He was born on March 24, 1921 in Nauvoo and lived most of his life on the land in which he was born except during World War II. He graduated from Winston County High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army where he was honorably discharged in October 1945. After World War II in 1947, he began a dedicated career of 36 years with the Alabama Forestry Commission as forest ranger in Winston County. He loved educating the young people in the schools and in 4-H about the importance of conservation. Cecil became a Master Mason in 1947 and has served for over 65 years in the Double Springs, Lamon Chapel and Black Creek Masonic Lodges. He became a born-again Christian at a very young age and raised his family to follow the Lord. He will be loved and missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley (Virgil) and Sara Noles Kilgore; along with two brothers and five sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice Manasco Kilgore; four children, Johnny Warren Kilgore and his wife, Pat of Birmingham, Mike Kilgore and his wife, Linda, of Pike Road, Rebecca Kilgore Smith and her husband, Mabry, of Jasper and Ricky Kilgore and his wife, Pat of Hartselle; one surviving sister, Lois McKeever of Nauvoo; along with nine grandchildren, Kelly Kilgore Treadwell and her husband, Tommy, Lee Beth Kilgore, Shane Kilgore, John Mac Kilgore, Jeremy Allen and wife, Rebecca, Rylan Kilgore, Holly Kilgore, Prince and husband Chris, Jenny Smith, and Katie Kilgore. He was the proud great-grandfather of six great-grandsons, Thomas Treadwell, Samuel Treadwell, James Treadwell, Wilson Kilgore, Cayden Allen and Sawyer Allen. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews that he loved.