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Margaret Johnson Cantrell, 91, of Brasstown died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at her residence. She was a native of Cherokee County, but had lived in Clay County most of her life. For 26 years, she was owner and operator of Margaret’s Beauty Shop in Murphy. Margaret was a homemaker. She was a member of the Murphy First United Methodist Church. Margaret was a loving mother and friend to all. She loved to cook for anyone who came by the house.


She was the daughter of the late V.M. and Julia Howell Johnson and she was preceded in death by a loving step-mother, Mae Keener Johnson. She was the wife of the late John Edward Cantrell, who died October 6, 2000. Her great granddaughter, Airanne McGrath, her sister, Louise Hammock, and her son-in-law, Hugh Ellison, also preceded her in death.


Surviving are two daughters, Mary Payne and husband, Vic of Brasstown, and Judy Ellison of Lawrenceville, GA; two sons, Ed Cantrell and wife, Sheila of Hayesville, and Melvin Cantrell and wife, Kathy of Brasstown; a brother, McKinley Johnson and wife, Muriel of Berlin, NJ; and ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.


Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 5 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Rev. Dallas Crowder officiating. Interment was in Hickory Stand United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dwayne Cantrell, Clay Logan, Michael Robinson, Vic Davis, Phillip Rickett, and Robbie McGrath.


The family received friends from 6-8 Friday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville.


The family requests memorials be made in memory of Margaret Johnson Cantrell to the Hickory Stand United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ida Timpson, PO Box 136, Brasstown, NC 28902.


Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

#19 Gail Holden 2013-10-08 10:16
Melvin & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God's peace and comfort that only He can give.
#18 Faye Wilcox Ledford 2013-10-05 12:56
My love, thoughts and prayers go to all the Cantrell family.
Judy and I have been friends for many, many years and may God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
#17 kelly 2013-10-04 20:11
mary my thoughts and prayers to you. the Lord gives us great people but there comes a time he needs them back.. sweet Margaret surely is rocking sweet airanne, in the arms of her greatgrandmothe r for eternity. things are hard right now but you have all those memories she has left you. so everything will be just fine....... love ya
#16 Brenda & Bruce Black 2013-10-04 17:05

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts as you go through these difficult times following the death of your dear mother. May your memories of her bring you peace and comfort.
#15 David Hyatt 2013-10-04 13:07
much love to all
#14 Daren & Missy Osborn 2013-10-04 11:47
Melvin ,Kathy & family you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with comfort.
#13 Sarah Massey 2013-10-04 10:50
My family was very close to Margaret when I was growing up in Murphy. She will be missed by many.
Love and condolences from Bea Massey in White Pine, TN also.
God bless and comfort you all
#12 mary cowart 2013-10-03 20:51
I am sorry for the loss briana I know she will be missed and will be in a better place
#11 Emmett Thompson 2013-10-03 19:44
Melvin and family hate to hear of your loss.May God take her and take care her now.she is happy.
#10 Nina Chastain 2013-10-03 18:58
My condolences go out to the Cantrell Family . I have known her since I was in first grade with her daughter, Judy . My sympathies are with you all and praying for God to give Peace and Comfort to all the family.
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