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Cecil Farrell Arey

May 29, 1934 — September 29, 2023

Cecil Farrell Arey, known affectionately as Cecil, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2023, in Simpsonville, SC. Born on May 29, 1934, in Floyd, TX, Cecil lived a life full of love, generosity, and selflessness, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew him.

Cecil was a proud graduate of Community Rural High School in Nevada, TX. His career spanned from the pipeline in Texas to the flight line at E-Systems, culminating in a management position at Marshall and Williams Textile Equipment Production. His work ethic and dedication were admired by his colleagues and served as an inspiration to those who followed in his footsteps.

Cecil's life was not only defined by his professional achievements but also by his love for his family. He was the beloved husband of Bonnie Ansley Arey, and a devoted father to his daughters, Jill Arey Callot and Jan Arey (Paul) Lee. He was a cherished grandfather to Sean (Emily) Callot, Andre (Eleanor) Callot, Alex (Ansley) Lee, Dylan Lee, and Dayne (Dylan Dickerson) Lee. Cecil was also a proud great-grandfather to Jean Jacques Callot, Carlson Blake Lee, and Bennett Eaton Lee. His love for his family was evident in every aspect of his life, and his legacy will continue to live on through them.

Cecil was a man of many interests. He was an avid reader, always eager to delve into a new book. He was a dedicated NFL fan, a bowler, and a lover of Texas BBQ. He was also a car enthusiast, with a particular fondness for his '86 Mazda RX7. However, his passion extended beyond these hobbies. Cecil was a coach and umpire for the girls' sports teams, demonstrating his commitment to his community and his belief in the importance of youth sports.

Cecil will be remembered for his loving nature, his selflessness, and his generosity. He had a heart that was always ready to give and a spirit that was always ready to serve. His life was a testament to the power of love, the importance of family, and the value of hard work. His memory will continue to inspire those who knew him, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of his loved ones.

In the words of his family, "Cecil was a man who lived his life with purpose, with love, and with a deep sense of responsibility. He was a man who loved his family, his community, and his work. He was a man who made a difference in the lives of those around him. He was a man who will be deeply missed."

Cecil Farrell Arey's life was a journey filled with love, laughter, and countless memories. His story is not just one of a life well-lived, but also of a life well-loved. As we remember Cecil, let us celebrate his life, his legacy, and the profound impact he had on all of us.

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