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Donald Brown Canestrari

Johnson City, TN

Donald Brown Canestrari, age 87, Johnson City, Tenn., passed away August 31, 2017. He was preceded in death by parents, James and Jewel Brown Canestrari, Memphis, Tenn.; brother, James Kenneth Canestrari (Margaret), Memphis; brother, Rev. Gene Edwin Canestrari, Jackson, Tenn.; parents-in-law, Charles Hickman and Kathleen Ridley Cargile, Memphis; and daughter-in-law, Lynne Eason Canestrari, Memphis.



Canestrari was born February 22, 1930, in Memphis, attending Whitehaven School 12 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, he served in radio communication during the Korean War. Afterward, Canestrari finished his education at the Keegan Technical Institute, Memphis. He worked for Texas Gas Transmission Corporation in Greenville, Miss., and Memphis, retiring as communications specialist/supervisor and union officer after 43 years' service.



An avid advocate for Scouting, Canestrari served as scoutmaster for Troop 62, Greenville, and Troop 30, Memphis; both sons and a grandson are Eagle Scouts. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC), Greenville; Whitehaven UMC and First UMC, Memphis; and Munsey Memorial UMC, Johnson City. He was chairman of the board of The Wesley School, Memphis.



Canestrari played tenor saxophone and clarinet in high school and jazz band. He also played for River City Community Concert Band of Memphis 10 years and Johnson City Community Concert Band six years. During 20 years living in Germantown, Tenn., he was active in Germantown Kiwanis Club, serving as president and assistant to the secretary. For his dedicated service, Canestrari received highest International Kiwanis Club awards: Tablet of Honor and Hixson Award. He was also Kiwanian of the Year.



Canestrari is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Jane Cargile Canestrari. He also leaves behind their son, David Warren Canestrari, Madison, Ala.; daughter, Nancy Canestrari Williams (Dr. Mark Williams), Johnson City; and son, James Arthur Canestrari (Karie) of Signal Mountain, Tenn. Grandchildren include Stephanie Higgins Deemer (John), Athens, Ala.; Wesley Morgan Canestrari (Caroline); Angela Canestrari Moore (Andrew), Franklin, Tenn; James Paul Canestrari, Knoxville, Tenn.; Elizabeth Cargile Williams, Bloomington, In.; and Alexei Matthews Tretyak Williams, Johnson City; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Bentley Deemer, Athens. Extended family include brother-in-law Charles H. Cargile (Rosie Lee), Kingston, Tenn.; nephew Douglas Canestrari (Jenni), Knoxville; and niece, Amy Canestrari Manfra (John), Enterprise, Ala.



Services were held Saturday at Munsey Memorial, with interment at a later date, Mountain Home National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Hands of Christ medical mission in Honduras, c/o P. O. Box 1252, Franklin, Tenn. 37065; First UMC Building Fund, Memphis; or charity of donor's choice.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the Canestrari family via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Canestrari family. (423) 282-1521
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 3, 2017
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