Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

David Eugene “Gene” Cantrell, age 56

David Eugene “Gene” Cantrell, 56, of Beebe, passed away on November 2, 2020.  He was born in San Francisco, California on February 28, 1964 to the late Lester G. and Rosemary (Dodson) Cantrell

He was a man of many nicknames and loved to hunt and fish.  He was a collector of antiques and always made sure to look for them. He worked at Welspun, Inc., in Little Rock, Arkansas and loved his job and the people he worked with and they loved him.  He had a heart of gold and would always find the time to help anyone in need. He volunteered at Hidden Creek Re-entry, Healing Waters Food Pantry and with many other organizations. He struggled with addiction, but no matter his struggles, he always found time for those he loved.  He loved his family and made sure that they knew of his love.

He is preceded in death by his sister Dorene “Bug” Gordon, and half-brother Earl Cassingham, Jr.

Gene leaves behind his loving sisters, Lucy Worm (Terry) of Greenbriar, Arkansas, Jo Kelley (Lynn) of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Chris Worthey (Wendell) of Conway, Arkansas, Icy May Lumpkin (Donnie) of Butlerville, Arkansas and half-sister Rose Dunser of Kansas; his brother Joe (mostly known as “JL”) Cantrell (Julie) of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 3:00 PM at Cabot Community Pond, 1881 Kerr Station Road, Pavilion B (behind the pond), Cabot, Arkansas.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Vickie Gillespie Posted November 12, 2020 11:28 AM

    Cantrell family – I am so sorry for your loss. I adored Gene.

    I have two stories for you.
    When I was attending UCA, Boo (Linda Johnson) and I were driving back to Beebe. We had stopped at a red light on Harkrider and all of a sudden someone knocked on Boo’s window. He scared her pretty badly. He was wanting a ride back to Beebe. Of course, we gave him one.

    My brothers played baseball with Gene. I told William about his passing this past weekend. William said that there were many talented players on the field but Gene was one of three that he felt had enough natural talent he could have gone pro.

    I’ll be praying for peace and comfort and strength as you say your final goodbyes. I hope you find comfort and joy in your memories!

  • Kimberly Fowler Posted November 12, 2020 12:01 PM

    My prayers are with you all. Gene was a good friend in high school. He definitely had a big heart. My God comfort each you in the days to come.

  • Linda Kelley Dachenhaus Posted November 12, 2020 1:36 PM

    With sincere sympathy and deep sadness for the families loss.

  • Sonya Couch Posted November 12, 2020 4:43 PM

    Gene and I and another friend decided to go hit all the garage sales in Conway one Saturday. We had a blast. Got tons of great buys and had a flat in the process but had a ball. Always had fun when I was with Gene. Sure do miss my friend. God speed my friend. Praying for your family.

  • Elena Deleon Bosley Posted November 13, 2020 12:18 AM

    Gene was a good hearted man and I will miss him dearly

  • Linda Kinder Posted November 13, 2020 8:42 AM

    Prayers of healing for the family. Sorry for your loss. Class of 82 lost a friend.

  • Marqueta Guntharp Posted November 13, 2020 11:25 AM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Gene from school. May God bless and guide you all during this difficult time.

  • Chuck Thompson Posted November 13, 2020 6:41 PM

    My dear friend Gene. Prayers and condolences for all the friends and family. Gene was one of my best friends in school, unfortunately lost touch over the years. RIP buddy.

  • Christina Leigh Thompson Posted November 13, 2020 7:19 PM

    Heaven got a good one. Gene was a awesome friend and will be missed

    • Kelly InmateAdvocate Posted November 16, 2020 12:01 PM

      I never knew gene on a personal level but I know for a fact that he was a good person I’ve seen him give his assistance to the elderly an help ladies that are having difficulties so I’m hoping he was saved so he is in forever peace ! God loves you Gene Cantrell you will be missed by many !

  • Andrew Posted November 14, 2020 9:27 AM

    I worked with Gene at Welspun. He had the best work Ethic of anyone I’ve worked with. He would help anyone and would always go the extra mile. He was well liked and respected by everyone that worked with him. He was always smiling and was strong as could be. He will be missed.

  • Rodney Kooiman Posted November 14, 2020 12:53 PM

    Praying for the family. Lots of childhood memories with Gene

  • Eric Halbrook Posted November 15, 2020 5:33 PM

    Dave I miss you homey

  • M3G P3@rSoN Posted November 15, 2020 10:15 PM

    Im so srry for friends n family… Hes very very alsome person!!! Ive ever met… Very loved. He would jump if i wanted or needed him i luv u God b with u Sweet heart. U will b missed very much. MeG. Ilu Gene?!!!!!!!!! <3

  • Mark and Katrina Hinze Posted November 17, 2020 10:14 AM

    Gene will be forever missed he was definitely one of a kind!!RIL

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