LOUISVILLE, Ky. — William Donald Cecil died Friday, March 8, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. If he could have picked the place, it would have been in a boat with his fishing pole just after finishing a meal of fried chicken, sliced tomatoes and a Snickers bar.
Don was a well loved man for so many reasons. His family cherished him for his jolly soul, stubbornness, kind smile and blue eyes. He could fix anything, barbeque a chicken like no one else (other than his many brothers) and truly was a great dancer as the ladies would say.
Also known as Daddy raising five kids, Grandpa, or simply “Pa”, he was adored by his children, Pam Hatcher (Ronny), Paul Cecil (Jenny), Lynn Stewart (Loren, Deborah Cecil and Terry Cecil; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, with a few more on the way.
Don worked for General Electric for 35 years. He retired early in life to have the best garden in Shively, Kentucky, enjoy donuts and coffee at Kristy Kreme and retreat to his farm as often as he could. He spent many happy days with his companion, Wanda Webb, in Ohio County, Kentucky, among his extended Cecil family.
He was devout Catholic throughout his life and attended church as often as he could. He belonged to St. Hellen’s parish and helped in the kitchens of St. Vincent de Paul serving others.
Don is proceeded in death by his parents, Clara Mae Fulkerson and Lawson William Cecil; daughter, Deborah Cecil; and sister and brother, Judy Wilkerson and Martin Cecil.
His family is sincerely thankful to each and every person that cared for him daily at Wesley Manor. Because of you, the last years of his life were happy and comfortable. He was hooked after the first dinner and dance.
Funeral Mass will be at 12 noon Monday, March 11, at St William Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. William Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Monday at St. William Catholic Church.
Cecil Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.