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Cecil, Charles Martin
Charles Martin Cecil, 88, of Abingdon died at 6:30 am Thursday, July 15, 2010 at his home.

He was born on October 14, 1921 in Loretta, Kentucky, the son of Wesley and Gertrude (Murphy) Cecil. He married Mary Spalding on April 29, 1940 at Holy Cross, Kentucky. She preceded him in death on September 7, 2008.

He is survived by four sons, Jerry (and Georgine) Cecil of Abingdon, Marty (and Jackie) Cecil of Knoxville, Kenny (and Frances) Cecil of Abingdon and Jim (and Cheri) Cecil of Abingdon; three daughters, Ann (and Gerald) Bjorgo of East Galesburg, Connie (and Bill) Alton of Abingdon and Lois (and Greg) Miller of Abingdon; 17 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Reed and Martha Wimsitt, both in Kentucky.

Charles served in the Army in the Philippines and Japan during WW II. He was discharged in 1946. He had lived in Abingdon since 1957. He was a farmer and worked for Harold Lomax until 1965. He then worked at Briggs Manufacturing in Abingdon for 14 years, retiring in 1979. He then operated a woodworking shop in his garage and made numerous items for many. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Abingdon and was a member of the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381. He enjoyed entertaining his grandchildren and working in his workshop.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 am Monday, July 19, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Abingdon. Father William Miller I.C. will officiate. Burial will be in Abingdon Cemetery with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel.

The family invites you to join with them at a luncheon at the American Legion Post in Abingdon following the service at the cemetery on Monday.

Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice or American Legion Post #381. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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