LEXINGTON, Ky. - Cecil R. York was called home to be with the Lord on September 24, 2013 (at the Hospice Care unit at St. Joseph Hospital) in Lexington. Cecil was born in Lexington on New Year’s Day 1927, to Hershael Wallace and Elizabeth York. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Cecil was a bricklayer by trade and owner of York Masonry. He was proud of his work on a number of notable central Ky buildings, including McAlister Auditorium at Transylvania University, Yates Elementary School, the sanctuary at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and the original section of Central Baptist Hospital. A man of many interests and talents, Cecil was an amateur photographer and home movie producer, a private pilot in his younger years and the inventor of a toy called the Zu-Zu. Cecil was a principal partner in ETF Productions and was honored with the prestigious Chris Award by the Columbus Film Commission in 1969. He served as a volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 191. A devoted Christian, he was an active member of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church for 55 years, where he served as coordinator of 'The Cornerstones', a program for active older members. Following his career in construction, and in an effort to get more exercise, Cecil became a carrier for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was named Carrier of the Year in 1995 and 1996 when he was in his late 60s. For seventeen years he was a volunteer in a major study of Alzheimer’s disease at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. Cecil was a storyteller, a practical joker and an avid University of Ky Wildcat fan. He was known for his prowess at catching snakes but was terrified of mice. Cecil loved people and a handshake greeting was never good enough; he was a man who loved to hug everyone he met. He was affectionately known as Uncle Cecil by countless people who were not even related to him.
Cecil is survived by Marty, the love of his life and his wife for 66 years; daughters Joyce (Dwight) Bradburn, and Cecile (Ralph) Stokley and sons Steve (Martha) York, John (Roxanne) York and Mark (Jane) York; sisters Lulu Mae Pryor and Esther Gilpin; 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a great grandson due in January, and a special friend, Grant Dolan.
Cecil was preceded in death by his two brothers, John and Wallace, and three sisters, Margaret Darnaby, Bettye Brown and Anna Belle Aubrey.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 27, from 4-8 p.m. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home at 3421 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Hershael York at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Hagan York. Pallbearers include Cecil’s grandsons; Jonathan York, Hagan York, Alex York, Jack Stokley, Christian O’Banion and nephews Gil Gilpin and Gayle Pryor. Memorials suggested to the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church Ends of the Earth Fund; 483 W. Reynolds Road, Lexington, KY 40503 or the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Ky/Southern Indiana chapter; 6100 Dutchman’s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205-3284.
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