Vernon Lawrence Cantrell (1936 - 2017)

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Vernon Lawrence Cantrell, 81, loving husband of 40 years to Jeanie Toll Cantrell, passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center - E.R.
Born Sept. 7, 1936 in Cowpens, South Carolina, Vernon was the son of the late Lawrence and Velva Paris Cantrell. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Vernon Randall Cantrell and his brother, Jerry Cantrell.
Vernon served his country as a sergeant working as an Aircraft Mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, followed by his service in the Air Guard and the Army National Guard. He was a deacon and member of the Christian Men's Fellowship at First Christian Church. Vernon had numerous jobs, including repairing lawn mowers for many in Lawrenceburg, a former school bus driver, limo driver, and served as a former deputy coroner in Anderson County for Brian Ritchie. He was a 50 year Mason serving in the Anderson Masonic Lodge #90 and was a member of the American Legion Post #34.
Including his wife, Vernon is survived by three children, Suzan Cantrell of Louisville, Barry Sparrow of Frankfort, and Julie (Barry) Goodlett of Lawrenceburg; seven grandchildren, David Cleary, Karen Nethery, Kristen Cantrell, Rachel Cantrell, Amanda Goodlett, Abby Goodlett, and Adam Sparrow; four great grandchildren, Breanna Cleary, Emma Thompson, Aynslee Ellis, and Kiley Green; and two sisters, Jeanie (Gene) Henderson and Mel (Jim) Anderson, both of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and his beloved dog, Deacon.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at First Christian Church beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. James Wheeler officiated the service. Burial with military honors followed in Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at First Christian Church. Masonic Rites were held Monday at 7:45 p.m at the church.
Memorials in memory of Vernon Cantrell are suggested to the First Christian Church, Building Fund, 300 South Main St., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.
Serving as pallbearers were Barry Sparrow, Barry Goodlett, Martin Harley, Ricky Gillis, Bobby Cooper, and Hager Hollon. Members of the Christian Men's Fellowship of First Christian Church and members of the Wheels of Time Car Club will serve as honorary bearers.
Arrangements are entrusted to Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.ritchieandpeach.com.
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Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
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Published in The Anderson News on Sept. 28, 2017
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