OBITUARY

David Alexander Cantrell

April 27, 1955March 2, 2021

David Alexander Cantrell, age 65, of Kingwood, Texas, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Oakhurst Golf Course, Kingwood. Surrounded by friends and doing what he loved, David had just hit a birdie on the first hole and another one on the 6th hole.

David studied Industrial Engineering at University of North Alabama and Industrial Engineering Technology at Southern Tech of Georgia. Straight out of university, David found his second family when he moved to Saudi Arabia and worked for Tradco Vulcan. David came back to the U.S for a short while where he met the love of his life, Renata (McCray) Cantrell and had a daughter, Alexandria Yost Cantrell. David promised a dear friend he would work 30 years for the Khalifa Algosaibi Group where he became the General Manager. As the President of the American Business Association, Eastern Province of Saudi Araba, David was a champion of U.S./Saudi Arabia business commerce.

David was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 27, 1955 as the fourth child of Reverend James Samuel Cantrell and Mary Ernestine (Williams) Cantrell.

David is survived by wife Renata; daughter Allie; brothers James S. (Linda) Cantrell, Jon Cantrell; sister Mary Eleanor (Richard) Trucks; nephews Rich (Jen) Trucks, Jim (Lindsay) Trucks, Trevor (Meredith) Cantrell; nieces Amalee Smith, Mary Rebekah Trucks, Laura Beth Trucks, Marlena Cantrell; mother-in-law Betty Yost McCray; sisters-in-law Susan (Ron) McCray-King, Cheryl (Pat) McLaren; brother-in-law James McCray; nephews Trinity King, Joshua McLaren, Luke McLaren, Tyler McCray, Matthew McCray, Chandler McCray; niece, Heather (Nick) McLaren Bolser.

David was preceded in death by his parents; sister Emily Smith; brother-in-law David Smith; sister-in-law Carmell Cantrell; father-in-law Rockford McCray; brother-in-law Kirk McCray; sister-in-law Sandy McCray.

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Barry Peters

March 18, 2021

I first met "Large" in 1996 during my first deployment to Saudi and remained connected ever since. He was a mentor, advisor and friend to many here in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain over several decades and an anchor in the American business community. Truly a Large-r than life personality and I will miss him terribly. RIP Big'un, you've left a Large hole in many hearts after your passing... gone too soon.

James Spain

March 18, 2021

I met David about 10-12 years ago through Big Whitey. It wasn't until the last few years that I really got to know David through our Radian Chemicals work with Al Gosaibi. David was an inspiration and always had a welcoming smile. When I wasn't in Saudi I looked forward to David visiting Kingwood where we could play golf and grab lunch. RIP big Dave. You will be missed dearly. Sincere condolences to his family.

Mary Kay Brinkman

March 17, 2021

Dave - RIP
I met Dave in Saudi back in 1997. Dave was a fun loving life person. I have fond memories of our many long talks as we walked our 3 laps around the soccer/softball field in Al Bustan. Dave loved his golf but more than that he loved his wife and daughter and would talk fondly of them often! Thanks for the memories Dave !!

Akbardeen Anwerdeen

March 14, 2021

RIP

FERNANDO "KYD" ESTERON

March 14, 2021

Dear Mam Renata and Allie,

The last words Sir Dave (as I call him) said to me before he went back home to USA is "see you when I see you". Hoping to see him again here in Saudi Arabia with high spirits as usual. But upon hearing the sad news of his passing, everybody here in the office felt saddened.

Sir Dave's being nice, friendly and happy personality will be missed.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family.

Rest in Peace Sir Dave.

Sincerely,

Fernando "Kyd" V. Esteron

FERNANDO "KYD" ESTERON

March 14, 2021

Dear Mam Renata and Allie,

The last words Sir Dave (as I call him) said to me before he went back home to USA is "see you when I see you". Hoping to see him again here in Saudi Arabia with high spirits as usual. But upon hearing the sad news of his passing, everybody here in the office felt saddened.

Sir Dave's being nice, friendly and happy personality will be missed.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family.

Rest in Peace Sir Dave.

Sincerely,

Fernando "Kyd" V. Esteron

sabine algosaibi

March 14, 2021

So shocked and sad to hear the news.
I met Dave in 1982 in Khobar. Sami, my late husband, was friends with him. We had a grand old time!!!!
Later he came to us and excitedly told us of his new love Renata, and that he would bring her along to Saudi.
I was thrilled, a new friend.
Eventually our children played together and they also came to visit us in Austria.
I know Dave on many different levels. He was always kind and open and just a very sweet man to know. He helped my daughter in the USA when she moved there and basically always was a true friend. We will miss him dearly.
Sending healing love to Renata and Alie.

Ian Van der Heever

March 13, 2021

Dave was my mentor and a great friend. When I first met him, he called me boy and that was my name ever since. When he came to SA to visit he used to always complain about this 'goddamn bird' that looked like a huge pigeon that would make the most horrific noise early every morning (we know it as a hadeda) which would always make us laugh. We will miss him dearly and send our love to Renata and Allie...we hold you in our thoughts and prayers...Ian and Tammy

Roger Baguskas

March 12, 2021

My first encounter with Dave was in 1979 at my house at the Aramco compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I had a party jointly with a couple of Aramco dentists and during the evening I noticed an extremely tall guy walking through the front door and joining the party. It was Dave! Over the years, there were many joyful memories of experiences together. May he RIP! And may Renata and Allie be comforted by their memories of such a wonderful husband and father.

Marianne Cass

March 12, 2021

I met David and Renata in Al Khobar living on the same compound, sharing the facilities and celebrating international activities. From the other side of the ocean we have continued following each other’s lives. Sadly I lost my husband 18 years ago and on 2/25 Renate wrote on our picture ‘you were so much in love’ without knowing what was lying ahead of her less than a week later.

David & Renata were so much in love, the gentle giant, the kindness radiating from him. The love for his daughter Allie. She used to look so tiny in his giant gentle embrace.

These events are full of such sadness, but in the end when you have lived a life in the image of the Lord you will continue to live on in the hearts of those you touched. Rest in Peace David and in the time ahead we will support Renata & Allie with our love. I will remember you as the man so much in love with your beautiful family. May God bless you all

FROM THE FAMILY