Cleaton Cantrell | Obituary | Record Eagle
Cleaton Junior Cantrell (Red)
March 5, 1937 –
February 5, 2022
Cleaton Junior Cantrell “Red”, died Feb. 5, 2022 in Traverse City, Michigan, where he lived for the past year and eight months of his life battling heart disease and lung cancer.
Red was born in Overton, Tennessee, March 5, 1937, the youngest of five children. His family in Tennessee had owned a lumbering company during the “Great Depression”. His father, Euln Cleaton Cantrell and his mother, Willie Bernice (ne’e Ramsey), moved the family to the Battle Creek area for work at Post Cereal. Later Cleaton Junior Cantrell, “Red” worked at Post Cereal in the Carton and Container division, where he eventually retired.
In 1952 Red married Diana Redman (ne’e Ayers), the mother of his three children, who survives. The family moved to Colorado where Red was a corporal in the US Army and later was in the army reserves. After the army they moved between Traverse City, where he worked for Stromberg Carlson and Battle Creek, working at various jobs until attaining his job at Post Cereal In Battle Creek.
After retiring from Post Cereal in the 1990’s Red bought property in Fort White, Florida and moved there.
He loved working on his “Blue Angle”, 1932 coup, among many other cars and trucks and going to car shows. Red also enjoyed motorcycles, especially Harley’s. When in Michigan deer hunting, squirrel and bird hunting were his favorite sports. Over the years several dogs and cats found their way on his lap, for the attention he loved to give them. In the last decade of his life he developed macular degeneration, which made working on his vehicles very limited, but he always was out there doing what he could still do.
Red was eager and easy to talk to anyone and make them feel special. He cared about all his family and friends and loved their visits.
He is survived by his wife, Angie Cantrell (ne’ e Avinger), of Odesa, FL; his daughter, Shannon Cantrell-Walter (Jake), of Traverse City, MI; his son, Cleaton “John” Cantrell (Beverley), of Suttons Bay, MI; his son, Russ Cantrell, of Traverse City, MI.; his stepdaughter, Kim Morgan, (Brian), of Tampa FL; his stepdaughter, Tracy Brannum, (Brian), of Columbia, SC.
Red is also survived by ten grandchildren, Niles Breithaupt, (Angie), Tiahna Lee Hays, (Kevin Douglas), Mathew Hays, Jessica Oswalt, (Sam), Michelle Amor, (Kobi), Maranda Denay, (Greg), Brandy Nickerson , (brandon), Ryan Grant, (Amy), Coy Cantrell, Destiny Hayes; twenty great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Genola “Gerri” Wisner, (Harold), Phyllis Phares, (Victor), Izola Smith, (Harlow); a brother, Harland Cantrell, (Margarie); and a grandson, Cleaton John Cantrell “Johnny”.
A memorial service will take place at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, 1490 Michigan Ave., E Battle Creek, Michigan on Aug. 29, 2022 at 1 pm Paster Kevin Douglas will deliver the eulogy at grave-side. Please join the family At 2 pm at Claira’s On The River, 44 McCamly Street, Battle Creek.
For those that wish to donate in Red’s name please direct funds to the AMDF, American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Published on August 22, 2022