Alexander Funeral Home - North Chapel

4200 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN


Cecil Ray Gurganus

October 22, 1934September 14, 2019

Cecil Ray Gurganus, 84, of Evansville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Deaconess Midtown. He was born October 22, 1934 in Greenville, NC to the late Joe Mitchell Gurganus and Nellie (Teel Gurganus) Boyce. He was a chemist graduate from East Carolina University. He worked in the plastics industry until his retirement from GenCorp, where he was the Divisional Technical Director. Cecil was very knowledgeable in plastics and had six patents. He was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Community Central Church and Deacon Emeritus at North Park Baptist Church. Cecil was preceded in death by son, James David; sister, Marie Rouse, and brother, Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis Gurganus; children, James Gurganus of Lake Oswego, OR and Betsy King and her husband Will of Highland, IL; grandchildren, Joshua, Ben, Renae and Sara and his beloved American Bobtail cats, Cleo and Coco. A Memorial Service will be 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, officiated by Pastors Dan Sigler and Bobby Cox. Friends may visit Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Central Church. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 18, 2019


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Pam and Charles Dove

September 16, 2019

Uncle Cecil, quite simply, was my hero from the time I was old enough to know who he was. Because of him and Aunt Phyllis, I was able to see places and do things I'd have never been able to do otherwise....From Florida to West Virginia and Ohio; the Gulf of Mexico to the mountains and caverns of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. And then, there were the infamous trips to the scary movies...or staying up late to watch them on TV....As an adult, I didn't get to see him as much, but there were many lively phone and email conversations covering a varied range of topics. Between the two of us, we had it all figured out! While it breaks my heart that he is no longer with us, I know he's in a place with no more suffering and pain. Rest easy, Uncle Cecil!