Cecil F. Kirkland

June 24, 1923July 11, 2013
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Cecil Franklin Kirkland was born June 24, 1923 to parents Evie Tubbe Kirkland and Benjamin Russell Kirkland in Devers, Texas. He was married to his wife, Dorothy Bartee Kirkland, for 67 years. He was predeceased by his son, Terry Russell Kirkland, and sister, Bernice Kirkland Adams. Cecil is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kirkland of Seabrook, daughter Sherry Kirkland of Friendswood, sister Opal Goodson of Caldwell, Audrey Parker of Sugarland, and Nora Lee Ladd of Devers. Granddaughters, Misty Moyer Baker, of Friendswood, Tisha Moyer Holy and her husband Miro Holy of Placerville, California, Mandy Moyer Bowen and her husband, Kevin Bowen of Houston, Kristin Kirkland of Dallas, and Kelly Kirkland Scott and her husband Chris Scott of Hitchcock. Cecil was extremely proud of his six great-grandchildren with a seventh due in September. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Cecil graduated from Devers Independent School District 1941, and he received a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Houston in 1949. During World War II, Cecil Kirkland served in the 44th Infantry Division Medical Detachment 324th Infantry Regular as a Surgical Technician Sergeant. He was stationed in France, Germany, England and Austria, and he fought in the battles of Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. Cecil received the American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, and numerous other citations, and he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his actions during combat. After graduation, Cecil went to work for Wilson Supply Company. In 1961, he simultaneously started Coastal Oil Tool Company and Production Casing Scrapers in Houston, Texas. In 1981, he sold Coastal to HOMCO, but he continued working for HOMCO for 5 years on contract. In 1986, Cecil went back into the oilfield supply business by starting Navajo Fishing & Rental Tools, Inc. of Alvin, Texas. He semi-retired in the latter part of 1986, but he never left the oilfield or the office because the office and the South Texas Oil Patch was what kept Cecil vital and sharp even into his late eighties. When Cecil wasn’t at work, he enjoyed hunting with the Wilderness Hunting Club in Devers, fishing at Port O’Connor and hunting on the ranch in Rock Springs. Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am with interment to follow.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 19, 2013

Cecil F. Kirkland

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Linda Bell Jeter

August 7, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, Sherry. I'm sure he is sitting with Jesus on the right hand of God. May he rest in peace.

Billy Baca

July 19, 2013

Sending love to his grieving family.

Russ Krauss

July 19, 2013

Audrey, Michelle and I have you in our prayers and shared our sorrow for the loss of your dear brother. Russ Krauss

Jamie Chapman

July 18, 2013

Kelly and Chris, So sorry for your loss. I know he was very special to you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I know that your grandfather was much loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Mack and Jamie Chapman

Robert Krenek

July 18, 2013

Cecil was a most honorable, caring and devoted man to his family, many friends and everyone who valued and knew him. We will always remember deep in our hearts of how he always greeted us with that special smile and welcome when we would visit him and his family. His dear and beautiful wife is someone who will always be in our thoughts and prayers. They made an exceptional and loving couple. We are of such thankfulness to have known Cecil and are, as well, to have the friendship of his gracious family. We love and appreciate Cecil and have lost a great friend here on earth, but his memory will always be with us.
With respect, sincerity and love to Cecil and his family.
Robert, Mary and Teri Krenek

George Whaley

July 16, 2013

Dottie, I am so very sorry for your lost. Cecil was always an inspiration to me. I marveled in how dedicated he was to work hard and provide for You, Sherry and Terry. That inspiration only increased even more last year when I visited you and Cecil that I found out that he was still working. He was having a little hard time with his walker but I still saw the giant of a man that I knew from over 50 years ago. My memories of him were always of a soft spoken man that was busy working on something but would still take the time to say hi to me. a kid at that time. while Terry and I would be playing around the house. He still lives on in my memories.
My prayers are with You and Sherry and the rest of your family.
George Whaley

July 13, 2013

Cecil was one of the best men we ever met.Pep always said he never met a better man. We will miss him very much. Love to the family. Dottie and Sherry, Alen and I love you very much, Love , Margaret

Cindy Hopmann

July 13, 2013

One of the finest men we had the priviledge of knowing and calling friend. Cecil will be greatly missed.
Bill & Cindy Hopmann