CMSgt. Billy Paul Cecil USAF, (Ret.), 68, of New Baden, IL, died Thursday, January 5, 2006 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center in Lebanon, IL. He was born on November 12, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa son of Homer & Maxine (Lanphier) Faulkner. He married Virginia "Ginny" Tuckness on January 26, 1957 in Fowler, CA and she survives in New Baden.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Billy Cecil II and wife Stephanie of Washington DC, Lori Lynn Fistein and husband David of New Baden, Michael Cecil and wife Rebecca of San Antonio, TX, Melinda Cole and Rich Kremmer of New Baden and Dianne Berry of Sumter, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Christian Cecil, Taylor Cecil, AliBin Polat, Miranda Polat, Emily Cecil, Corey Cecil, Freddie Cole and Dustin Cole; a sister, Viola Verworn and husband Ben of Glenrock, Wyoming and a step-brother, Peter Cecil and wife Delores of Gulfport, Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a career veteran of the United States Air Force retiring after 30 years in 1985.
He served as Command Chief from 1980 to 1982 at Headquarters USAFE.
He was called and licensed to the Southern Baptist Ministry in 1967 and was ordained and became a Reverend in 1970 at El Mirage, AZ. He was Pastor at numerous communities where he was stationed including a growing ministry at Eastside Baptist Church in Sumter, S.C. He came to New Baden in 1982 and became Pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Baden in 1983. He retired as Pastor and was named Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of New Baden in 2000.