76 year old David Miller Cantrell, a native of Smithville and resident of Smithville and Michigan, died Thursday at the Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan of complications from lymphoma.
Cantrell was married to Virginia Cantrell, who is also a native of Smithville. He retired in 1994 from Unisys Corporation (formerly Burroughs Corporation) in Detroit where he worked as a Sergeant of Security since the 1970's. Known for his geniality and charm, David was a well-liked character on Detroit's east side and suburbs. Since his retirement, he worked out regularly at Bally's in St. Clair Shores, and spent summers in Smithville, where he raised cattle and hay with his brother, Kenneth Cantrell. Until his illness, he was active and productive.
David was a master class pistol shot. Teacher and mentor to a number of shooters, his expert advice on matters related to firearms was highly regarded and often sought out. He read widely on these subjects and collected an extensive library. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association of America.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, Virginia, David is survived by his son, David Anthony Cantrell; daughter, Cindy Lynne Cantrell and her husband, Brian Anse Patrick; daughter, Monica Burks; grandchildren, Cosmo, Catherine and Ben; brothers, Kenneth and Zane.
A fine, fine man, to the last David Cantrell was a gentleman. He never complained during his illness and he fought until death took him.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m.