RECTOR, CECIL C., 96
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Ocala - Cecil C. Rector passed away February 15 after a short illness in Ocala, Fla., with his children by his side. He was 96.
Mr. Rector was born and raised in Monticello, Ky., where he was a farmer before he retired and moved to Florida. He was also a World War II veteran, who proudly served his country from 1939 to 1945. Medals received: North Africa Theatre Ribbon with 5 bronze stars, American Defense Service Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Victory Medal WWII, Bronze Arrow Head. Battles/Campaigns: Naples, Rome, Anzio, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.
Mr. Rector was honored by the Ocala Honor Flight on Mission 4 with a trip to the World War II Museum in Washington, D.C. Prior to his passing he received a special tribute from the Hospice Veteran's Partnership of Florida with a military pinning service.
Throughout the past several years, Cecil was interviewed by various educational groups, to learn of his experiences in WWII.
Mr. Rector's family is grateful for the care he received at the Legacy House at the Hospice of Marion County. In appreciation, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Marion County Hospice or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Mr. Rector was preceded in death by his wife, Freda Lowe; his parents Oscar Milton Sr. and Mary Belle Rector; his brothers Emmett, Ernest, Willie and Oscar Milton Jr.
He is survived by his children, Sylvia Anne of Mt. Washington, Ky., Donald Ray (Sandy) of Philo, Ill., and Terry Michael (Denise) of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren: Jennifer Weinstein, Kristi Johnson, Ryan Rector, Moriah Rector, Drew Lewsader, Jessica Clark, and Stephanie Dombrowski; eight great-grandchildren: Kaylin, Ryan and Luke Roby, Allison and Noah Johnson, Demetrius and Lincoln Clark, and Penny Dombrowski, plus two more to arrive this year. He is also survived by his sister, Thelma Dillon of Franklin, W.Va., and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Florida Cremation is in charge of arrangements. Service and Burial will be at the Florida National Military Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Friday Feb. 21st at 2:00 pm.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2014