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Former Blue Devil all-stater Tony Cantrell dies at 36

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LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, Oct 29 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle, 1015 Bluebird Road, for former Lebanon High football standout Julian Anton "Tony" Cantrell, 36.

Born July 4, 1975, and a 1994 graduate of LHS, he died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 in Nashville.

He was an all-state performer for Coach Mark Medley's last team at Lebanon, the 1993 squad that lost in the state quarterfinals at Knox Farragut. Cantrell was named first team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, All Mid-State by The Tennessean and was named regional defensive player of the year. He attended Cumberland University and was currently attending Kaplan Career Institute studying to become a medical assistant. He was a lifelong member of The Garden of Prayer Tabernacle.

Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 28 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle and again Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Bishop Alfred Howard will offer the eulogy and Elder Johnny Crudup will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his father Van Cantrell; children Markesshia Antina McCathern, Julian Rashad Cantrell, Anton Xavier Cantrell and Damien Hogg; brother Christopher Ramone (Mon) Cantrell; grandmother,Loucille Cantrell; aunts Mary Sue Brandon, Katherine Robertson, Delorse Vaden and Rachel Cantrell; uncles Elroy (Earlene) Cantrell, James (Betty) Cantrell, Tollie (Barbara) Cantrell; great-great-aunt Queen Ester Steverson; great-aunts, Fannie Harris, Bonnie Pleasant and Darlene Jackson; great-uncle Paul Smith; nephews JaWilliameze Jennings and Jaylan Cantrell; God-sisters Yolander Coggins and Marvolyn Neuble; God-brother LaByron Seay; like a brother, Randall Lewis; cousins friends and special friend Renee Schmitt.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Jeanette Robertson Cantrell.

Pallbearers: Shavez Jobe, Jesse Gilliam Jr., Tyrone Head, Marlow Seay, Daryl Seay, Reece Hall, Maurice Davis and Darren Cason.

Gardner Memorial Chapel of Nashville isin charge of arrangements.

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