Cecil James Presnell

May 22, 1948May 5, 2012

Presnell, Cecil James, age 63, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4, 2012. Cecil was Vice-President of Siemens Nuclear Medicine and President of Machine Xpert. He was a Vietnam War Veteran. Cecil was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo and father, A.G. Presnell and sister, Jan. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Joyce Presnell; sons Todd Presnell and wife, Lisa; Scott Presnell and wife Celeste; daughter, Rebecca Presnell and fiancé Adam Click; five grandchildren; step-mother, Sue Presnell; sisters Donna and husband Ed, Sharon, and Jackie; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lee and JoAnn Lavenka. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with the services to follow immediately at 8:00 PM. Family and friends will meet at Berry Funeral Home at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 to proceed to Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway for an 11:30 AM interment service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Support Community, 2230 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919. Berry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • Service Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • Graveside Services Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Scott Emge

June 6, 2012


Please accept my condolences for the passing of your husband. I am so sorry for your loss.

Rilda Southerlin

May 15, 2012

May GOD bless & keep each one at this time.,my memories of CECIL was many yrs.ago, in Fayetteville NC

Siegfried Oblasser

May 11, 2012

I met Cecil when Siemens, the company I work for, acquired Texas Instruments. We were on a team together to achieve the integration of the R&D groups into Siemens. I always had great respect of Cecil because he pursued the task with high integrity and responsibility for the people and business he represented. I felt honored to work with him. Please accept my deepest condolences.

May 10, 2012

Dear Joyce, Wendy and I just received the sad news about Cecil. Our sincere condolences. You may recall that I worked with Cecil at Texas Instruments in Johnson City, TN so many years ago. Cecil was a joy to work with; a true professional; and a good friend. God Bless you and your family.
Jerry and Wendy Hardy (Overland Park, KS)

Chuck Yalowitz

May 10, 2012

When Cecil was at Texas Instruments and later Siemens I was in the RD group and had the opportunity to work with him. Cecil was a man of intelligence and integrity with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed working with him and am so sorry to hear that he has passed. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Martin Cooper

May 10, 2012

Cecil was my manager at Texas Instruments when the company was sold to Siemens, a German corporation, in 1991. I remember the stressful time during and after the transition when he represented all involved with skill and integrity. I respected him immensely and regret hearing about his passing. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Janet Glasgow

May 10, 2012

Presnell family,
Words simply cannot express how sorry I was to hear of Cecil's passing. He was an incredibly special man who embodied compassion, integrity, and an overwhelming love for his family and friends. I have so many wonderful memories of the time we all spent together on Sharon Drive...and will always consider you all extended family! Love to all, Janet Glasgow


May 8, 2012

Scott and Family, We are all very sad to hear about the loss of your father. He was a very brave man in his battle with cancer. Take solace in the fact he is better place and no longer in pain. He is an inspiration to all of us, especially those of us that have lost a loved one to cancer.

Travis Tipton

May 8, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Your family is in our prayers.

Rebecca Presnell

May 8, 2012

Heaven received a perfect angel when my dad joined them up there. He was a devoted husband to my mom, a perfect father to my brothers and I , a proud grandpa to his 5 grandchildren and a special friend to everyone he met. I am honored to have had him for as long as I did. He was a fighter against the cancer and defined inspiration to so many people. I thank god for allowing me to be his becca-bo-de and for him to be my dad. He will never ever be forgotten.