Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1957 RJC

Jerry Cantrell JERRY DON CANTRELL, 78, of Sherman, TX passed away June 28, 2016. Jerry was born March 19, 1938 in Pampa, TX to the late O.L. & Sara Browder Cantrell. He moved to Ranger, TX in 1943 and graduated from Ranger High School in 1957 and was a member of the 1953 Bulldog State Football Champs. He graduated from Sul Ross University in Alpine in 1962. He later earned his Masters Degree from East Texas State University. In June of 1963, he married Jane Phillips in Vernon, TX. Jerry began his football coaching career in McCamey, TX where he met his future wife Jane. He would go on to coach high school football in Lewisville, Longview, and Bowie before settling in Sherman where he served as the defensive coordinator at Sherman High School with Tommy Hudspeth from 1971-1978. One of the high- lights of his coaching career was being invited to coach the Texas High School All-Star game in 1977 in the Cotton Bowl. Jerry was a longtime member of the Texas High School Coaches Association. In 1979, Coach Cantrell began coaching as an assistant at Austin College & won the NAIA Division II National Champion- ship before retiring from coaching in 1982. In retirement, Jerry worked as an insurance agent for Horace Mann Ins, owned Texoma Driving School from 1994 to the present, and co-owned Carriage House Antiques with his wife Jane. He and Jane enjoyed spending time in their Colorado home & watching their grandchildren at their sporting events. He attended First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and was a regular at the Sunset Dairy Queen 10:00 Coffee Club. Jerry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, & grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane of Sherman; two sons, Jeff Cantrell & wife Carolyn of Frisco & Jerel Cantrell of Dallas; five grandchildren, Cole, Ryan, Jacob, Jackson, and Elizabeth; sister, Diane Cantrell Henderson (RHS-1961) & husband John of Lewisville; sister-in-law, Martha Cantrell of Sugarland; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jimmy Cantrell (RHS-1953).