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“Sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Always loved to hear him play the organ and piano when I was a kid. He was loved by all at Boiling Springs...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: gloria jean covil wales - orlando, FL

“Bill, Aunt Della & Uncle Jess were so much a part of my growing up years. Every Saturday night we would go to their home and Bill would teach my...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Cantrell Lynch - Spartanburg, SC

“To The Cantrell Family: You have our deepest sympathy, and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Frances Hardy & Family ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Frances Hardy - Spartanburg, SC

“Christy, Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of your dad's death. Your dad was a wonderful man of God. It was obvious how much he loved his family....Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Ashley Clary - Spartanburg, SC

“A wonderful teacher & friend. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Wayne & Brenda Barnette - SC

“Bill was a truly good person, and an extraordinary administrator. He will be missed ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Willa D. Parks - Spartaanburg, SC

“I still use the musical books of the Bible that I was taught by Bill Cantrell when I was in VBS and choir at Boiling Springs Baptist Church. That was...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Eileen Lewis Mostiler - SC

“My memories of Bill are of a kind and gentle man who loved his family so very much. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the members of that precious...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Beverly Scheerer - Atlanta, GA

“Christy, So sorry about your Dad. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. Lori Bastin ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Lori Bastin - Spartanburg, SC

“Christy, So sorry about your Dad. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. Lori Bastin ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Lori Bastin - Spartanburg, SC

“My deepest sympathy to Mary Frances and the rest of the family. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Fran Bagwell - Spartanburg, SC


William Joseph Cantrell "Bill," 80, of Spartanburg, died December 15, 2012 at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. He was born August 30, 1932 on ancestral land in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Mr. Cantrell was the son of the late William Jesse and Della Virginia Cudd Cantrell. Bill was the husband of Mary Frances Lee Cantrell. They were married on July 15, 1967 and celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Mr. Cantrell was a 1950 graduate of Boiling Springs High School. He received his Associate of Arts degree from North Greenville College in 1952 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College in 1954. He earned his Master's degree from Furman University in 1962 and continued post graduate work at the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Mr. Cantrell was a retired Public School Educator from Spartanburg School District Seven. He served as a sixth grade teacher at Fremont Elementary School and Park Hills Elementary School, and a Gifted Education teacher at Pine Street Elementary School and an administrator at Edwin P. Todd Elementary School. He also served as Minister of Music and Organist at First Baptist Church of Boiling Springs for many years where he was also initially ordained as a deacon. He also attended First Baptist Church, Spartanburg where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon and member of the Music Committee. In recent years, Mr. Cantrell was a member of Morningside Baptist Church where he was an active member of the New Covenant of Joy Sunday School Class serving as class treasurer; the Golden Tones Senior Choir; and Chairman of the Church Library Committee. He was also a member of the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club, Woodmen of the World, School Masters, the National Education Association, the South Carolina Education Association, the Spartanburg Historical Society, the Spartanburg Regional Wellness Center, and the 50 Year Club of Wofford College.

Mr. Cantrell was an avid gardener and especially enjoyed working with his prize winning roses. He was an accomplished artist who enjoyed both calligraphy and oil painting, displaying many of his paintings in his home. Bill received much joy from playing the piano and organ and teaching piano lessons to his grandchildren. Mr. Cantrell was an enthusiastic reader and enjoyed reading many different genres and attending book lectures. He was affectionately called both the "Gentle Giant" by his family and "Booie" by his grandchildren and their friends. He found pleasure in volunteering at River Ridge Elementary School where he and his wife were "Booie Claus and Frannie Claus" for Christmas festivities and where he helped first graders with their Spot of Pride Garden. Mr. Cantrell also enjoyed researching his family genealogy and sharing information about his ancestors with his loved ones. He cherished the years he served as an educator and maintained an interest in his former students and school colleagues and was delighted when he encountered them. Bill loved traveling with his wife, children, and grandchildren and especially treasured his family vacations to St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary Frances are his twin daughters Christy Lee Cantrell Emerson and her husband, Forrest Kingsley Emerson III, of Moore, South Carolina and Amy Elizabeth Cantrell of Asheville, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Caroline Cantrell Emerson, William Kingsley Emerson, and John Forrest Emerson; two brothers, Robert Lee Cantrell, of Cleveland, Tennessee and James Hilliard Cantrell and his wife, Glenda Wilson Cantrell, of Boiling Springs; and many beloved cousins.

Visitation will be held at Morningside Baptist Church in the Welcome Center on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:00pm in the sanctuary at Morningside Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Kirk H. Neely and Rev. Robert C. Morgan. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers include Jerry Barnette, Christopher Cantrell, Tim Cantrell, Marc Combs, Donald Gibson, Joel Mills, Michael Morrison, Mike Morrison, Jack Powers, and Joe Sisson.

The family is at the home.

Memorials may be given to Morningside Baptist Church, 897 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 29302; Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 29303; or to the charity of one's choice.

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