Canton -Cecil Burkhead, 99, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Graham Hospital in Canton.
He was born on January 3, 1921 in Rural Springfield, KY, to Steve and Myrtle (Yaste) Burkhead.
He married Helen Pauline Mahr Taylor on April 6, 1951 in Canton. She preceded him in death on August 17, 1999.
Surviving, are his children, Roger Lee (Anne) Taylor of Ellisville, Cecilia Ann "Nan" (Don) Ward of East Peoria, Jeffery Lynn Burkhead of Canton, Marla Kay (Jim) Stockov of Canton, two brothers; Johnnie (Ruth) Burkhead, Raymond (Joan) Burkhead, sister Ruby May Neff, Seven grandchildren, Jason Foreman, Cody Ward, Tiffany Burkhead, Tyson Burkhead, Lynn Burkhead, Matthew Stockov, Michael Stockov and three great grandchildren.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Susan Jean Foreman, one son, Gregory Alan Burkhead four brothers; R.H. Burkhead, Bobby Burkhead, Ed Burkhead, infant S.B. Burkhead, and five sisters; JoAnn Frew, Helen Burkhead, Nellie Perkins, Gladys Strevils, Geneva Billings.
Cecil served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944 until 1946. He worked for Westinghouse Electric as an electrical repairman. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Order of the Odd Fellows and the Fairview American Legion. He was an avid gardener and Cubs fan. He enjoyed bowling and was an all-around handyman.
Most of all Cecil was a kind and thoughtful man with a positive attitude toward life.
Services will be Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11 am, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton where visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 5-7 pm.
Burial will follow the funeral at Wiley Cemetery in Rural Ellisville.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.
To view his video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com
Nan & Dad
Condolences to all of the Burkhead families. "Angels are always near to those who grieve, to whisper to them that their loved one is in the arms of God".
Cecil Burkhead family - Trinity Lutheran Directory 1974
So sorry for your loss Marla and family.
The best Uncle Ever! He liked to tell me that his first date with Aunt Pauline was the night I was born. We will miss him greatly.
To the families of Nan, Jeff and Marla, I send my deepest sympathy. Uncle Cecil will truly be missed as the senior member of the Burkhead family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.