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for twenty six years. During that time he received numerous honors in the Korean Conflict. He served in Japan, the Northern Territories, and the North Pole.
Mr. Cantrell was awarded the Bronze Star during the Vietnam War, and was nominated for the Zimmerman Award in Climatology. He later became an Environmental Analyst with the TVA.
He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee, member of the Hospital Hospitality team, and a member of the Challenger Sunday School Class. Mr. Cantrell enjoyed computers, camping, hiking, and spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Buford Cantrell.
Mr. Cantrell is survived by his wife of sixty one years: Melvina “Nell” Rich Cantrell; daughters: Brenda Carolyn Harris, and husband Dennis, Peggy Cantrell-Barroso, and husband Mike; son: George Russell Cantrell and wife Jennifer Lee; sister: Agnes English; grandchildren: Stephanie Harris-Hart, and husband Richard, Cindy Harris-Dziurzynski and husband David, Andrew Cantrell-Sharkey, Henry and Zinnia Cantrell; great-grandchild: Harrison Dziurzynski; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Luther Mason Cantrell will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 16, 2012 in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until time of the service at the funeral home.
Graveside and Committal services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 18, 2012 in Mountain Home National Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Boone Dam Post #4933.
The family asks that for those who choose not to send flowers, donations may be sent to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 99 Jonesborough TN 37659.
The family would like to express appreciation to the health care providers who cared for Mr. Cantrell in his final days, with special regards to Drs. Matthew Cary, Jeff Farrow, and Mark Smith.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177.
Arrangements for the Cantrell family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.