Thomas Lee Cantrall, widely known former resident of Athens, and of late a resident of Springfield, died at the Springfield hospital last Friday morning, where he had been a patient since May. Mr. Cantrall was born in this city December 27, 1893, the son of Newton and Alice Cantrall.

He had been a resident of Springfield for the past ten years. Preceding his final illness, he was an employee of the Springfield fire department as a switchboard operator.

He had been ill for a number of months, suffering from stomach trouble, thought to be ulcers and a recent diagnosis revealed cancer. He was a patient in the Veterans hospital at Dwight until May and then entered Springfield hospital a week later and remained a patient until his death. He underwent a surgical operation on September 24.

Surviving him are his widow, Inez; one son, Loren; a daughter Velma; one brother, Weller of Phoenix, Arizona; and two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Dawson of Macomb and Mrs. Margery Canterbury of Cantrall.

Funeral services were Sunday from the West Side Christian Church of Springfield. Rev. O. M. Morgan officiated, assisted by the Rev. Donald Finley and the Rev. Daniel K. Teater. Interment was made in Hall Cemetery.

Those from out of town attending the last rites were: Mr. and Mrs. K. T. Lynn, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Lynn and daughter, Juanita, Tory Lynn of Hardin, Mo.; and Mrs. Dayton Ellis and sons of Henrietta, Mo.

Source: Athens Free Press, 3 October 1941


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