Mrs. Thelma Jean Cantrell, 80

Thelma Jean Cantrell, affectionately known as Madame Butterfly, was born on April 1, 1940 to the late William Randolph and Bessie Randolph Payne and departed this life on October 26th at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

She leaves to mourn her devoted husband of 58 years, Wilburn Cantrell; 4 sons, Derrick Cornelius Cantrell with Stephany (wife), Erynn Lynn Cantrell, Amesha Celeste Cantrell (daughters) and Derrick C. Cantrell, Jr.,with Beth (wife), Robert Richard Cantrell, Timothy Eugene Cantrell (deceased) and Wilburn Maurice Cantrell with Jonna (wife), Triston Maurice Cantrell, Keymon R. Jackson, Gabriel Hester (sons) and Hannah Hester (daughter). She also leaves four great- grandchildren; her sister, Jewerell Blackwell; goddaughter, Kathy Lightfoot; special cousins, Sharon and Blake Samuels, niece, Thalia Blackwell; special chosen sons, Bud Whelchel, Quinn Seay, Juan McAlister, and Jeffrey Fields; special friends: Margie Thomas, Lacrese Hilson, Sylvia Earls, Wynonia Moss. As well as special family friends, Jock and Joyce Horner and her God mother Ora Faye Ramsey. She also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends.

Thelma Jean Cantrell attended Fair Street School where she played the drums in the Fair Street High School Marching Band and was on the Basketball team. She loved caring for children at the Kiddie Campus and in her home.

She was an active member of St. John Baptist Church where she was a very competitive April Club Captain striving to always raise more money than the other month captains. She was the Angelic Voices Choir Treasurer, Deacon’s Wives, a Sunday school teacher, and on the Trustee Committee. She was also actively involved in monthly luncheons with classmates from Fair Street School.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Rev. Stephen Samuel will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Beverly N. Gilmer 2020-10-27 20:01:10
My hear aches to hear of the passing of such a beautiful soul. I still have those memories of our first meet and the conversations and laughter we shared. Although it’s been years ago and miles between us. You were never forgotten. Rest In Peace. My deepest and sincere sympathy to the family.
Dr. Marcellus Barksdale 2020-10-28 01:20:34
My sincere condolences to Mr. Wilburn Cantrell and the entire family of Mrs. Thelma Jean Cantrell. I remember her fondly.
Kimberly Bryant 2020-10-28 01:44:27
Sending my prayers and heartfelt condolences to the Cantrell family. Jean was like a second mother to me. A beautiful person inside and out. You are now safe in the Master's arms....
Charles W. Shelby 2020-10-28 08:54:49
To the Cantrell Family, I met Mrs. Cantrell when Robert and I became friends at Knoxville College. I found her to be a beautiful Christian woman. I extend to you my condolences as I send up prayers of comfort. May God bless the memory of Mrs. Cantrell.
Joyce and George Rucker 2020-10-28 18:07:09
We are thinking of you all and praying for your family. May you feel the presence of god during this time. Much love.
Pamela Jackson 2020-10-28 18:40:25
My deepest condolences thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire family💔
Mrs. Juanita Hawks and Family 2020-10-28 20:44:04
Our sincere condolences and sympathy to Mr. Wilburn Cantrell and the entire family. Praying that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you through the pain.
Star Johnson 2020-10-28 20:45:57
MY deepest Condolences to Mrs Jean Cantrell family will be truly missed Thelma you were a beautiful person I love your smile ,your sense of humor your dedication to your family rest in peace my love.
Hawks Family 2020-10-28 20:45:59
Our sincere condolences and sympathy to Mr. Wilburn Cantrell and the entire family. Praying that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you through the pain.
Chunk Sims 2020-10-28 21:29:37
My thoughts and prayers for the family. Stay Strong. Chunk
April 2020-10-29 06:32:44
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mom was a beautiful lady inside and out. April
Robin L Tanner 2020-10-29 14:26:29
Our condolences to the Family, during their time bereavement. The Tanner Family Gainesville Ga
Patricia Jenkins Devoe 2020-10-29 14:35:59
My prayers are flowing all day for your family. My heart is filled with memories and I will always thank GOD for the good people HE placed in my life. May HIS love forever cover you all.
Rick Gadbois DDS 2020-10-29 16:11:08
All of us at the Cantrel’s dental office send our condolences! We already miss Jean’s gentle and pleasant visits .
Don Painter 2020-10-30 09:56:57
Derrick, thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Don Painter 2020-10-30 09:58:52
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Louise Randolph 2020-10-30 12:19:44
My.confidences to the family of jean.Cantrell you will be missed.
Lynn Leverette 2020-10-30 18:56:19
Sending prayers and condolences to my beautiful family. May God strength and comfort you during this time of sorrow.
Edward Render 2020-11-01 20:37:00
My Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Mrs. Cantrell was love by everyone and she will be missed.
Charlene Harper 2020-11-02 08:02:21
I will never forget how kind Mrs.Cantrell was to me and my family. May God give her eternal rest and the family the strength to endure during this time.
Richard & Bobbie Meadows 2020-11-02 16:42:08
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cantrell family during these difficult times. Jean would not want you to shed a tear, she would want you to laugh, " Knowing that she is in the arms of God. Surrounded by Butterflies and Angels."
Tena Sewell 2020-11-04 19:48:30
My sincere condolences to the Cantrell family.
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