Services for Cecil Howard Guinn, 62, of Lone Grove, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in First Baptist Church with Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield and the Rev. Larry Coley officiating.
Interment will follow in Hewitt Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.
Born Nov. 16, 1946, in Ardmore, to Ines Ida and Ernest Earl Guinn, he died Dec. 29, 2008 in Lone Grove. He married Coelene Rutledge on July 7, 1969 in Weatherford, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Colleen King, Joyce “Tincy” Taylor and Gloria Williams; two brothers, Jerry Lowery and Ernest Guinn; nephews Mike Taylor and Guy Kessler; niece Susan Williams Dewitt; mother-in-law Lois Young and father-in-law Vurner Rutledge.
From the time of Cecil’s birth, weighing 2.2 pounds, he was carried high on a feather pillow by his sisters, even taking him on their dates; never admitting to any wrong doing in his sisters’ eyes, nor his mother’s. Eventually he used his nieces and nephews as his personal assistants and always held a special place in his heart for his mother-in-law, Lois Rutledge.
In 1966 Cecil fell in love with Coelene Rutledge. After wearing her down, Coelene fell in love and married him on July 7, 1969. With patience she never faltered from her love, devotion, caregiving and faithfulness. Coelene was the love and light of his life.
Working early in life, one of his jobs was the development of SOWC. He later went to work for Chickasaw Telephone Co. with his brother-in-law, Don Rutledge. He and Don managed to install phones in every room for their mothers; yes, even the bathrooms.
During the “oil boom” he constructed many lease roads and locations across Jefferson and Carter Counties. In 1999 he worked the recovery of the Moore tornado. Recently he and Coelene moved to McAlester where he was again involved in oil field construction; affectionately called “Big Horn” by his new found friends.
He was a member of the Healdton Masonic Lodge No. 23, a 32-degree Mason, the Scottish Rite, McAlester Elks Lodge No. 533, American Iron Riders, Longhorn Cattle Assoc. and past master of the Hewitt Masonic Lodge No. 89.
Over a 20-year span, he and his family spent every 4th of July celebrating at his cabin on Lake Texoma. He enjoyed cooking and preparing a huge feast for all of his loved ones. Cecil and Coelene loved to travel the U.S. and Mexico. Their group from McAlester rode motorcycles to various destinations. Most recently, they made a 2,400-mile trip from Oklahoma to Tennessee to the Land of Dixie to see relatives.
Cecil’s homecoming to Wilson last summer was to be the beginning of a long and entertaining adventure with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Coelene, of the home; sister Carolyn “Peck” Kessler; brothers-in-law Don and Reva Rutledge, of Lone Grove and Marshall and wife Barbara Williams, of Selma, Ala.; nieces Karen Lambert, Patricia Stone, Leslie Price, Joanie King, Kristy Lambert, Ines Munchrath, Donna Walker, Emilie Lake, Tisha Denton, Alice Leverette and Beth Chappell; nephews Steve Lowery, Frank Taylor, Zachary Campbell; numerous great nieces and nephews; and special aunt and uncle Tommie and James Barnes.
Bearers will be Terry Kinyon, Harold Sanders, Gary Don Sanders, Larry Roberts, Darrell Farrell, J.P. Hockersmith, F.A. Copeland and Robert Lewter. Honorary bearers will be Roy Wofford, Rusty Turner, Max Kinyon, Donnie Guy, Donnie Edwards, Bobby Smith, Hank Lambert, Darren Barbour, Bobby Miller, Terry Tiner, Steve Price, Bob Mouser, Monty Kessler, E.L. Loving, Steve Castleberry and John Watson.
Online condolences may be made at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org