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Cecil Charles Williams

May 30, 1933 - April 15, 2019

Cecil Charles Williams was born in Ada, Oklahoma on May 30, 1933 to Bertha Alice Williams and Andrew J. Williams.  He had 5 brothers and 2 sisters, all of whom are now deceased.  His dad died in August of 1962 and his mother died in October of 1968.

Cecil lived in Atoka, Oklahoma until 1941 at which time the family moved to Brawley, California.  He lived in the Imperial Valley until 1951 when he left to attend Western Baptist Bible College in Oakland, CA. now Corban University, Salem, OR.  There he met and later married Lola June Christensen on June 17, 1955.
In 1956 Cecil graduated with a Pastoral Ministry major and Missions minor.  When doors did not open for him to enter the pastorate, he pursued a career in education and obtained his teaching credential in August of 1963. He taught in Brawley, CA and Walnut Creek, CA before settling with his family in Yuba City, CA in 1967.  The next 24 years were spent teaching the 6th grade at Central Gaither School.  Cecil finally retired there from teaching on June 15th, 1991.  He and Lola then moved to Forsythe, Missouri and had a home built in the Ozarks near three of his brothers.  They lived there for 7 years before moving to Salem, OR in 1998 to be near their children and grandchildren.

Cecil loved the outdoors and spent many summers fishing and camping with his family in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  He kept busy with gardening and growing beautiful rose bushes in practically every home they lived.  He was quite the storyteller, as his students, children, and grandchildren would attest.  He loved to make people laugh.
More than anything, Cecil loved the Lord.  He led his family by example: spending time daily in God’s Word, teaching Sunday School classes, leading worship in church services, and singing in the choir.

After a stroke in 2008, Cecil’s health slowly declined and dementia eventually took much of his memories.  He always knew his wife and children, for which they were grateful.  And he continued to pucker up when Lola gave him a kiss, even until the end.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 15, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Cecil Charles Williams is survived by his wife, Lola, sons Randy, Rick, and Russ, and daughter Jeanne, as well as 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Corban University's Scholarship Fund.

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Dear Lola & Family,
What a wonderful obit about a remarkable, dear man.  Cecil was so kind and gentle but had a twinkle in his eye. :)  Loved his humor.  We have been missing him as I know you all are.  We are wishing you happy memories of him and you all as a family.  We also pray for God's special peace and comfort. 
United in Him,
Jim & Judi Lienemann

We were so privileged to have known this great man of God.  You picked a good one when you married Cecil.  He always put a smile on our face when we were near him.  I'm sure Cecil is having a great time in heaven, telling everyone his stories.  I am sorry we will not be able to attend Cecil's memorial service.  We are having a memorial service for Rich's mom at the same day and time as Cecil's.  
Rich and Barb Holder  

What a wonderful man.  We were privileged to know Cecil and we will miss him!  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

Dear Lola;
We have many fond Memories of spending time together at events held at Western Baptist Bible College / Corban University! Cecil loved the College and the Lord whose Word he studied as a student in Oakland, and taught as an adult wherever he lived.  Thanks Lola for the times we spent at the Summer Bible Conferences in Salem, and for being a faithful caregiver during Cecil's illness.  May you be encouraged by our Lord as you look forward to being reunited with your Hubby in Glory!