Gregory Dean Cantrell, 55, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2004, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
He was a loving and devoted son, father, husband, and friend, exemplified living a life of Christian love. Greg was an elder in the Gladeville Presbyterian Church in Wise, where he also taught Sunday School and was a youth leader. He was employed as an oncology pharmacist at the Wellmont Southwest Regional Cancer Center in Norton. Greg received a B.A. degree from Clinch Valley College and taught school in Wise County for several years before entering Virginia Tech to further his studies in foreign languages, French, German, and Spanish. He also studied French at the American University of Paris. He received his pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and his juries doctor (J.D. law) degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. In addition to his work as a pharmacist at several health care institutions in Southwest Virginia, he taught pharmacology and law courses at Mountain Empire Community College and the University of Virginia College at Wise. He was a certified diabetes educator and was a volunteer instructor for diabetes education classes in Lee, Scott, Russell, and Wise Counties, as well as assisting many individually in understanding and managing their diabetes.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Cantrell. (born April 27, 1920 and died December 11, 1998, Pound, Wise County, Virginia; grandfather Joseph Reuben Cantrell born Dec. 23, 1888 died June 30, 1951, Pound, Wise County, Virginia; grandmother Louisa Adams born March 19, 1899 death April 1977, Pound, Wise County, Virginia; great grandfather Louis Cantrell born August 11, 1860, Virginia died June 27, 1939, buried in Dewey Memorial Cemetery, Wise County, Virginia and great grandmother Victoria Louisa Stallard born June 7, 1865, Wise County, Virginia and died November 28, 1955, buried in Dewey Memorial Cemetery, Wise County, Virginia.)
Surviving are his wife, Sue Cantrell; children, Airman 1st Class Stephen Christopher Cantrell of Whiteman AFB, Missouri, Emily Forrest Cantrell, David Julian Cantrell, and Daniel Gregory Cantrell all of Big Stone Gap; his mother, Edith Baker Cantrell of Pound; one brother Christopher Cantrell of Pound; lifelong friend, Frank Gentry of Big Stone Gap; and good friends , too many to count.
Funeral services for Gregory Dean Cantrell will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at the Gladeville Presbyterian Church in Wise, with the Rev. Will Gipe officiating. Burial will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Garden, Big Stone Gap. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Gladeville Presbyterian Church or to University of Virginia College at Wise, Attn. Tammy Ely, Greg Cantrell Memorial Scholarship Fund, for deserving local students seeking higher education at the University of Virginia at Wise. The family also requests if you have a “Greg story” to include in memoirs for his children, that you write it on a card and give at the church or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sturgill Funeral Homes in Wise is in charge of arrangement