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Donnie R. Cantrell


Donnie R. Cantrell passed away Monday, May 18, 2020 at his home in New Boston, Texas. He was 76.


Donnie was born March 4, 1944, in Texarkana, Arkansas to Jewell Cullen and Marjorie Evelyn Cooper Cantrell.  He was a retired Treatment Plant Supervisor for Day and Zimmerman.  Donnie was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in New Boston, Texas.    


He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tommy and Tim Cantrell.  


He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Rankin Cantrell of New Boston, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Denise Cantrell of Hooks, Texas and Steven and Kimberly Cantrell of Texarkana, Arkansas; one sister, Judith Gunter and her husband, Steve of Atlanta, Texas; one granddaughter, Sara O'Neal; one great grandson, Greyson O'Neal; one brother-in-law, Gerold Rankin and his wife, Suella of De Kalb, Texas; one sister-in-law, Connie Ratcliff and her husband, Larry of New Boston, Texas and numerous other relatives and friends.


Due to the current health situation, services will be limited to a private family gathering under the direction of Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.


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