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Cyrus Dale McCreight

1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Cyrus Dale McCreight Obituary
Cyrus Dale McCreight was born March 12, 1933 in Colorado City to Cleo and Cyrus Overton "Mac" McCreight and was an only child. He died at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater on March 2, 2018 after several years of illness. There was a private burial at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Dale moved to Sweetwater with his family at about the age of four, went through all of the Sweetwater school system until graduation at 17. His mother taught private kindergarten and first grade and that made a great impression upon Dale in his desire to promote education and care for the children of our community. After high school, he went to the University of North Texas in Denton for his degree in business. After college he served a stint in the Army, based in El Paso. When his Army duty was fulfilled, he moved to Austin for a few years to live and work, returning to Sweetwater later to join his father in their retail business, "McCreight Music".  Their music store was a destination for musicians, music lovers and members of area bands. The music store was something that came naturally to Dale because he had already demonstrated an ear for music - playing and listening to classical music and jazz. This ear for music helped him develop into an expert piano tuner and he took a lot of satisfaction in selling a great piano to someone, then keeping it in good working order. Dale was an accomplished pianist and composer and when asked, said that his proudest accomplishment is the music he wrote for piano. Another aspect of his life that gave him a great amount of pleasure was that he held his commercial rating for his pilot's license. His time in the air was some of the most enjoyable of his life and he took a refresher check flight in 2012 and was happy that he still had all of his piloting skills. Dale was a quiet and unassuming supporter of Sweetwater (and especially the children of Sweetwater) for many years. He sat and listened and then suddenly a check appeared that was totally unexpected. Many times the recipients were not aware of who he was until after the donation was made. He helped to found the Sweetwater Christian School, in tribute to his mother and her efforts in the education of children. He was always touched and honored to be greeted by all of the children who attended school as "Mr. Dale" and became a part of many of their chapel sessions and special events. He was very touched and happy when that facility became "The Workshop" and said that was exactly what he wanted for Sweetwater. Dale demonstrated his love of education and Texas State Technical College by founding "The Dale Scholarships" for general education and "The Cyrus Awards" for nursing students. These scholarships have been awarded to hundreds of students at West Texas locations of TSTC. There are many, many members of the working population all around Texas whose education was encouraged and made possible by scholarships they received from Dale. Everyone who has contact with TSTC students is aware that many lives have been changed forever, simply by having the opportunity to receive an education that allows them a better opportunity for employment - there are too many success stories to count. In 2012, Dale received the honor of being named Sweetwater's Outstanding Citizen. He always believed in leading a small, private and philanthropic life and believed that he did nothing to deserve any awards. He felt that his contributions to the community were insignificant – he just watched and helped where he could. Dale is survived by many good friends and his life partner, Terry Blankenship. It is requested that any memorials be made to the "Cyrus Award Scholarships" at TSTC Sweetwater. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Mar. 5, 2018
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