James Elmer Cantrell
21 July, 1958 – 11 October, 2021
James Elmer Cantrell, age 63, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 in St. Mary’s Hospice surrounded by his loving family.
James was born in Beckley, WV on July 21, 1958 to the late Robert and Juanita (Birchfield) Cantrell and grew up in West Virginia and Ohio. In 1976, he graduated from Brunswick High School, in Ohio and then began his career in the United States Air Force, where he became a munitions expert and later served as a recruiter. He retired from the Air Force with 20 years of service, obtaining the rank of Tech Sergeant (E7) and went on to become an entrepreneur. Family, God and Country were always his priorities.
James enjoyed watching Abbot and Costello and Jerry Lewis television programs and telling jokes at family get-togethers. He also enjoyed listening to “Oldies Music” and any music by Elvis. He also enjoyed model building and collecting coins, but the thing he enjoyed most was being a family man and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, his paternal grandparents, Heman and Irene (Addis) Cantrell; his maternal grandparents, Leonard W. and Lula V. (Hill) Birchfield; and his adoptive grandmother, Ruth Addis, preceded him in death.
James is survived by his wife, Yong Suk Cantrell; children, Juanina Kocher and her husband, Ryan; Angelina Cantrell and her husband, Jonathon Streetman; grandchildren, Kye Streetman, Aerie Streetman and Tristan Kocher; siblings, Joseph D. Cantrell and his wife, Helen; Robert A. Cantrell and his wife, Yolanda; Sharon R. Cantrell and her partner, Dave; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Georgia National Cemetery, in Canton, GA. A lunch gathering will be held immediately after the service at 12:30pm at Goin Coastal 125 W Main St, Canton, GA 30114.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Wednesday, 10 November , 2021
James Elmer Cantrell
12 November 2021
Well my brother? We have sent you on your journey to a better place now. How appropriate and befitting it was to have your tribute on the eve of Veterans day. What a beautiful day it was Jimmy. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and it was the bluest of blue skies, your favorite color. Autumn was in the air, and the USAF paid you a tribute so deserving of a veteran and patriot of the country you loved so dearly. It made us all so very proud. You would have been so pleased.
You’re up there now with Mom, Dad, Grandma Ruth, and so many other loved ones that have left us behind. I’m sure you guys are all embracing each other and just having a grand o’l time. You were such a good husband, father, grandpa, and brother. Just a good decent man, and I am so very honored to have called you my brother.
Unfortunately, for me I just couldn’t get any words out of my mouth to publicly convey my love for you the other day. One of the first times in my life I was at a total loss for words. Even though I had time to prepare for you leaving us, I took this one pretty hard my brother. I hope you understand.
You fought so gallantly till the bitter end. You fought without complaint, without self-pity, and you knew that God somehow had a plan for you. I am so grateful for the conversations we had together when I spent time with you through the Chemo and hospital stays that I shared with you. I thank God so very much for giving me that time with you.
I remember sitting there looking at you lying in bed, and thinking to myself how incredibly courageous you were. How stoic you were even with all the prodding and poking going on, and all the lines of meds and other things hooked up to your body. You were the bravest of the brave, and the epitome of what it means to be a good and decent soul while here on this earth.
I love you with all my heart my brother, and I will miss you so very much. We will all miss you. Rest in Peace Jimmy. See you one day. Your big bro, Joe…♥️
Jerry& Linda Kocher
8 November 2021
We met Jim when he and Yong came to NYC to “check us out” after Ryan proposed to Juanina.
How could we not like this guy? Their 11th anniversary just came and went recently and we feel like we lost a dear friend. Tho’ we didn’t spend a great deal of time together we always knew what to expect from this kind man. A good and robust human being whom we will miss greatly. Rest in Peace.
21 October 2021
My sweet little brother (youngest of 3 boys) I loved all the acting we did as kids especially liberty valance lol . Loved all our conversations, our love for Elvis music, love for playing cards and family . Blessed to have spent the year with you at stone saver . You fought hard like Jeff and now you rest as we will have another day . Breaks our hearts BUT we are selfish we just want you around . Kiss and hug mommy, dad , hubby Jeff, jimbob,, Susan, and all the rest . You will be soooo missed just … UGH ❤️😢🙏❤️😢🙏🙏🙏
20 October 2021
My dear cousin Jimmy. I will never forget as young kids we would draw portraits of each other and hold contests to see which was best . (In all truth, they were pretty terrible). But we enjoyed them all the same. We would take a lot of walks together down the stteets of Cleveland (not a wise idea), but we were always laughing and having fun. We kind of lost touch over the years, but I always made sure I kept up with your life, your beautiful wife and children. Jimmy was one of the most honorable men I have ever known. He loved God, his country, and his family. You can't get any better than that. Fly with the angels now Jimmy, I love you, and I will see you one day. Peace be with you and your beaitiful family.
20 October 2021
Jim was my office partner as an Air Force recruiter in Athens, Ga. Jim quickly became a good friend and a part of my Air Force family. He was always there when I needed help. I dont think I would have made it without him. He will be truly missed. Gone way to soon, old friend.
19 October 2021
I remember Jim as a kid in the neighborhood growing up. He was a nice guy as all the guys from the old neighborhood was. We sure had fun growing up.
13 October 2021
Jim and I went to school together. After graduation, I moved to Blytheville Arkansas after Jim encouraged me. I ended up living with Jim and his wife Nina. He was such a great friend to me. Thanks for the good times and great memories.