Lena Rosette Cantrell, fondly known as “Dinky”, left this world on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, at the age of 50. Born on December 30, 1973, in Asheville, North Carolina, Lena was a resident of Penrose, North Carolina.
Throughout her life, Lena worked diligently for General Electric, dedicating 15 years to her profession. But it was her time spent outside of work that truly defined her. Lena had a zest for life and pursued her interests with passion and enthusiasm. Softball, roller skating, and driving cars were among her favorite pastimes, but nothing brought her greater joy than playing with her cherished grandchildren.
Lena’s faith was a member of Barker Heights Baptist Church. She also maintained strong ties with her alma mater, East High School, where she formed lifelong friendships and cherished memories.
Lena was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Cantrell, Sr.
Surviving Lena is her daughter, Arrion Riggins (Eddie Riggins II); and son, Arron Sutton (Catie Sutton). She also leaves behind four adored grandchildren, Dylan, Wyatt, Maura, and AJ. Lena is survived by her sister, Joanna Culver, and brothers, Gary Dunn and Clarence Cantrell, Jr. She will be dearly missed by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, Christina and Jessica; and all those who were fortunate enough to call her a friend.
On Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., friends and family will gather at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery for a graveside service to honor and remember Lena. Her presence will forever be missed, but her spirit will live on through the love and memories shared by those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Lena Rosette Cantrell, known as “Dinky” to those closest to her, brought light and joy into the world. Her warm smile, loving nature, and enthusiasm for life will continue to inspire us all. Though our hearts ache with her loss, let us celebrate her remarkable journey and the impact she made during her time with us.