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Cecil Preston Gosnell, Sr.

January 22, 1938 — October 12, 2023


Cecil Preston Gosnell, Sr., age 85, passed away at his home on Thursday, October 12, 2023.  He was a son of the late Joseph and Alta Pruitt Gosnell.  He was a hardworking and dedicated family man who built a successful career as the owner and operator of his own welding company. Born on January 22, 1938, in Tryon, North Carolina, Cecil's journey through life was defined by his strong work ethic and commitment to his loved ones.

In addition to his career accomplishments, Cecil served in the United States Air Force, demonstrating his patriotism and dedication to serving his country. His military service was a testament to his selflessness and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good.

Outside of work and military service, Cecil's true joy came from spending time with his cherished family. He was married to his beloved wife, Lillie Mae Grizzle Gosnell for an impressive 64 years. Their enduring love and unwavering commitment were an inspiration to all who knew them.

Cecil was a loving father to two sons, Cecil P. Gosnell, Jr, and Wayne Gosnell, grandfather of four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Those who had the privilege of knowing Cecil will always remember him as a kind-hearted man who could always be relied upon for support and guidance. He possessed a genuine warmth that made everyone feel welcome in his presence. Whether it was sharing stories or lending a helping hand when needed, Cecil's generosity knew no bounds.

To celebrate and honor Cecil's life, a visitation will take place on October 17, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Bethesda Baptist Church, located at 799 Bethesda Road in Spartanburg, SC. Following the visitation, a memorial service will be held at the same location from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM officiating will be Pastor Larry Holland.  These services will provide an opportunity for family and friends to come together and pay their respects to Cecil's remarkable life.

Cecil leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, and love that will continue to inspire future generations. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his memory will forever remain etched in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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