Jordan Nichole Cantrell, 28, of Lamar, passed away on Nov. 24, 2017, in El Dorado Springs.

Jordan was born in El Dorado Springs to Charles and Tina Cantrell on July 14, 1989. She went to preschool and kindergarten at El Dorado Springs Christian School. She attended El Dorado Springs Public School from 1st grade until she graduated high school.

Upon graduation, Jordan attended Missouri Southern State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, her dream job. She spent the next five and a half years teaching and impacting the lives of first graders whom she lovingly called her firsties at Lamar East Primary School.

Jordan knew at the young age of eight years old that she wanted to be a teacher. She knew her calling and wanted to be a light for Christ in the classroom. One word that would describe Jordan would be “warrior.” She was a warrior for Jesus. Her goal was to live her life in such a way that everyone would see Jesus in her and come to know Him.

Jordan was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Dwayne Cantrell.

Jordan is survived by her parents, Charles and Tina (Hamilton) Cantrell; her brother, Tyler Cantrell, and his fiancé, Bre McCracken; maternal grandparents, Sam Hamilton and Diana Hamilton; paternal grandparents, Steve and Glenda Thomas; aunts and uncles, Tonya and Mitch Bush and Tasha and Gabe Wilson; cousins, Bailey and Cody Janes, Erin and Blake Rhone, Rachel Bush, Tailor Hutsell, Kaden Hutsell and Kylie Hutsell; a nephew, Mitchum Janes, and a niece, Cara Janes; and many family, friends and firsties.

Family asks that donations go to Simmons Bank to the Jordan Nichole Cantrell Elementary Education Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded to seniors from El Dorado Springs High School and Lamar High school who plan to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Services were held Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Church of God (Holiness) El Dorado Springs, with Rev. Joe Trussell and Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Eulogist was Bailey Janes. Music: “I Can Only Imagine,” Tim Wilson; “It Is Well,” Sydney Dougherty and “I Am Not Alone,” Faith Schweizer.

Pallbearers were Cody Janes, Blake Rhone, Michael Thomason,  Nick Carter, Cody Simpson and Corey Ketchum.

Interment was in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.

“And we that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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