Whitesburg KY

Funeral held for inmate who died after falling ill

Funeral services were held this week for a Letcher County Jail inmate who died in the Whitesburg hospital emergency room.

Terry Christley “Chris” Cantrell Jr., 55, was pronounced dead by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker at 5:05 p.m. on April 21.

Kentucky State Police say Cantrell, who was in and out of consciousness and vomiting, was transported to the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital Saturday. KSP received a 911 call from the jail requesting an ambulance at about 4:30 p.m. on April 21.

Baker said Cantrell had been taken to the hospital from the jail in the middle of the night and had been discharged from the hospital Saturday morning. Cantrell had complained of dizziness and stomach pains, according to the KSP.

An autopsy was performed in Frankfort. An investigation into Cantrell’s death is continuing by KSP Det. Randy Combs.

Cantrell was serving time in jail after pleading guilty to firstdegree trafficking in the controlled substance oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller. He had been in jail since April 4 and was to serve 100 days.

Cantrell, a lifelong resident of the Jenkins area, had worked as a heavy equipment operator in strip mining and other industries. He had coached elementary school football and basketball, and was a big fan of University of Kentucky athletics.

Cantrell was of the Old Regular Baptist faith.

Cantrell was preceded in death by his father, Terry Christly Cantrell Sr., and a brother, Kyle Edward Cantrell.

Surviving are his mother, Carol Greer Cantrell, of Burdine; a daughter, Kristen Cantrell, of Norton, Va.; a son, Terry Christley “Trey” Cantrell III, of Norton, Va.; a granddaughter, Alyssa Hurley; and a sister, Toni Jo Salyer of Wise, Va.

Funeral services were held April 24 at Polly & Craft Funeral Home in Jenkins. Burial followed in the Greer family cemetery.

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