Charles Fate Cantrell, the son of the late James Newt and Mattie Semino Cantrell, was born in New Madrid County on Nov. 30, 1941, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at the age of 61. Mr. Cantrell had lived in Arkansas before moving to Dexter in 1988. He had been employed by Bush's Canning in Blytheville, Ark., and had worked as a farm laborer. On March 3, 1978, he was married to Melba Carpenter in Dexter. Surviving are his wife, Melba Cantrell of Dexter; six sons, James Dale Cantrell of Jonesboro, Ark., William Dewayne Cantrell of Leachville, Ark., Bobby Newt Cantrell of Malden, Charles Edward Cantrell of Advance, Jasper Cantrell and Charles Brandon Cantrell, both of Dexter; five daughters, Mary Conner of Sikeston, Christine Cantrell of Dexter; Marsha Conner of Clarkton, Brittany Santana Cantrell and Brooke Ann Cantrell, both of Dexter; 26 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Cantrell of Apopka, Fla.; and two sisters, Bonnie Stitz of Dexter and Cathy Eubanks of Eureka. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leamon, Junior, Leon and Gene Cantrell; three sisters, Norma Barnett, Collean Burchett and Barbara Brant; one son, Danny Cantrell; and one daughter, Doris Gibbs. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Bro. Jerry Metcalf of Puxico officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.