Mrs. Geneva Ralston Cantrell

Mrs. Geneva Ralston Cantrell, “Big Mama” to all who knew her and loved her, departed this life Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper after a brief illness. She was 96.

She was born in Gilmer County Jan. 16, 1921, to the late Josie Bearden and Covell Ralston.

She is preceded in death by husband of 51 1/2 years, Clinton R. Cantrell; daughter, Sybil Ellis Rogers; and sons-in-law, Gene Ellis, and Harold Rogers; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Rose Ralston, David and Martha Ralston, and Parks Ralston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Audrey Johnson, Irene and Kenneth Nicholson, Frank Pritchett and Lorene and Jim Weeks.

She is survived by devoted sons and daughters-in-law, Clark and Shirley H. Cantrell, of Ellijay, Randy and Beth Cantrell, of Florida and Eddie Cantrell, of Ellijay; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Joycene Pritchett, of Douglasville, Betty Jean James, of Chatsworth; and several nieces and nephews.

She worked at Apple Valley Center for many years and is still remembered with fondness by the many clients she worked with. She was an avid quilter, making many quilts for her family and friends. She won blue and red ribbons for her quilts at the county fair. She was a woman of many talents, a great seamstress, gardener and homemaker. She was a member of the River Hill Baptist Church for over 74 years. No one loved her church and church family more.

In 2016, she was voted queen of Gilmer County Nursing Home and represented them in the state contest.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, from the River Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Cantrell, the Rev. Daniel Hyatt and the Rev. Russell Hood officiating.

Music was by Shirley Suddeth, Leta Hood, Ronald and Linda Hyde and Angie Ringwalt.

Pallbearers were deacons of River Hill Baptist Church, Euel Southern, Phillip Davenport, William Stover, Jody Crump, Mark Autry, Lewis Cantrell, Robert Garrett and Roy Stover.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Condolences can be made at

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Times Courier

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