Cecil Allen McCormick, 83, of Santa Rosa, Calif., formerly of Marion, passed peacefully at the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, due to complications following a stroke.

Cecil was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Marion, to the late Charles and Marna Byrd McCormick. He attended Pleasant Gardens School, a k-12 school house, and received a full basketball scholarship to Western Carolina University. He married, Lois Ann Young, his high school sweetheart and they later moved to California. After moving to Castro Valley, Calif., Cecil began his career in furniture manufacturing. He later moved to Santa Rosa and retired in 1999. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Ann Young McCormick.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Margaret Ingold of the home; two daughters, Tracy Parsons and husband, Robert of Wake Forest, and CeCe McCormick-Moore of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, Charles McCormick and wife, Carol, Gary McCormick and wife, Dianne; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A service in celebration of his life will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

A reception will be held in Asheville following the service, enjoying what Cecil loved and made better than anyone, Carolina barbecue!

The burial will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., in McDowell Memorial Park, where he will be laid to rest beside Lois.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Cecil's life.

Condolences may be sent to Margaret Ingold, 2087 Bedford St., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. In lieu of flowers, please donate to in Cecil's name.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available at

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