From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commanded his destiny. This describes Cecil Hyder Wilson, 83, who died
March 9, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
A memorial service celebrating Cecil’s life will take place at First Christian Church, Decatur on Monday, March 14
at 7 pm. There will be no visitation setting prior to the worship service.
Cecil was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in July of 1932, an only child of Cobert and Fannie Wilson. He spent his
childhood and teenage years in Black Mountain, North Carolina where he met the love of his life, Sara Rice. They
were married for fifty-nine wonderful years. They worked together each day in business, in worship, in life, and in
Cecil earned a production engineering degree from the University of North Carolina where he also played football.
The Wilsons moved to High Point, North Carolina as a young couple where they owned and directed Burks, Inc., a
chemical supply company that supported the furniture, paint, and varnishing industries.
Cecil served the US as an Army Morse code operator in Alaska during the Korean conflict. After spending winters
there, he refused to ever be cold again. Consequently, he loved hot food – the hotter the better, eating until sweat
showed up on his forehead.
Cecil was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. His Christian lifestyle is his greatest legacy. He was known for his
profound teaching abilities and generous approach to the needs of many Christian ministries.
Cecil and Sara were blessed with two children, both of whom adored their father as children and as adults.
Cecil is survived by his wife, Sara, his daughter Leslie (Wayne) Kent, his son Bart (Theresa) Wilson, six
grandchildren Jacqueline (Eric), Benjamin (Courtney), Mark, Eric, Amanda, and Bart, one great granddaughter,
Sarah, along with hopes of plenty more greatgrands yet to come.
His parents and a grandson, Jimmy preceded him in death.
Cecil’s family extends a special appreciation and love to the people of Decatur who embraced the Wilsons when
they moved from North Carolina in December 2013. They were loved by friends from Imboden Gardens Living
Center, First Christian Church, Decatur, and many fine medical professionals at DMH and other clinics.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to First Christian Church for use in the congregation's Arts
Academy work developing young artists in the Decatur community, or the BEST program at New Life Pregnancy
Center, Decatur, Illinois.
FYI: Cecil’s middle name was a family secret for all of his life only to be known after his death. Now the world knows
and Cecil is smiling grandly.
Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.