Master Sgt. James “Jim” Richard Cecil, USAF, Ret. of McAlester

Jim Richard Cecil

Born: June 19, 1942
Died: May 07, 2016

Jim Cecil, 73, of McAlester, died Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Oklahoma City.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Bishop Funeral Service.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at the First Baptist Church of McAlester officiated by Dr. Tim Russell and Dr. Ken Gazaway. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by the Tinker Air Force Honor Team. Service arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service.

Jim was born to Willie Leonard and Lula Mae (Ratcliff) Cecil on June 19, 1942 in Gowen. He graduated from McAlester High School with the Class of 1960 and joined the U.S. Army where he served six months. He worked as a Station Master with the Union Pacific Railroad for 2 ½ years.

Jim married Sylvia Massey on January 3, 1963 in Haywood. Shortly after their marriage, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Jim served in Viet Nam as a Loadmaster on the C-130 and retired in 1982 as a Master Sergeant. He then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier, and retired in 2007 after 24 years.

Jim was an active member of the McAlester First Baptist Church. He loved to play golf and was an avid woodworker.

He is survived by his wife: Sylvia Cecil of the home; daughter: Tina Yvonne Pollack and husband, Chris of Hurst, Texas; grandsons: Ryan Pollack of North Richland Hills, Texas, Joshua Pollack of Hurst, Texas; sister: Jean Cecil of McAlester; sisters-in-law: Sonja Williams of McAlester, Asa and husband, Needham Williamson of McAlester; and nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Willie and Lula Mae Cecil, brother: Henry Cecil, and sisters: JoAnn Gibson and Barbara Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Chris Pollack, Ryan Pollack, Joshua Pollack, Tina Pollack, Mary Catherine Williams, Wes Porter, and Bob Owens.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Bolling, Ted Kennedy, Randy Neal, and all his “Golfing Friends.”