James "Jimmy" Cantrell

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 20, 1947

Departed on July 26, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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James “Jimmy” Cantrell, age 72 of Nashville, TN, passed away Thursday, July 26th, 2019 at St. Thomas West surrounded by family. Jimmy was born in Chattanooga and raised in Nashville by his father and step-mother, Junior and Opal Cantrell. He attended Cohn High School where he met his first and only love, Cinda Smith.

He graduated from high school in 1966 and married Cinda the following year. Between 1967 and 1969, Jimmy was a soldier in the US Army and defended his country serving in the Vietnam war. Following his time served, he attended Aquinas College where he studied criminal justice leading him into a career serving his community with the Nashville Metro Police Department.

After starting a career, he and Cinda began their family having their first born, Wesley, in 1974. Ten years later, they were surprised with their daughter Cinda Kay. Jimmy’s life revolved around caring for his children. They were the light of his life and providing for them emotionally, spiritually, and monetarily was his soul purpose.

Next to caring for his children, Jimmy enjoyed spending his time with family and friends. His favorite place was his younger brother, Jeff’s shop. If not hanging out around the shop, he would choose to be out on the boat fishing. Above all else, he had a passion for cooking and food. He was well known by his family and friends for his abilities in the kitchen as he always cooked more than enough to go around. His love for food was evidence of his knowledge that food is what brings us all together and unites all people.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his Father, Clarence Cantrell Jr. and Mother, Marie Brown Loya; a stepmother, Opal Virginia Cantrell and a son-in-law, Mark Scott Kolemba.

He is survived by his wife, Cinda Smith; daughter, Cinda Kay Kolemba; son, James Wesley Cantrell (Steve Lapiska); brothers, Jerry Wayne Cantrell (Ann), Jeffrey Lane Cantrell (Penny); sister, Jennifer Lynn Brumley, and many nieces and nephews.

Jimmy was a pillar in his community and in the hearts of all who knew him.

15 Comments to James "Jimmy" Cantrell

  1. Cheryl Womack Uselton
    July 28, 2019 9:16 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God Bless you all my love and thoughts will be with each of you. Cheryl Womack Uselton

  2. Burton & Lena Jones
    July 28, 2019 9:38 am

    We are sorry about the passing of Jimmy. Good memories of his younger years. We remember you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Tracy Duffield Ferguson
    July 28, 2019 12:10 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Quigley family
    July 29, 2019 2:26 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss! Prayers to the family!

  5. Kay Sutton
    July 31, 2019 4:20 am

    So Sorry for your Loss Cinda and Family . I worked with Jimmy when I was a teenager at Dons Cee Bee . He was the meat man there . Prayers to you Cinda and Family .

  6. Mark McCLuskey
    July 31, 2019 10:29 am

    I knew Jimmy from the police Department. He was a great person ! He will be missed.

  7. Michael Bain
    July 31, 2019 10:49 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss my dear cousins. I loved looking at those pictures in the video. Loved both yalls parents and all you guys too. Prayers to you all.

  8. Stephanie Carden Gray
    July 31, 2019 2:22 pm

    I am so sad to hear of this. Jenny, I loved all the time we spent with Jimmy and Cinda as kids. I remember staying with them many times and always having so much fun there.

  9. Cecil, Sue Cantrell Hayes and Family
    July 31, 2019 9:55 pm

    We remember you in our thoughts and prayers. Jimmy was a blessing to our family and will be missed.

  10. Lynda Luna LeMay
    August 1, 2019 4:06 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family on this sad occasion.

  11. Michael L. Moss
    August 1, 2019 8:18 pm

    I worked with Jim at the old West Station, we spent many a night in a police car.A really fine police officer…R.I.P brother in blue..

  12. Rader Raymond
    August 1, 2019 11:49 pm

    He was the best of ud

  13. Cy Hill
    August 2, 2019 1:43 am

    Jimmy and I were MNPD partners back in the 70s and he was one that you could depend on. He was soft-spoken, but always backed you up…Good times! I’ll miss you, ole buddy! Prayers for you, Jimmy, and your great family.

  14. Walter Hughes
    August 2, 2019 9:55 pm

    Jimmy and I go back a long way. We went to the MNPD Academy together and loved serving our communities. Jimmy was a good man and will be missed. I have a lot of good memories of Jimmy as a Police Officer and as a dear friend. Always remember that Jimmy isd just a prayer away anytime you want to talk to him. R.I.P. my friend.

  15. Andrew Gluck
    August 7, 2019 7:24 pm

    RIP, Jimmy. Prayers for you and your family.

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