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OBITUARY

Dr. Cecil Chester Bozarth III

September 17, 1962May 24, 2018
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Dr. Cecil Chester Bozarth III, 55, died of natural causes Thursday morning, May 24, 2018, at home in Raleigh, NC. He was born in Falls Church, VA on September 17, 1962 to Cecil Chester Bozarth Jr. and Janet Shriner Bozarth. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Ellison Bozarth. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 8 years, Andrea Leigh Irby; sons, Philip Neilson Bozarth and James Andrew Klarevas-Irby; sister, Emily Bozarth Boote and husband, Bradley James Boote, and their children, Christopher and Anna Boote; sister, Catherine Slaughter and daughter, Candace Slaughter McCabe and husband, Glen and their daughter, Isobel; mother-in-law, Alice Joyner Irby; Eugene and Eva Nell Ellison and many aunts and cousins.

Cecil was well-loved by all he met, and a second father to many. He had a big heart that touched everyone from Georgia to NC State to the car show field and beyond. He earned his PhD in Business from UNC – Chapel Hill and worked for NC State’s Poole College of Management for 26 years, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He consulted for various private firms and believed in sharing his knowledge with others to create real and practical solutions.

Cecil was personable and had a quick wit. He restored classic cars to original, out-of-factory condition and showed them with pride, winning many awards and making many friends. He also enjoyed watching his wife Andrea compete in horse shows with a beautiful thoroughbred—a gift from him—and bonding with his “fur-daughter” Gigi. Cecil was fortunate to witness his son Philip's recent graduation from the University of Georgia, and to witness him grow into a fine man led by his example.

He will be remembered for his kindness, humor, and ability to put anyone at ease.

The family will receive friends from 7-9pm on Wednesday, May 30th at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. A funeral service will be held 5pm Thursday, May 31st at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Please honor Cecil by driving your classic car and displaying it proudly at either of these times.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital at www.stjude.org by clicking donate, choosing donate to a memorial fund, and then choosing Cecil Bozarth III Memorial Fund.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Ellison Bozarth. In addition to his parents, Cecil Chester Bozarth Jr. and Janet Shriner Bozarth, he is survived by his wife of 8 years, Andrea Leigh Irby; sons, Philip Neilson Bozarth and James Andrew Klarevas-Irby; sister, Emily Bozarth Boote and husband, Bradley James Boote, and their children, Christopher and Anna Boote; sister, Catherine Slaughter and daughter, Candace Slaughter McCabe and husband, Glen and their daughter, Isobel; mother-in-law, Alice Joyner Irby; Eugene and Eva Nell Ellison and many aunts and cousins.
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude’s Children Hospital at www.stjude.org by clicking donate, choosing donate to a memorial fund, and then choosing Cecil Bozarth III Memorial Fund

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memories

Dr. Cecil Chester Bozarth III

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Kelly Walton

June 1, 2018

Dr. Bozarth was an inspirational teacher, and he will be greatly missed. I began the Supply Chain & Operations class with a focus on completing a required albeit not desired course; however, thanks to Dr. Bozarth, it quickly became a class that I enjoyed and valued. His love of the subject and ability to explain its relevance to others was a true asset to those of us lucky enough to be in his class. My condolences to his family.

Ashley Black

May 31, 2018

I have the fondest memories of Cecil. We traveled all over the world together delivering a finance workshop and there was never a dull moment. From the time we got stuck in Germany at 2AM and ate McDonald's in a train station to the time Andrea, him, and myself squished into the tiny backseat of a taxi in Italy for the most terrifying high-speed ride of all time...he always had a way of making me laugh so hard it gave me a belly ache! You will be so very missed, dear friend. See you on the other side.

Sherry Fowler

May 30, 2018

Cecil was my colleague at NC State. My office was directly across from his for several years. Though he taught in a different discipline, we had many conversations about life, sons and daughters, politics, and many other topics. When I visited his office to say hi, he would often whip out a picture of his wife, his son, or his latest car project. He beamed with pride when he talked about his family.

I could always tell when Cecil was coming down the hall toward his office because he would often whistle a tune as he walked. One time, I told how much I enjoyed his whistling, and that it always made me smile. About three years ago, I moved offices to a new floor. When Cecil walked by and saw me packing my stuff, he frowned and said, "Oh no." He assumed I was leaving the university. I told him that I was only moving to a new location.

My new floor is not the same. There is no one that whistles. Maybe Cecil's example will inspire others to enjoy life a bit more. He will be greatly missed.

With fond memories,
Sherry Fowler

Bill Rand

May 29, 2018

I'm very sad to hear of Cecil's passing. When I first got to NC State two years ago, Cecil was one of the first people I met since his office was right down the hall from mine. We worked together several times on projects related to the school, and Cecil was always the most jovial and friendly person in the room. He was also one of the most encouraging colleagues I have ever had. His presence around Nelson Hall will truly be missed.

Beth Pennell Oxentine

May 29, 2018

Dr. Bozarth was memorable! I was telling someone the other day about how he would pace the stage of Nelson 240 holding a chair over his head while teaching. Colorful character. Excellent & interesting professor. Condolences to the family.

Beth
Mgmt Class of '97.

Deepak Nair

May 29, 2018

I'm deeply saddened to hear about Prof. Bozarth's passing. He was one of the best professors I've had in my academic career. His lectures were always engaging, fun and informative all at the same time. He would always go the extra mile to resolve our concerns or explain difficult principles to us. May he rest in peace!

Tracy Freeman

May 29, 2018

Cecil was a good colleague and a pleasure to work with at NC State for the last 7 years. He cared about the students and providing them a good education while challenging them to do their best and apply their knowledge. He frequently helped me and my practicum teams on complex issues - always willing to help.

Cecil also had a great sense of humor and made me laugh. He was twice as big as me and he used his self-deprecating humor frequently about his size relative to mine or wanting my food. I enjoyed our group lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will remember them fondly.

Cecil was a good man and a friend and will be missed.

Sincerely,
Tracy Freeman

Ray Theriault

May 27, 2018

I first met Cecil when he started the restoration of his beloved 1937 Lincoln Zephyr coupe. I helped in the sourcing of several parts for the car and also provided some opinions as to what was correct or not for the restoration. He wanted everything about his Zephyr to be perfect, the same way he lived life. He always had a desire to have a "Big Lincoln" and he finally made that happen with the acquisition of his LeBaron Convertible Roadster. He was excited to get his new garage and started dismantling his toy for the impending restoration. Sadly he will not have the opportunity to see his much anticipated project to the finish line. Cecil was a "gentle giant" among men. I knew him on the basis of our shared love of Lincoln automobiles but I saw what a stand up person he was after the passing of his first wife and his children's mother. Later on I met the new love of his life, Andrea, a real breath of fresh air, and I was happy for both of them that they had found each other. While I would see them once or twice a year it was obvious that they were very good for each other. I, along with anyone else who knew Dr. Cecil will certainly miss him. To his boys I extend my sympathies for your loss and to Andrea I say that you were lucky to have spent eight years with him and unlucky to have your future together taken away so suddenly. May we all remember the good times with Cecil and wish him well on his next journey to Lincoln Heaven. Rest in peace Brother!!

Jim and Becky Aldrich

May 26, 2018

Becky and I attended several Concours D' Elegance car shows with Cecil and Andrea. We will never forget that Cecil was never afraid to drive their Lincoln Zephyr car . They always dressed period correct.. Cecil will be missed..

Clyde & Eunice Crider

May 26, 2018

Rest In Peace my friend.

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Biography

Cecil Chester Bozarth III, 55, died of natural causes Thursday morning, May 24, 2018, at home in Raleigh, NC. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna, and he is survived by his wife Andrea; his sons Philip and James; his parents Cecil Jr. and Janet; his sisters Emily and Catherine, and their families; and his mother-in-law Alice.

Cecil was well-loved by all he met, and a second father to many. He had a big heart that touched everyone from Georgia to NC State to the car show field and beyond. He earned his PhD in Business from UNC – Chapel Hill and worked for NC State’s Poole College of Management for 26 years, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He consulted for various private firms and believed in sharing his knowledge with others to create real and practical solutions.

Cecil was personable and had a quick wit. He restored classic cars to original, out-of-factory condition and showed them with pride, winning many awards and making many friends. He also enjoyed watching his wife Andrea compete in horse shows with a beautiful thoroughbred—a gift from him—and bonding with his “fur-daughter” Gigi. Cecil was fortunate to witness his son Philip's recent graduation from the University of Georgia, and to witness him grow into a fine man led by his example.

He will be remembered for his kindness, humor, and ability to put anyone at ease.