CAPE GIRARDEAU - Clarence Cantrell, 96, formerly of Sikeston, died Dec. 9, 2007, at the Lutheran Home Assisted Care Facility in Cape Girardeau.
Clarence was born Oct. 8, 1911, in Thayer, son of Charley and Lottie Risner Cantrell. He and Mary Allard were married on Oct. 3, 1936, in Charleston. At his death, Clarence was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. He was active in church through the years serving as deacon for most of his adult life.
Throughout the years, he was an active businessman. He owned a General Store in Salcedo for over 24 years, was a farmer and part-time mail carrier. In 1956, he started a livestock market known as D&C Livestock Market in Bloomfield that specialized in supplying meat packing operations. Clarence retired in the early 1970s and traveled to Africa on a mission trip.
He was an active member of Gideon International. He held several positions in the Sikeston area camp as well as state officer. Clarence was an active civic leader in the Sikeston area, serving on the Sikeston School Board, the Heritage House Board and the Scott County Democratic Committee. Clarence was an integral part in the creation of the Sikeston Rural Water District. He was elected to several terms on the Water District Board. He also served on the South Scott County Ambulance Board.
Clarence was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening, singing and playing the piano. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Allard Cantrell; a daughter, Carolyn Cantrell Cooper; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Street Cantrell.
He is survived by a son, Kenneth E. Cantrell of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Glenda and son-in-law Calder Ehrmann of Greenville, S.C.; and a son-in-
law, Terry Cooper of Doniphan; and seven grandsons and seven great-
Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Dolan Rogers officiating.
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Memorial donations may be made to:
Gideon International Camp U24010 P.O. Box 1275 Cape Girardeau, MO 63702