Cecilio Avila Sr., 60, of Brownsville, Texas, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1952, in Robstown, Texas, and moved to Brownsville as a young man.
He was a devoted son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and close friend to many and was always going above and beyond to help those in need. He worked many years in the port industry and the last 28 years with Dix Shipping Co.
He was president of the Brownsville-SPI Propeller Club. Cecil loved the Dallas Cowboys, loved playing pool, traveling, visiting family, dining out, attending birthdays, get-togethers and other activities of his sons, nephews and grandkids. He very much enjoyed life and cherished family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Espiridion Lara Avila Sr., and his brother Gerardo (Jerry) Avila.
He is survived by his loving wife Letty, his mother Paula G. Avila (whom he loved dearly); two sons, Cecilio Avila Jr. and Cecil Adrian Avila; two stepsons, Gerald (Diana) Neal, Mike Neal, and daughter, Patricia Ann (Frank) Munoz; brothers Juan, Bernie (Lisa), Ricky (Diane) and Espiridion Jr.; five sisters Tomasita (Eddie) Treviño, Maria Elena Avila, Sandra (Erasmo) Perez, Gracie Avila, and Maria Amada (Charlie) Valerio, and numerous nieces, nephews and 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the recitation of a holy rosary at 7 p.m. at Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista.
The funeral Mass will be held Wednesday Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church, followed by burial at Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Adrian Avila, Michael Neal, Gerald Neal, Cecilio Avila Jr., Juan Avila, and Bernie Avila.
Condolences may also be paid to the family of Cecilio Avila at www.funerariadelangel.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista, 125 McDavitt Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78521, (956) 541-5400.