Cecil Avery, Jr.

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Funeral services for Cecil Milton Avery Jr., 92, of Zwolle, were held May 17 at Zwolle Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Phillip North officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

He was born on Sunday, December 5, 1926 in Anetta, Texas, and passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at VA Hospital in Shreveport.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Frankie Avery; parents, Cecil M. Avery, Sr. and Mayme Avery White; first wife, Frances Green Avery, the mother of Deana Hurt and Amy Avery Holman; and grandson, Josh Hicks.

Cecil graduated from Robert E. Lee Pascal High School in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1944. He served in the US Navy in WW II and as a fireman serving at United States Naval Air Station in San Diego, California. He received the commanding officer’s commendation, performing with courage and devotion to duty while extinguishing ammunition fire in the margin area April 16, 1946 under dangerous conditions far more dangerous than ordinary. He was discharged July 24, 1946 as a Seaman First Class. In earlier years before moving to Louisiana in 1975, through a correspondence course to Alexander Hamilton Modern Business Institute he received his associate degree. He also received a Bachelor of Theology from Indiana Bible College in May 1985. He received a Certificate of Ordination from United Pentecostal Church in June 21, 1989 in Lufkin, Texas. Cecil was instrumental in bringing Zwolle Rail Car to Zwolle in 1975. He was known in the rail car industry as “Mr. Rail Car” and some said he was a legend in his time. Cecil was also a devoted member of Zwolle United Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Hicks Avery of Zwolle; daughters, Deana Avery Hurt of Grosbeck, Texas and Amy Avery Holman and husband Kurt of State College, Pennsylvania; sons, Paul Hicks and Cynthia of Rosco, Texas, Mark Hicks and wife Cheryl of Pleasant Hill, Eric Avery and wife Linda of Perry, Georiga and Cecil M. Avery, II and wife Brooke of Many; step-brother, Wiley Lindsey of Arkansas; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.warrenmeadows.com

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