Bonnie Eloise Cecil

b. 6 May 1916, d. 13 October 1985
  • Bonnie Eloise Cecil was born on 6 May 1916 in Richards, Grimes County, Texas.
  • Snapshots were taken of Mattie & Solomon William Wood, about 1919, with granddaughters Eloise Cecil and Fannie Kate Wood.
  • Albert Nolan Cecil and Ella Lynn Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Jefferson County, Texas. Other members of the household included Bonnie Eloise Cecil, Mary Frances Cecil.
  • Albert Nolan Cecil and Ella Lynn Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, at 4090 Virginia Avenue. Other members of the household included Bonnie Eloise Cecil, Mary Frances Cecil, Albert Nolen Cecil, Carroll Wood Cecil, Peggy Jean Cecil and Gerald Myers Cecil.
  • She married Harvey William Bender, son of Albert William Bender and Georgia Reeves Hillegeist, circa 1931.
  • Bonnie Eloise Cecil became a widow at the 23 February 1967 death of her husband Harvey William Bender.
  • Bonnie Eloise Cecil died on 13 October 1985 at age 69 in Humble, Harris County, Texas.
  • She was interred at Rosewood Memorial Park, Humble, Harris County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 8 March 2001 in the Houston Chronicle: Gerald Meyers Cecil, born May 19, 1929 passed away March 6, 2001. He was a graduate of Milby High School where he was an avid baseball and basketball player. He was voted All-City basketball player in 1947 and in 1948 their team won the Texas Interscholastic League State Meet. Also in 1948, Gerald was selected as an All-State Player. In 1949 he transferred to Wharton Jr. College and was selected as an All-Conference player. In 1950, while attending the same school was named All-Conference and All-American Junior College player. In 1951 he was selected for a third consecutive year as an all Conference player. He then attended Stephen F. Austin College in 1952 and 1953 and was selected as an All-Conference player both years. Gerald served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1955 and played service ball out of Ft. Riley, Kansas where he made the 5th Army All-Star team. He was a member of the Southwest Basketball Officials Association for over 15 years and served as the President of the SBOA for 4 years. He retired from Simpson (Champion Paper Mill) after 33 years of work. After retiring from Simpson, he worked eleven years for Superior N.D.T. Services as their bookkeeper. He was a devoted, Son, Husband, Father and was a kind, gentle, loving, caring man with a Heart of Gold that lived and loved for his family. He was a member and attended Sagemont Baptist Church. Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lynn Cecil , two brothers, Carroll (Woody) Cecil and Lamar Cecil ; and three sisters, Eloise Bender, Peggy Matthews, and Martha Louise Cecil. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Merry Jo Cecil , two sons, Chris and Bryan Cecil , daughters, Lisa Black and husband Jeff, Kelly Hayley and husband David, nine grandchildren, Jason Cecil , Amanda Cecil, Stephanie Cecil , Brandon Burnley, Nathan Hayley, Kevin Cecil , Heather Black, Justin Black, and Cody Black, one brother, Albert Cecil , two sisters, Mary Francis Miller, Barbara Brazelton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a gift from God that we will truly miss.
  • Last Edited: 6 Jul 2014

Family: Harvey William Bender b. 15 December 1908, d. 28 February 1967