A few days after the D-Day invasion, Cantley was sent to France, where he drove a supply truck off a landing ship through the water and onto the beach. On D-Day of June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany.
Cantley served in France, Belgium and Germany. His job was driving a truck laden with food and supplies for the troops.
"I didn't think about losing my life," he said. "If they needed anything hauled, they would call on Cantley. If it wasn't too heavy, I did it all by myself. I was taking food to the front lines in Germany when a man motioned me back. The enemy was just around the curve. If it hadn't been for that guard, I would be dead."
Another close call came as he watched artillery fire from a window in an abandoned building in Germany.
"Bullets were hitting the building," he said. "We were in a little town. A bullet hit and killed my buddy. Those were two times I came near to leaving this world. I had two brothers who fought in World War II and they came back. A lot of my buddies didn't come back alive."
He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945, working his way from the rank of private first class to corporal. He was stationed at Aachen, Germany, during the Battle of the Bulge and was in Berlin when the war ended in 1945.
He returned to his sweetheart and they were married May 26, 1945.
He got a job with Union Carbide and retired from there in 1978.
Over the years, he enjoyed woodworking and was known as "a jack of all trades" because there was little he could not repair.
The Cantleys say the secret to a long and happy marriage is looking out for each other. Until a few years ago, they walked a couple of miles a day. They avoid fried foods and enjoy salads.
They also maintain a sense of humor.
They joke about behaving and taking orders. On a more serious note, they believe their faith is an important part of life.
Cantley is looking forward to his milestone birthday.
"I don't think I could stand another hundred years," he said. "It would take too long."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.