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File #: RS2021-889    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/12/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action: 4/20/2021
Title: A Resolution honoring and congratulating Edith Cavender Cantrell on the celebration of her 100th birthday.
Sponsors: Jeff Syracuse, Larry Hagar, Zulfat Suara
A Resolution honoring and congratulating Edith Cavender Cantrell on the celebration of her 100th birthday.

WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this legislative body should pay tribute to those citizens who are celebrating special occasions in their estimable lives; and
WHEREAS, Edith Cavender Cantrell will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 9, 2021, a milestone that will be commemorated as yet another precious souvenir of life's rich pageant; and
WHEREAS, in early childhood, Mrs. Cantrell relocated briefly to Texas with her parents, Henry and Emma Cavender, and her siblings; upon returning to Tennessee, the family made a home in Nashville; and
WHEREAS, a graduate of Central High School, Edith Cantrell worked at several Nashville businesses, including May Hosiery Mill and Kress Department Store before going to work for AVCO during World War II; and
WHEREAS, on May 6, 1944, she was joined in holy matrimony with James Edward Cantrell in Providence, Rhode Island, while he served as a Seabee in the United States Navy; a carpenter by trade, Mr. Cantrell built their family home in Donelson, Tennessee, in 1950, and they shared fifty-two years of companionship until the time of his passing; and
WHEREAS, the proud mother of four children, Mike, Gary, Valeria, and Gwen, Mrs. Cantrell went to work part time for Sears when her children were older; though she retired from Sears, she returned to part-time retail work several years later at Castner Knott at Harding Mall; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Cantrell is the devoted grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Edith Cantrell has been a faithfully devoted member of Donelson Church of Christ since the early 1950s; prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she attended church every Sunday and Wednesday and served at the church's benevolence house; and
WHEREAS, as Edith Cantrell enters her eleventh decade, she is still an active and productive member of society; she still resides in t...

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