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November 09, 2020


Barbara "Bobby" Boyd Cantrell

December 03, 1934 - November 07, 2020

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, Barbara (Bobby) Boyd Cantrell, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, made her final decent home to the Lord at the age of 85. She died peacefully in her sleep, at home with her loving husband of 69 years.

Barbara was born on December 3, 1934 to Dwight and Elizabeth Boyd. She passionately served her community for many years as an LPN with the Bogalusa Heart Study, from where she retired. On November 5, 1951, she married Marvin (Pot) Cantrell. They raised two children, Barbara Gayle, and Paul Douglas Cantrell.

Barbara was a talented artist, phenomenal cook, and skilled seamstress. She was known for her kind and compassionate spirit and greeted everyone with a loving smile. She was a devout Christian woman and long-time member of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa. She enjoyed serving her church family in many ways, but one of her fondest memories was serving alongside her husband as leader of the Royal Ambassadors for several years.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father and mother, Dwight and Elizabeth Boyd, her sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Rawls, and her daughter, Barbara Gayle Cantrell. She is survived by her husband, Marvin (Pot) Cantrell, her son, Paul Cantrell, and wife Jenny, her grandchildren, James Pierce, and wife Melissa, Richard Peirce, Ashley Boudreaux, and husband Brad, Megan Tykol, and husband Justin, Amanda, Julianne, and Dante Cantrell, her great-grandchildren, Arielle, Grace, and Paul Pierce, Jax and Wyatt Boudreaux, and Reid and Austin Tykol . She loved each and everyone “whole big ole’ bunches.”

A viewing and funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2020, at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home. The viewing will be held from 9-11 a.m., with funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Barbara will be buried at Ponemah Cemetery immediately following services.

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