Cecil Mack Faries
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Shreveport, LA - Services for Cecil Mack Faries, ,will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Centuries Memorial Chapel with interment to follow in Centuries Memorial Park. Reverend Tom Brown will officiate. The family will receive friends at funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
Cecil was born on January 22, 1927 in Shreveport, LA and passed away July 10, 2013 in Shreveport, LA. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on January 15, 1945 and was stationed in San Diego, CA where he attended Radar School and was immediately shipped out to the Asiatic Pacific Theater where he served as a Radar man Third Class on the destroyer, USS Gregory (DD-802) and the submarine tender USS (ARG-19) until his discharge on August 1, 1946 in Bremerton, WA.
Upon his discharge, he returned to Shreveport, LA where he attended Centenary College and graduated in 1951. He worked in oil related and industrial supply businesses for nearly 20 years he was then employed by the Louisiana State Fair until his retirement in December 1992.
Cecil joined Lowe-McFarland American Legion Post 14 in 1946 and held several offices and served on several committees, culminating in his being elected Post Commander in 1955-1996. He also served the Legion at the 4thDistrict Level.
He was wrecked into Voiture Locale 137 of the 40 & 8 Society on March 10 1962. Cecil served the Voiture well for 53 years in virtually every office and committee on record, including Guard de la Porte, Chef de Train #2, Chef del la Train #1, Chef de Gare in 1975 - 1976, Commissaries Intendant, president of the 1989 Southland's Dixie Promenade, a longtime locomotive driver on the Train Crew and a member of the Wrecking Crew. He held numerous offices in the Grande Voiture du Louisiana including Grand Chef de Gare in 1982 - 1983. He, also, served Voiture Nationale as Sous Commissaries Intendant Nationale, Cheminot Nationale, Alternate Cheminot Nationale, Lampiste Nationale, Sous Organizer Nationale and a member of the Finance Committee.
Cecil also served as President of Louisiana Jurisdiction of the Woodmen of the World and as Monarch of Mithras Grotto. He was a 62 year Mason and member of the W.H. Booth Lodge #380 in Shreveport, Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, belonging to the El Karubah Shrine Temple, Order of Eastern Star, BPO Elks, Moose Lodge and Showmen's League of America.
Preceding Cecil in death are his parents, Della Blue Faries and John Mack Faries, and sister, Jewell Faries Murray.
He is survived by his brother, Emmit Faries and wife, Peggy along with several nieces and nephews, Nancy Faries Ross, Richard Faries, Mark Faries, Billy Murray and Mike Murray.
Honoring Cecil as pallbearers will be Mark Faries, Dennis Ross, Keith Lockhart, Stephen J. Lavery, Dennis N. Engdahl, Thomas R. Mills, Shawn Bohannon and D. Randall Brown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to www.stjude.org.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the medical staff at the Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Bossier City, LA.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting www.centuriesmemorialfh.com.
Published in Shreveport Times on July 12, 2013