February 13, 1867 - July 3, 1944
|Rev. H. H. Cantley was born near Prescott, Arkansas, February 13, 1867. He died July 3, 1944, and was buried at Symrna, Texas. He married Miss Jim Pearl Mooney of near Waldo,
Arkansas, in 1889. They had ten children, all of whom are now living in Kansas, Arkansas,
Texas, and Louisiana. Mrs. Cantley now lives with one of her daughters at 2208 Line Ave., Shreveport, La.
Brother Cantley was a member of a large farm family where he learned early the fine art of honorable work. His was a Christian home, so he came to know the love of God for him and became a Christian. many years before he entered the ministry.
He joined the Louisiana Conference of the M. P. Church in 1915. He did missionary work for about fifteen years, during which time he met regular appointments at scheduled points and held many revival meetings. He was noted for his dependability in meeting his appointments, regardless of difficulties of weather or otherwise. In 1930 he was assigned to the Evergreen Circuit. In 1931 he went to the Winnfield Charge. In 1933 .he received severe burns from flaming gasoline which made it necessary for him to superannuate in 1935.
He was an inspiration to those who knew him, because of his jovial manner and his unswerving devotion to his work. He had great zeal for the cause of Christ, which was very much in evidence throughout his life, and especially during the period of his ministry. It was this zeal that sustained him during the years of his physical incapacity. He sat for long hours during the last years of his life, reading the Bible and singing Christian hymns.
Few men were devoted to the rural ministry any more than he was, and in this he was always supported by Mrs. Cantley. She was always willing and eager to do whatever was necessary to make his work suc-cessful and to sustain him in his difficulties.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 82, 1944 by F. H. Harrison.|