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LAKELAND - Cecil C. Stalvey, born August 16, 1925 in Plant City, Florida, passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 29, 2012 at his home in Lakeland, Florida, due to natural causes.
Mr. Stalvey, a decorated Marine Corps veteran of World War II, served his country in the Pacific Theater. After returning home he attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary transferring later and graduating from John B. Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 1949.
Teaching was his passion, having taught school for 43 years starting at the Children's Farm Home School in Corvallis, Oregon. Other schools included Pine Castle Elementary, Pine Castle, Florida; Elkton Elementary, Elkton, Oregon, Eagle Lake Elementary, Eagle Lake, Florida, Fred G Garner Elementary, Winter Haven, Florida. Mr. Stalvey was a teaching principal in Mariposa County, California for 7 of the 13 years his family lived in California. He retired from his teaching career at Lake Gibson Jr. High School in Lakeland in 1993. Mr. Stalvey was a member of the Board of Directors for the California Teacher's Association, a member of the State Council Association, a delegate for the NEA, and a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. Stalvey and his wife Merlene enjoyed selling lapel pins supporting the building fund of the Polk Education Association.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Merlene, his children Susan (John) Freel, Penny (Gregory) Brewer, Benson (Celia) Stalvey, and Gloria Stalvey, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister Juanita Raulerson, many nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Benjamin F. (Frank) and Myrtie (Wingate) Stalvey, sisters, Lola Raulerson, Joan Pizzillo, Marjorie Stone and brother Wayne Stalvey.
Visitation will be 2-3pm Wednesday, Aug. 1 at First United Methodist Church. Service to follow at 3pm at the church. Special thanks to the Good Shepherd Hospice, Rose Group.
Lanier Funeral Home.
Published in Ledger on July 31, 2012