Loretta “Cecile” Blount
Loretta Cecile Sivley Blount, 82 of Sulphur Springs, Texas, took her final trip on March 16, 2020. A graveside service will be held Saturday March 21, 2020 with a public memorial held at a later date. There will be no formal visitation. Instead, the family invites you to pay your respects at West Oaks Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Blount, Betsy Blount, Jacob Blount, Samuel Blount, Jordan Crist, Billy Barber, Jessica Barber and John Wright. Honorary Pallbearers will be Duncan Wood, Mark Peugh, Steve Peugh, Cephis Gregory, Donna Gregory Edgar, Johnny Midgley, W.B. Cox and the FUMC Sojourners Sunday School Class.
Cecile was born January 21,1938 to Marion Hamilton Sivley and Florence Elizabeth Bryant in Yantis, Texas. She attended both Sulphur Springs High School and Greenville High School. In graduated 1956 from Greenville High School.
On June 8, 1956 she married the love of her life Paul Ray Blount. They met as he was delivering prescriptions for Nelsons drug store on a Cushman Scooter. They were happily married until his passing on March 10, 1999.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Throughout her life she was active in 4-H, 4-H Saddle Club, Rockwell Riding and Quadrille Club and Star Twirlers Square Dance Club. In the 80’s she began working as a Teacher’s Aide at Sulphur Springs Middle School. During that time she helped collect 1 million pull tabs. After retiring in 2004 she became an Ambassador for the Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce. She was named Ambassador of the Year in 2008.
In 1997 she became the Secretary of the Texas Cushman Club and retired in 2014. During her time she was awarded the Founders Award and her Cushman Eagle won National Awards.
She is survived by her sons Terry Ray Blount (Lee Ann), Jon Eric Blount (Martha) and daughter Patricia Lynn Barber (Carl). Her grandchildren Jeremy Blount (Rachel), Betsy Blount, Jacob Blount (Brooke), Samuel Blount (Erika), Jordan Crist (Cesaly), Cooper Blount, Jessica Barber and Billy Barber (Kaitlin) and two Great Grandsons. She is also survived by her sister Martha Cox (W.B.). She will be missed by special friend Sue Peugh, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and special niece Cathy Cox Bryant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hopkins County Veterans Association and the FUMC Youth Program.
A special thanks to our Angel Martha Cox for her loving care the past two years of her older sister’s life. The family would also like to thank the staff at Carriage House Manor.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. http://www.westoaksfuneralhome.com
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From Chrysti Love:
Cecile Blount and her husband, Paul, were great folks. They joined in 1990 and by 1997 Cecile had accepted the job of State Secretary. When Paul passed in 1999, she wanted to continue as Secretary. The friends of the Cushman Club supported her through her grief and provided a purposeful diversion. Many people have story to share. Cile loved to thank Raymond, my husband, for giving one of her grandsons a ride on his Cushman. The boy thought he would never get to ride again since his granddad had passed. Small acts of kindness that remain the best way to encourage.
Your State Secretary has so much responsibility for the continuation of the club. Jill Wadlow, Gene Sargent, Bill Mills, and Cecile Blount all served in this capacity.
In 1997, Cecile began her 17 years of serving our club. She took this seriously. By spending devoted time on membership rolls, attending meeting and keeping minutes, plus attending events, Cecile created a wonderful record of our club’s history. When I took the responsibility, I also received a pickup load of boxes – old state meet records, magazines, newsletters, patches, and the treasured 5×8 original memebership notebooks. So much history that when I began to create the history tab on the website, I just had to search through my treasures.
We will miss this lady – Cile Blount.
Accepting her Founder’s Award from President Tommy Greer. 2005 at the 23rd State Meet held in Sequin.
Accepting her plaque for years of service from President Ben Sargent, 2014 State Meet.
Chrysti Love and Cile Blount, State meet in Brenham, 2014.
Good-bye to a sweet friend.