Cecil Holbrook, Jr.

Cecil Holbrook, Jr.

Sunday, September 28th, 1952 - Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Cecil Holbrook, Jr., 67, of Coldwater, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, November 25, 2019 at his home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater. Cremation services have been provided by Dutcher Funeral Home.
Cecil was born September 28, 1952 in Albion, MI to Cecil & Elsie Mae (Smith) Holbrook. He graduated from Marshall High School and served in the US Army. Cecil married Cindy Cook on June 17, 1989 in Coldwater.
Mr. Holbrook worked 27 years at Michigan Carton in Battle Creek and 20 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections; Camp Branch, Florence Crane and Lakeland Prison. He enjoyed weight lifting, playing cards and watching movies with popcorn. Cecil loved music and was a fanatic about keeping his vehicles in mint condition. He also enjoyed watching sports and was a huge University of Michigan, Red Wings, Tigers and Lions fan. His greatest joy came from spending time with his daughter and his grandchildren.
Cecil is survived by his daughter and son- in- law Hayley and Nathan Smith of Quincy, his grandchildren Olivia, Henry and Isaac, his siblings LaVerne (John) Fay of Cincinnati, OH, Evenell (Bob) Monica of Port Townsend, WA, Louella (Walt) Hodge of Watervliet, Milene (Dennis) Martens of Whitehall, his former wife Cindy Shaffer, step son Todd Cook, mother-in-law Ellie Benjamin and sister-in-law Lori Batten all of Coldwater. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Delmer Holbrook.
Memorials may be directed to Lockwood Community Church or to the family.
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Posted at 05:38am
Cecil and I have known each other for a long time , way before our academy days. I use to harass him about smoking, I'd say how is lifting healthy when you smoke? " he'd say so I don't get fat and the women love it.
We were such close friends no conversation was off limits . I can remember him talking about how he loved his family, his daughter was his world.
At work we ended up on the same unit together at Camp Branch, at that time it was a women's facility his first words to me were " I will do all the paperwork, keep the book up answer all calls and run the window , oh and make any announcement, but you have to do all the rounds." He said it with the straight face ever so that's how we did it.
I could go on forever, but as time goes on we get older and our time is coming. I am so dearly sorry for your family's loss. Your father was a great man he has touch more people's lives than you will ever know.
In the Department of Corrections there's a whole different family your father had, enjoy there stories because we spend more than half our lives together

Connie Longcore

Posted at 08:11am
Cecil was so very much fun to flirt with at work. He had a great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. Haven't seen him in years but his memory lives with me always.

Dixie Pardoe

Posted at 06:58pm
So sorry to hear about Cecil. He was a neighbor and good friend from the time we were in grade school. I used to play dolls with his sister Milene. He's gone way to soon.

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