Active pallbearers will be members of the Cairo High School Junior ROTC.
Mr. McDonald was born September 29, 1927, in Altha, FL, to the late William H. and Nannie Mae Faircloth McDonald. Graduating from Troy State University, he did graduate work at F.S.U. and Mercer University and started his teaching career in Seminole County at Donalsonville FDR School. Cecil and Maxie moved to Cairo in 1950 and continued his teaching career at Midway School, Southside Elementary School, and Northside Elementary School. He served as Superintendent of Grady County Schools from 1976 to 1980, and again from 1984 to 1988. He was Dean of Students at Thomas University from 1980 until 1984. Retirement came for Cecil in 1988, but he remained active in community affairs, serving on the Board of Health, as President of Cairo Kiwanis Club, Lt. Gov. of Kiwanis, Assistant Recreation Director, Swim Coach, Life Guard, and Umpire for Grady County youth. He attained the distinction of Eagle Scout and was one of the first scout leaders in Grady County. He and Maxie, along with their daughters, were very active in First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Maxie McDonald, Cairo, GA; daughters and sons-in-law, Cecilia Westbrook (Richard), Lafayette, GA and Martha M. Fowler (Roger), Donalsonville, GA; brothers and sisters, Rev. Ralph McDonald, Moultrie, GA; Sophie Earnest, Donalsonville, GA, Marjorie Anderson, Kingston, TN, Rev. Wayne McDonald, Cairo, GA and Kate Mitchell, Jakin, GA; grandchildren, Don Gwaltney (Sharon), Roswell, GA, Rich Gwaltney (Kerry), Penang, Malaysia, Phillip Jones (Carey), Flowery Branch, GA, William Jones (Ashley), Cairo, GA; great-grandchildren, Anna and Sarah Gwaltney, Katie and Ben Gwaltney, Charleston and Phillip Jones, Noah, Lauren, and Eli Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bill, Jr., Rudolph and Grady McDonald.
The family will receive friends Thursday, August 12, 2010, at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Cairo from 6 until 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Thomas University, Office of Advancement Endowment Fund, The Cecil McDonald Family Teacher Education Endowment Scholarship, 1501 Millpond Road, Thomasville, GA 31792.