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Rheta H. Cartmell

January 15, 1934 - August 28, 2021


Nichols, New York

Date of Death:

August 28, 2021



Birth Date:

January 15, 1934

Birth Place:

Lucedale, Mississippi

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Rheta H. Cartmell

Rheta (Howell) Cartmell

In Loving Memory

1934 – 2021


Rheta rejoined her loving husband Bill Cartmell in the kingdom of our Lord on August 28, 2021. Bill and Rheta shared 63 years of marriage until his 2016 passing, and they will once again walk hand-in-hand in loving peace. 

She is survived by her son, Jim Cartmell; daughter, Patty (Cartmell) Jeavons; son-in-law, Tom Jeavons; grandchildren, Kelley (Jeavons) Rogers, Mark Rogers, Jessica Jeavons, Christian Diaz, the light of her life, great granddaughter, Ada Diaz-Jeavons; and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Rheta is also survived by brother, Ben Howell; sister, Betty (Howell) Walley and Joe Walley in addition to brothers and sisters-in-law, John Elder, Anne (Cartmell) Elder, David Cartmell and June Cartmell, 

She is predeceased by her mother and father, George Howell and Melna (McLemore) Howell, brother Winston Howell, and brother-in-law Donald Cartmell. 

Rheta was born and raised in George County, Mississippi and met Bill while they were attending college at Ole Miss. They married and began, what she described as, a wonder life of “rearing children” and tending to her family. 

Once her children got a little older, Rheta returned to school and earned a Batchelor of Science degree from Harper College. She often spoke of how much she enjoyed her work as a teaching/lab assistant while going to school. 

Rheta was a founding member of the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame and served as its first Secretary. She and Bill assisted in the start-up and growth of the organization, which is nationally recognized by the “Bird Dog Foundation”. In 2005 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Life Patron Member. 

She loved crafts including knitting and crocheting, spending time with her family, talking about her early life growing up in the south, staying in touch with friends and family, and of course being with Bill over the years, wherever the journey took them. 

Rheta is deeply loved and will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends.  At Rheta’s request there will be no services at this time.  The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Rheta’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

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