Charles Ray Cantrell, Sr.
January 12, 1948 - October 2, 2021
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Gap Creek Baptist Church
388 Gap Creek Rd.
Marietta, South Carolina 29661
(864) 836-4002 | Map
Thursday 10/7, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Service
Gap Creek Baptist Church
388 Gap Creek Rd.
Marietta, South Carolina 29661
(864) 836-4002 | Map
Thursday 10/7, 12:00 pm
Cemetery
Gap Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
381 Gap Creek Rd.
Marietta, South Carolina 29661
(864) 836-4002 | Map

Charles Ray Cantrell, Sr., 73, of Marietta, loving husband for 56 years of Joan Barton Cantrell, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of the late Cecil and Edith Moore Cantrell. Mr. Cantrell was a retired maintenance engineer with Milliken and was a…

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Brandon Thompson left a message on October 5, 2021:
sorry for your loss, charles will be miss.
Harry Pate left a message on October 4, 2021:
My Deepest sympathy to you, Joan and your entire family in your loss. Charles was a co-worker and a dear friend to me. I count it an honor to have shared a portion of our lives together. At work, he was always willing to help me whenever I needed assistance (And that was a lot, because I am mechanically challenged!). He even helped me install power-steering on my truck at no charge. He was a gentle giant with a quick smile and would always laugh at my jokes no matter how bad they were. He would sometimes snicker when I would mess-up trying to repair a piece of equipment. He was a confidant, who would listen, share advice and not pass judgment. He could take a practical joke and even laugh at himself. I strive to be the humble man that he was. I smile when I remember the times I stopped by your house to give him a ride to work. I would honk the horn and hear Joan say through an open window, “Charles, get up Harry is here!” Somehow, she would get him dressed and out the door in a short while. He definitely wasn’t ready for a glamour photo shoot! I am so thankful God allowed me to witness him grow into Christian maturity. I had become a Christian only a short while before him. I wish his health would have allowed us to be friends a lot more years. Joan, you are fortunate to have been his wife. I can honestly say, “This world is a better place because he walked this earth.” He was an unselfish giver as well as a very good example of what a man should be. I can truly say, “I don’t remember one negative comment about his character or his job performance. He always went Above and Beyond what was asked of him. Charles, I love you and I appreciate the example you were to me and all who knew you at the Gayley Plant. My regret is, I did not tell you this in person. Take your well-deserved rest my brother-in-Christ. I thank God for having known you and your family. Joan, I thank you for taking such great care of one of my dearest friends. I pray that God’s grace and peace will see you and your family through your days of mourning. I pray the He will continue to pour out His best blessings upon you and your family members. Love-in-Christ, Harry Pate
Kathy Masters left a message on October 4, 2021:
In memory of Charles Ray Cantrell, Sr., Kathy Masters lit a candle
Annie Anderson left a message on October 4, 2021:
Joan and Family; Please know you are in my prayers at this time.. You were an outstanding caregiver, I know he will be greatly missed.. Love you ❤️ Annie
Fran Moore left a message on October 3, 2021:
Charles was a great man! He was such a sweet and loving person who never spoke ill of anyone. The world is a lesser place without him! Joan, I'm so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and the family 🙏
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Rick and Thelma Broadwater left a message on October 3, 2021:
Charles was the definition of Southern Gentleman. When you spent time with Charles the troubles of everyday life faded away. Peace, comfort and love filled every part of your being as you looked into those gentle eyes, listened to his soft spoken words and that smile confirmed the fact that the God had let us borrow an Angel for a moment in time. We love you Charles, Joan and all the family.
Melinda Rochester Fowler left a message on October 3, 2021:
May the Lord be with you all as you go through this time in your life. My heart is consumed with love for you all. There are such great memories. May you continue to be blessed in the days to come.
Pam & Martha Holt left a message on October 3, 2021:
In memory of Charles Ray Cantrell, Sr., Pam & Martha Holt lit a candle
Renee Mullinax Atkins left a message on October 3, 2021:
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
Phyllis Watson Malloy left a message on October 2, 2021:
Joan, I am so sorry, he was a very precious soul, he is rejoicing in his home coming I have thought of you and Charles often. Sending love and prayers
Linda Williams left a message on October 2, 2021:
Rejoicing that Charles is no longer suffering. But my heart goes out to the family. Charles was one of the kindest men I have ever met. His eyes sparkled with his kindness.
Debi Howard left a message on October 2, 2021:
Joan and family , I am so sorry to hear about my buddy ! Charles always will be remembered by me by his sweet prayers he would say , He was truly a blessed friend you both are.we will be praying for Gods Comfort-and strength . We love you , Benny and Debi Howard
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