Descendants of Waddie Thomas Cantrell and Lillian Davidson Cantrell gathered once again for the group’s annual reunion that took place on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Cedartown Women’s Building on Wissahickon Avenue.
Approximately 67 descendants from across the country gathered to catch up, share stories, and spend time together. Travelers came from all over the country, and included Rhonda Duncan who visited from Hixson, Tennessee, Martin and Nancy Thompson who traveled from Adrian, Missouri, and Bonnie Kelley who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee. Chris, Sierra and Colt Cantrell also came from Scottsdale, Arizona.
By noon the dedicated bunch of descendants were gathered around the fireplace and taking the annual family portrait before family member Sammy White read a bible scripture and spoke to the family, and blessed the food.
The family lunch was followed by Janice and Sammy White addressing the passing of family members Lynn Cantrell Smith and longtime friend Bruce Hackney.
The family mourned the loss but followed up with a more positive note by sharing updates about their life and current happenings. Jackson Long enjoyed giving out door prizes with Sammy White almost as much as the group enjoyed the walk to Cedartown’s Big Springs, which some of the family members had not done in years.
A good time was had by all, but the Cantrells had to part ways until next year.
Waddie and Lillian lived in Cedartown as early as 1800 where Waddie ran a cotton gin. The descendants have stayed committed to the family’s lineage for decades upon decades.
Out of Towners:
Connie Rimes- Mableton, Georgia.
Rhonda Guncan- Hixson, Tennesee.
Fred And Regina Prewett – Cartersville, Georgia.
Norris And JoAnn Collier- Huntsville, Alabama.
Chris, Sierra, and Colt Cantrell- Scottsdale, Georgia.
Steve and Kathy Lovingood- Kennesaw, Georgia.
Francis Brooks- Lafayette, Georgia.
Howand Coller- Rome, Georgia.
Martin and Nancy Thompson- Adrian, Missouri.
Jennifer Thomspon Barr- Monroe, Georgia.
Dempsey and Paulette Long- Carrollton, Georgia.
Craig, Angie, Braedon, and Jaxon Long- Breman, Georgia.
Chris and Sandy New – Douglasville, Georgia.
Porter Cantrell- Nashville, Tennesee
Bonnie Kelly- Nashville, Tennesee
Karl Vollmer- Kennesaw, Georgia.
Deborah, Spenser, and Kyle Vollmer- Kennesaw, Georgia.
Cedartown Family Members:
Marty, Miranda, Mirista, Mikia, Waylong, Mikayline, and Marty Berins.
Bernie Cantrell Mitchell
Estelle Cantrell Chanton
Judon and Bunda Baldwin
Todd and Beth White
Brooklyn, Brandon, and Halee
Joe Cantrell Jr.
Tom and Elaine Cantrell
Denise and Tristen Wallace
Sammy and Janice White
Gary and Darlene Smoak