Homer Boyd Cantrell

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1921 - 2010

Homer Boyd Cantrell, 88, of Tallahassee, died Sunday, February 7, 2010 at the Margaret Dozier Hospice House at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, EST, Saturday, February 13 at Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee (850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com).
Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Mr. Cantrell was born February 16, 1921 in Muscogee, Florida, outside Pensacola, to Commodore and Nora Lewis Cantrell. He was a star athlete and played football for Tate High School, Ole Miss and the Pensacola Alumni semi-pro football team. He was a Gold Gloves Champion of the South Pacific, while serving aboard the USS Dixie during World War II. He loved to travel and found great joy in finding and selling the perfect tomato. He was a funny man who was always coming up with the funniest sayings, and he never met a stranger. All who knew him will miss his sense of humor.
Survivors include his son, Roger Cantrell (Kathy); three daughters, Brenda West, Michelle Fitzgerald and Renelle Randell (Wallace); nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two nieces, Ann T. Bonifay and Juanita Gomillion; and extended family in the Pensacola area. His dear friend, Violet Felber, and his beloved cat, "Tom" also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Boyd Cantrell.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Dr. Donald Loucks, Tom Jones, PA, and the wonderful and caring staff at Tallahassee Memorial Rehab Center and Big Bend Hospice.

Published in Pensacola News Journal on Feb. 10, 2010