William Cecil Obert, 87, of Panama City, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. He was born on November 18, 1925 in Chipley, FL. He loved the outdoors, fishing, and hunting, especially coon hunting. Cecil was a Korean War Veteran and retired from the Civil Service at Tyndall Air Force Base, some years back.
He was a Blue Lodge Master Mason thirty second degree and a Scottish rite with Harry Jackson Lodge 314, where he received a fifty year pin. In addition, he also was a noble of the Mystic Shrine.
Cecil, along with his two brothers, served in the Korean Conflict. Cecil was part of ""The Chosin Few,"" a non-profit organization that honors those who served in the Epic Chosin Reservoir Campaign in North Korea in 1950. During the war, Cecil's tank was hit and he was wounded seriously, which led to a month long stay in a Japanese hospital. Cecil and his brother, John received Purple Heart Medals, for their service during the Korean War.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Aberta and daughter, Linda Gayle Obert.
He is survived by three daughters, Cathryn Ann Ebel (Gary), Joyce Darsey Sauls (David), Jackie Birge Wills; two sons, Joel Ray Obert and William C. Obert Jr. (Janet Faye); two brothers, John Obert and Mallory ""Doc"" Obert; seven grandchildren, with special mention to grandson, Cody, who assisted his grandfather during his illness; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the church Cecil attended, First Baptist Church of Southport, 1732 Bridge Street, Southport, FL, 32409. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Southport. The Harry Jackson Lodge will have Masonic Rites. The lodge will open at 10 a.m. Those wishing to extend a word of condolence may do so at www.heritagefhllc.com.
Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
247 N. Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, Fla.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Aug. 3, 2013