Cecil Franklin Kirkland, was born June 24, 1923 to parents Evie Tubbe Kirkland and Benjamin Russell Kirkland in Devers, Texas. He was married to his wife, Dorothy Bartee Kirkland, for 67 years. He was predeceased by his son, Terry Russell Kirkland, and sister, Bernice Kirkland Adams. Cecil is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kirkland of Seabrook, daughter Sherry Kirkland of Friendswood, sister Opal Goodson of Caldwell, Audrey Parker of Sugarland, and Nora Lee Ladd of Devers. Granddaughters, Misty Moyer Baker, of Friendswood, Tisha Moyer Holy and her husband Miro Holy of Placerville, California, Mandy Moyer Bowen and her husband, Kevin Bowen of Houston, Kristin Kirkland of Dallas, and Kelly Kirkland Scott and her husband Chris Scott of Hitchcock. Cecil was extremely proud of his six great-grandchildren with a seventh due in September. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
During World War II
, Cecil Kirkland served in the 44th Infantry Division Medical Detachment 324th Infantry Regular as a Surgical Technician Sergeant, and he received the American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart
for his actions during combat. Cecil received a Bachelor in Business degree from the University of Houston, and in 1961, he simultaneously started Coastal Oil Tool Company and Production Casing Scrapers in Houston, Texas, and in 1986, he started Navajo Fishing & Rental Tools, Inc. of Alvin, Texas.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am with interment to follow.