John Harley Cecil – Wake Forest Obituary

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John Harley Cecil

Jul 30, 1928 – Dec 9, 2015

(John) Harley Cecil, age 87 of Wake Forest “graduated” peacefully from this life on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

Harley is survived by many loved ones including his precious wife of 53 years, Jo Ann Cook Cecil, his daughter Connie Cecil Wendt and son in law Daniel Wendt, his son, (Harley) Wayne Cecil and daughter in law Wendy Cecil, beloved grandchildren, Jonathan and wife Kaitlin, Andrew, William and Daniel, as well as step-grandchildren, Jonathan and Jessica Farrell, and his very special 100 year old mother in law and friend, Annalee P. Cook. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, their children and great friends. His gentle, quiet, yet witty presence will be missed by all.

Born July 30, 1928 into a humble family in Guilford County, Harley served his country in the US Army in 1951 and 1952. He also attended several colleges, pursuing various degrees and finalized his Master of Theology at Duke Divinity School and entered a life of service to God and man as a reverend in the United Methodist Church. He married Jo Ann Cook in 1962 and the two eventually settled in Butner, North Carolina when Harley accepted the position of Chaplain at Murdoch Center. There he and his wife raised their two children as he devoted 30 years to selflessly advocating for the spiritual needs of the residents. He loved music and had a great ability to help those with intellectual and physical disabilities discover overlooked or hidden talents.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm, at Murdoch Developmental Center Chapel, 1600 East C Street, Butner, North Carolina.

Please no flowers! Harley would prefer to be remembered, if you feel inclined, with a donation to one of his favorite charities: The Murdoch Campership Program (100% goes to the program!) P.O. Box 3000, Butner, NC 27509 or The Salvation Army of Wake County, P.O. Box 27584, Raleigh, NC 27611.

A service of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center. (919)-556-5811

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