Gertrude Cantrell Avery

Resident of Dahlonega

Mrs. Gertrude Cantrell Avery, age 88, of Dahlonega passed away Friday, December 14, 2018.

Mrs. Avery was born in Cornelia, GA on January 16, 1930 to the late Will and Leila Garrett Cantrell.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband George Avery, infant daughter Trudy Carol Avery, brother Charles Cantrell, sister Ann Rainwater, sister-in-law Ruth Cantrell, sister-in-law Beth Cantrell, and sister-in-law Virginia Avery. 

Gertrude and her husband founded Dahlonega Equipment and Supply Company in 1962 and she was involved with the day to day operations of the company until his passing in 1990. Gertrude truly was devoted to her family and to making everyone she met feel like family. She loved and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they affectionately called her “Mamaw.” Gertrude served on the Lumpkin County School board from 1976 to 1982 and was constantly involved in supporting activities and fund raisers in the community. She loved her church, Dahlonega Baptist, and helped to provide the land the current church building sits on today.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law JoAnn and Tom Rainey, Dahlonega; son and daughter-in-law Stacy and Tammy Avery, Dahlonega; grandchildren Jennifer Rainey, Christopher Rainey (Donna), Jessica Rudasill (Evan), Catherine Avery, and Caitlin Avery; great grandchildren Andrew Rainey and Zoe Avery Rudasill; brother James Cantrell, brother and sister-in-law Cammie and Pat Cantrell, sister Billie Cantrell, all of Dahlonega; brother-in-law Joe Avery, Sugar Hill;  several beloved nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  

Funeral services were held Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Dr. Bill Hutcheson officiated.  Interment followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

You may make contributions to Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega, GA 30533.

To share a memory of Gertrude or a condolence with the family visit

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega, formerly Banister Funeral Home.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 36,
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
Fax: 706-864-5812