Cecil Berlin Poe was born Jan. 13, 1931, and entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his home in Bear Creek, Ala. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Jesse and Minnie Lee Turner Poe; his brothers, Gilbert, Farris, Travis, D.C. and Wayne; and his two great grandchildren we never got the chance to meet.
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He is survived by a loving wife, Lola, of 60 years, his son, Randal and daughter-in-law Robin; his daughter, Teresa and son-in-law Ronald; grandchildren Shelley, her husband Kevin, Samantha, Danielle, Joseph and Christopher; great grandchildren, Caleb and Emsley; sister Ruby Robinson, as well as a loving group of brothers and sisters-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
His visitation will be today, Oct. 13, 2013, at Pinkard Funeral Home, Haleyville from 6-9 p.m., with the funeral on Monday at 2:00 p.m., with Brother John Stancil officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery.
He was a man who loved his family with everything he had. He was dedicated to his wife and loved her from the moment they met. He missed the birth of his first child to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War and continued his dedication by serving Bear Creek on the city council, the water board, rescue squad member and as a firefighter until he was no longer able. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in the Dime Community and was retired from Elixer. Cecil loved his children and did his best to guide and inspire them until the day he died. But nothing compared to the day he became known as "Pop" when his granddaughters brought a whole new light into his eyes.
Some of his, and their, best memories were made sitting in the swing under the dogwood tree watching them play with beagles and eating mud pies and in the old station wagon dodging flying apples and trying not to wreck. He taught them to ride bicycles without training wheels and later how to drive their first cars because no one else could quite understand those stubborn and hard-headed girls, who acted just like Pop. Next came the great grandchildren who brought a whole new level of joy to the man who already had a heart the size of Texas.
But today as our family grieves, we know he is not alone. We know he has already found a swing under a shade tree where he is telling his other two great grandchildren about the family they've yet to meet. And we know he will hold them safe and tight right there on his knees until we are all together again. We are thankful that he will feel no more pain and look forward to the day we see him running the streets of gold and shouting for joy with his own beautiful voice.
You may leave online condolences at www.pinkardfh.com.
Pinkard Funeral Home - Russellville
27305 Highway 24E Russellville, AL 35653
Published in Florence Times Daily on Oct. 13, 2013