Jerry Eugene Cantrell

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Jerry Eugene Cantrell, of Sautee, Ga. passed away June 18, 2020 at his home in Sautee, Ga. at the age of 74.  

 Jerry was born April 12th, 1946 in Gainesville, Ga. and grew up in the Sautee area of White County.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Eugene Cantrell and Mildred Dorothy Howard; wife, Lisa Aillene Carmack; brother, Richard Cantrell; sisters, Wanda Sutton and Reta Buie; niece, Kasi Glover; and nephew Michael Sosebee.     

He is survived by his sons Scott Cantrell (Karen), and Andy Cantrell; daughter Angele Cantrell (Mike McClain); stepdaughter Bethany Crawford (Marvae); brother Wayne Cantrell (Roberta); sister, Donna Sosebee (Hoyt); granddaughter, Patsy Folds; and several nieces and nephews.  

Jerry grew up in White County and graduated from White County High School and attended Truett McConnell College.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and was stationed in Turkey on the Syrian border guarding a missile silo. He then served in Germany with the 27th Ordinance Company until he was discharged in 1969.

Jerry served as a White County deputy sheriff for several years.  He loved Sheriff Frank Baker and often said this was his favorite of all jobs he ever had.  He was a fantastic carpenter and helped build and remodel many homes around Habersham and White County.  He thoroughly enjoyed working on old vehicles and even fully restored a 1960 Ford Tractor that worked like new.  Jerry had many talents and could fix just about anything. In 2010 he moved in with his parents to take care of them as their health was failing.  They desperately needed his assistance in spite of his own failing health as he suffered from COPD which finally took his life.  He will be dearly missed by his family and relatives. 

A celebration of life was held June 20, 2020 at Barrett Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Robert Abernathy officiated. 

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