Cecil Garland Brown

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June 5, 1945 - June 29, 2019
Born in Ekron, KY
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Cecil Garland Brown of St. Peters, Missouri, passed away on June 29, 2019 at the age of 74.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Pauline, his brother, Zane, and his mother-in-law, Mary Cornwell. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail (Cornwell), daughters Lori (Clapper) and Jennifer (Pointer), sons-in-law James Clapper and Dirk Pointer, his grandchildren Katelyn, Jeff, Matthew, Justin, Tim, Luke and Tyler, his brother and sister-in-law Gary and Ann Brown, father-in-law Wayne Cornwell and numerous other family members and friends.

Cecil proudly and honorably served his country in the United States Air Force.  He and Gail celebrated 49 years of marriage on June 20, 2019.  Although Cecil was originally from Ekron, KY, he and Gail spent most of their married life in Missouri, where Cecil worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging.

Cecil loved spending time with his family, from weekly game nights with plenty of popcorn, to cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals; every moment was filled with love and laughter. Cecil was a strong man of faith and spent many years teaching Sunday School and working with youth.

Cecil never knew a stranger and his hugs are legendary. Although we celebrate his heavenly home-going, the world will never be the same without him. He was loved more than he ever knew.

The family would like to thank all of the many friends who have blessed us with your love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to the American Heart Association.

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." ~ Matthew 6:33

Guestbook Entries

  1. Melanie Peters July 2, 2019 at 10:21 am - Reply

    What a wonderful man and awesome family you all have. My heart goes out to you. ❤️

    • Bill & Karen Ortmann July 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      Gail & Family,
      It’s been so long since we were together. The years have flown by. This we know, no matter how many years pasted we shared sweet memories of our time together. We are so sorry for your loss. Garland was a great guy. We’re sure he’s in heaven getting things ready for when he sees you again.

      • Gail Brown July 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm - Reply

        WOW, talk about a blast from the past! We did have some great times together, didn’t we? All those baby boys born and my one baby girl… Thanks for your kind words and your prayers. Although Garland no longer needs prayers, we’d appreciate it if you’d keep them coming for me and the family. He was the greatest, and I miss him so much already. Forty nine years together and I’m not sure how to act living alone for the first time in my life! Thanks again and maybe we’ll run into each other some day! Love, Gail

    • Gail Brown July 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Melanie, Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I know you keep in touch with several members of my family and they usually pass info along to me since I don’t do Facebook. It’s nice to keep the lines of communication open with members of my Arizona families! Love, Gail and Family

  2. Judy A. Hilsabeck July 2, 2019 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Gail & Family,
    My heart is broken yet filled with joy of all the memories that we had over the years we spent together. You and Garland were like sister & brother to Bob & I. Your girls and our boys. I am so blessed to have had those times with the two of you. And then for the unexpected meeting of you again at the doctors office. When you shared the struggle of Garlands health condition, it brought back many memories and a realization of how years seem to fly by. There is a yearning sometimes of being able to capture those good times and hold on to them for a moment to think of how blessed our relationship was.

    Garland was a very special guy. It seemed like when we were together we were always laughing and having fun. Garland being a little older and more sensible made it more fun because I’m sure there were times he thought we were crazy but went along with it. He was such a mild manner guy and loved you deeply. A wonderful husband and devoted father.

    Death is always bittersweet. We grieve but he is having a ball being free from pain and sickness. Like the song “I can only imagine”, we sit here wondering what he is doing right now. Talking to all the friends and loved ones who have gone on before. Walking on those streets of gold. Entering his mansion that Jesus has prepared for him. And the list goes on. I can only imagine! But this one thing I am confident in. We will see him again and what a day of rejoicing that will be.

    Our love and prayers for you and your family as you walk through this time.

    Judy & Ron Hilsabeck, Chad & Joel Colby, Olivia, Aidan, Alyssa & Keira

  3. Baylee McCluskey July 2, 2019 at 11:10 am - Reply

    candle 6I never had the opportunity to meet Cecil personally but the legacy and family that he has left behind speaks volumes about just how wonderful of a husband, father, and grandfather he was. He raised a wonderful woman (Lori) whom I call my friend and will forever be thankful to him for that simple fact. The stories I’ve been told about what a loving and caring man Cecil was is truly heart warming. There is no doubt that he loved his family.
    We are sending love and continuous prayers to the family he left behind. May God provide everyone with peace as this new chapter in their lives unfold.
    All our love,
    The McCluskey Family.

    • Gail Brown July 9, 2019 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Baylee, you may not have known Cecil, but you described him perfectly! He was the absolute best husband, father, and grampa! He loved his family beyond measure and was the kindest and most caring person I’ve ever known. Thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers! Love, Gail

  4. Bonnie (Whitelock) Wilkinson July 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Garland was one of the good ones! He was a truly a kind man. A memory of him that makes me smile is sitting at a class party (First Baptist O’Fallon) and Garland doing imitations of animal sounds. He had us all laughing and asking for more. He loved to make people smile.

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your kind words! You’re not the only one that mentioned his famous animal sounds! And thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Our families have sure had more than their share over the past several years!

  5. Rev. Chris McCoskey July 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    What a great man he was. We send our love to a family who’s love overflows into the many lives they touch. We Love each of you dearly.

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Chris, we certainly have some great memories of working with you with Fee Fee youth! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for our family during these difficult days! Love, Gail

  6. Angie Haenel July 2, 2019 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    candle 8My deepest condolences and love are with you, and your family. I wish peace for Garland, and for those left behind. XOXOXO

  7. Julie Bisto July 2, 2019 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    candle 6I pray for comfort for the Brown Family.
    Garland was such an upstanding, wonderful man who I really will never forget.
    The world could use many more like him.
    My heart goes out to all.

    Much love, Julie Bisto

  8. Bob Colby July 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Gail,
    Words cannot properly convey my feelings for your loss. Memories come flooding back of all the good times we shared during our young adulthoods… babysitting each other’s kids, going to church together and just hanging out together as couples.
    Garland was such a character and he and I would just carry on until laughter overtook us. He loved you so.
    I’ll keep you in my prayers for your strength.
    Love,
    Bob Colby

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Bob, funny how these times bring you back together with people you never thought you’d see or hear from again! Many years have passed since those times of such close friendship but I still have many good memories of those times. One of the greatest of those is listening to you sing…I could have sat all day and listened. Hope you’re still using that gift God gave you!! Thanks for letting me know your thoughts and prayers are with us. We’ll need all the prayers we can get during the days and months ahead.

  9. Rae Cerce July 2, 2019 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I will always know him as Lori’s dad, much love to you and your family lori 💜💜💜

  10. Christy (Ruble) Huddleston July 2, 2019 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Gail
    You and Garland were my first Sunday School teachers! Thank you for your dedication to God and for loving us little kids. We had lots of fun singing in Sundau School.
    Looking forward to heaven to sing with Garland again. Praying for you all.

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Christy, Thanks for your thoughts and prayers and kind words. I only wish Garland could hear all the wonderful things being said about him!

  11. Patty O'Donnell July 3, 2019 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Gail
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. When I think of you and Garland, I always think of the way you two found each other. It was through the act of writing letters to each other..the old fashion way of being “pen pals”. What a beautiful love story you had! May all your beautiful memories you shared together bring you some comfort during these difficult days. Many hugs!! Love, Patty

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Patty, thanks for all your kind words! Yes, Garland was the VERY best husband, father, and grampa! Who would have thought 4 years of writing would have led to a visit. Then 3 visits led to an engagement and 3 more to a wedding! I would kill my grandkids if they did that! Ha! But things were much different 50 years ago! It’s gonna be tough for a long while but I look forward to the day I’ll see him again, along with Mom, Rob and Jill!

  12. The Waterman family July 3, 2019 at 8:56 am - Reply

    candle 6Our deepest condolences. He was a kind, generous, loving, hospitable man, well-admired by all who knew him. We have very wonderful memories of our brief time with him. The world is indeed a lesser place without Garland in it.

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Stewart and Christy,
      Thank you for leaving such kind words about Garland for our family. He was everything you said he was and more! I miss him terribly but look forward to the day I’ll.see him again!

  13. Don and Sharon Ruble July 3, 2019 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Gail and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We remember the early days we all gathered at Trinity in christian fellowship. May many heads be bowed to Heavens arrival of a great man of God.

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Don and Sharon, Thanks for reaching out to us at this time. We did have some great times in those days long ago, didn’t we? Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated!

  14. Linda Ellis July 3, 2019 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Gail, I saw this on Facebook and memories of the past came to mind. Thinking of you on the loss of your husband and prayers for you and family. Much love to you all.
    Linda Ellis

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      WOW, Linda, your name was certainly one from the past! I’m not sure how you found out, but guess Facebook reaches everywhere! (I wouldn’t know, I don’t do Facebook). Hope you and yours are well. We certainly appreciate your prayers for our family!

  15. Lin and Della Miller July 4, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

    What special memories we have of this Godly man and his precious family. He will be missed but has left an indelible footprint in the lives of all who knew him.
    Love and prayers, The Lin Miller family

    • Gail Brown July 10, 2019 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Lin and Della, What wonderful memories we have of you and your family when we were in South Carolina. We kept wanting to get back there for another visit, but could never quite make the trip. Guess we’ll just have to have that reunion when we all join Garland in Heaven! What a glorious reunion that will be! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I miss him terribly already! Love, Gail

  16. Larry Margrabe July 4, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I worked with Cecil (That’s how I knew him) at KV Pharmaceutical for a number of years. He was always a pleasant, humorous man that enjoyed bantering to get through the day. That does not mean he wasn’t a very serious and competent employee. I got a lot of help from him about the industry when I was writing programs for the computer.
    My sincere condolences to all the family.

  17. Jim Kidd July 5, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Gail,
    Together, you two fought a long hard battle. I admire you both for your faith and strength. Please know that your ABJ family stand behind you with support and love. Glod bless you all.

  18. Shirley Brown July 7, 2019 at 5:47 am - Reply

    With heartfelt sympathy and love to you. I pray you feel God’s loving arms about you.

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