Longtime Ector County resident, Cecil Henry Hart, age 79, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Odessa, Texas.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 8th from 4-6 pm at Sunset Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, April 9th at Sunset Funeral Home with brother-in-law, Rev. Clydell Chapman officiating, burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Cecil was born December 1, 1938, to Arvin Hart and Lillian Dovie Montgomery-Hart near Big Spring, Texas, in a tent on a cotton field. He attended Big Spring public schools, and at age 14 he married the love of his life, Mary LaRue Ferguson. They were joined in marriage in the Church of God in Slaton, Texas, on November 22, 1953. The couple moved to Midland where he followed his love of working on vehicles and began busting truck tires. Later, the couple moved to Big Spring where Cecil worked in the road and bridge department for Howard County. In time, the couple made their way to Odessa where Cecil worked for Broncho Chevrolet and Sewell Ford. He then opened his own business, American Muffler Shop, and after selling it, he worked for Ector County ISD in the transportation department. He ended his career at Rexene, where he retired in 2001. He spent his retirement making new friends and building and working on old hot rod cars. At age 14, Cecil professed his faith in Jesus Christ and lived the rest of his life for Him. He was member and ordained as a deacon with the Church of God. He enjoyed attending church, singing and playing guitar, going to car shows, too many games of Rook, and secretly blessing people. He was a very social person who loved his friends and family very much. Although born in a tent on a cotton field, Cecil Henry Hart truly lived a long, rich life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Arvin Hart and Lillian Dovie Montgomery-Hart; siblings, Clifford Arvin Hart, Travis Lee Hart, Myrtle Lanelle Hart-Parks, and Betty Fern Hart-Van Allen.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Savoy and Julie Hart of Odessa, Jayson and Amanda Hart of Odessa; grandchildren, Trevor Ethan Hart, Haley Miracle Hart, and Hagen Henry Hart; siblings, Peggy Joyce Hart-Pachall, Fredia Evelyn Hart-Chapman, Carl Dean Hart, and Janie Elizabeth Hart-Shivers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and/or The ALS Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To sign the guest registry please go to www.sunsetodessa.com.
I met Cecil only a few years ago. It was apparent to me from the first time I met him how special he and LaRue are. I would later get to know him better Every time I saw him. Cecil, you blessed everyone you encountered. I was honored to know you. Heaven is a brighter place with your presence.
Lori NelsonOdessa, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. God gained an angel! Love you LaRue.
Debbie TackerOdessa, TX