Graveside services for Cecil Lamar Spring will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Bill Darrough Pavilion, Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Pastor Colby Bryant officiating. Cecil passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Mena, Arkansas, at the age of 98.
Cecil Lamar Spring was born December 3, 1914, in Hugo, Oklahoma, the son of Christopher C. and Lennie Howard (Clark) Spring. He served his country in the Army during World War II
Cecil married Ruth Cassady on April 25, 1943, in Davidson, NC. They spent most of their 63 years together in California prior to retiring to Arkansas. He was a barber for 27 years and retired from Farmers Insurance after 20 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Past Commander of Post #41. He has received the oldest Choctaw Veteran award and, for the last nine years in a row, the oldest Choctaw in attendance at the annual Choctaw Labor Day festival in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma.
Cecil was kind, warm, friendly and a joy to be around. He loved to spend time with his family, with whom he shared a passion for genealogy, and he enjoyed going on road trips around the country in his Chevy van. His quick, sharp wit, and his fun loving spirit were his trademarks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth (Cassady) Spring in 2006; one sister Tommie Arena (Spring) (Killebrew) Hosea; and two brothers, John Emmitt and Wilbur Neal Spring.
Cecil is survived by his son, Gary Lamar Spring (Rosemary Jackson) of Talihina, OK; daughter, Linda Spring-Andrews (Seymour Friedel) of Mena, AR; four grandchildren, John Paul Andrews of Casselberry, FL, Matthew Clayton Andrews (Adrienne Vaughan) of Mena, AR, Rebecca Andrews Capone (Patrick) of Portsmouth, NH, Ryan Lamar Spring of Durant, OK; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Vaughan and Zane Vaughan of Mena, AR; two sisters, Leta Madeline (Spring) Hardcastle of Armona, CA and Anna Mae (Spring) Wagner of San Simeon, CA; one aunt, Lorene Springs of Hugo, OK; two 1st cousins, Lois Faye (Spring) Ingram and Margie (Spring) Williams of Quinlan, TX, and many more loving family members.
Family and friends are also invited to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family at www.mtolivefh.com.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Choctaw Scholarship Advancement Program. https://www.choctawnation-sap.com/waystohelp.shtml.