|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1887|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1977|
OBIT – Greensburg Record-Herald
F.T. CANTRELL – Franklin, better known as ‘F.T.' Cantrell, one of the county's leading citizens died Thursday, October 20 at the age of 90 years. He not only was outstanding in his own right but was, as well, a member of one of the county's oldest families. His father was an attorney of wide and fine reputation who practiced law here for many years prior to his death in 1917. Earlier, members of the family gave the land on which the Gumm Springs Church, School and Cemetery were established.
Cantrell was born in Green Co, March 29, 1887, the son of the late William Franklin Cantrell and Martha Elizabeth Walker Cantrell. He received his early education in Green Co schools, later attending Lindsey Wilson Institute in Columbia and Bowling Green Business College.
He and his wife, Mary Lewis Marcum Cantrell, were married December 1, 1917.
Except for the time he served in the U.S. Army during World War I, he lived all his life in Greensburg and Green County.
For the past many years he and his wife had made their home at 102 S. Depot St, one of Greensburg's oldest homes. As an indication of their interest in the town and the preservation of its history, they purchased the home and beautifully restored it.
He was in the army from October 2, 1917 to May 24, 1919, serving in this country and in France. Following his discharge from the army he took his place in the business community of Greensburg and in that capacity earned the distinction of being considered one of the area's most successful businessmen.
He served as assistant cashier of the People's Bank and Trust Company for about ten years before he began his prominent career in the tobacco warehouse business. In his work with the tobacco warehouse business he was known to be a helpmate to the farmer and one of the people most instrumental in developing the tobacco warehouse business of Greensburg into the successful enterprise it is today.
Although he had involvement in other businesses from time to time, his abiding concern and interest remained with the tobacco warehouse business. Additionally, throughout his adult life he had substantial farming interests in Green County.
He is described as an extremely benevolent man who was vitally interested in anything that would improve the community. He was not necessarily known to have any special interests but rather to be willing to help on any worthwhile project that happened along. In fact, in addition to his own fervor, it was known that he had the capacity to get financial support from citizens that no one else could reach.
Mr. Cantrell had been a member of the Greensburg Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and was an ordained elder of the church. He was a member of the Order of the Kentucky Colonels and a charter member of the Rod Lowe Post No. 124 of the American Legion. He served three terms as Post Commander.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, and by one daughter, Mrs Ann Elizabeth Pickett of Louisville. A son, Lewis Franklin Cantrell, was wounded during his service in World War II while participating in the invasion of Luxemburg. He died January 7, 1945 as a result of the injuries.
Also surviving are two grandchildren: Walter Lewis and Catherine Ann Pickett, both of Louisville; and a sister, Mrs Martha Penick of Lebanon. A host of other relatives and friends also survive…
Pallbearers were William Lewis, Russell Lowe, Snap Graham, Harry Gilkerson, Sam Underwood, and Udell Kelly.
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William Franklin Cantrell (1858 - 1917)
Martha Elizabeth Walker Cantrell (1858 - 1946)
Mary Lewis Marcum Cantrell (1892 - 1984)
Ann Cantrell Pickett (1923 - 2006)*
Lewis Franklin Cantrell (1924 - 1945)*
Cora L. Cantrell Perkins (1879 - 1970)*
Anthony Cantrell (1881 - 1902)*
Charles Avolet Cantrell (1883 - 1935)*
Rosa Adeline Cantrell Miller (1885 - 1968)*
Franklin T. Cantrell (1887 - 1977)
Laura Jane Cantrell Fuqua (1889 - 1964)*
Maude A. Cantrell Gardner (1891 - 1956)*
Martha P. Cantrell Penick (1895 - 1985)*
Greensburg City Cemetery
Created by: Glenn and Tracy Morrow
Record added: Jul 05, 2011
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