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Cecil Benjamin Depriest

February 1, 1924 - August 8, 2011
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Cecil Benjamin DePriest, 87, of Staunton passed away Monday morning, August 8, 2011 at his residence. He was born on February 1, 1924 in Staunton, son of the late Burleon and Anna Stiles DePriest. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, Allen and Hubert; a sister, Sarah Jarrell and great-granddaughter, Myrtle True. Mr. DePriest was a graduate of Beverly Manor High School, did post graduate work at Augusta Military Academy and attended Virginia Tech. He served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and was a life member of the 505th...
Cecil Benjamin DePriest, 87, of Staunton passed away Monday morning, August 8, 2011 at his residence.
He was born on February 1, 1924 in Staunton, son of the late Burleon and Anna Stiles DePriest.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, Allen and Hubert; a sister, Sarah Jarrell and great-granddaughter, Myrtle True.
Mr. DePriest was a graduate of Beverly Manor High School, did post graduate work at Augusta Military Academy and attended Virginia Tech. He served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and was a life member of the 505th Regimental Combat Team Association. During WWII, he was in the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes), Berlin Occupation, and marched with the Division in the New York Victory Parade. He loved to bass fish in local streams, using ultra light tackle and he enjoyed square dancing with the Flares & Squares and Golden Goofers. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and was retired from Nationwide Insurance, where he served as a claims adjuster for 30 years.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Thelma Mowry DePriest; two daughters, Martha DePriest Bushman and her husband William H. Bushman; Wanda DePriest True and her husband John E. True; grandchildren, Anne Bushman Bongiovanni and her husband Joseph, William Gentry Bushman and his fiancée Michelle Marks, Benjamin John True and his wife Denay; and Virginia Louise True; great-grandchildren, Katherine, Joseph, Harrison and Alan. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
A service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Central United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Sault officiating. Burial will follow at Thornrose Cemetery with full military honors by the 82nd Airborne Division, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Bushman, Joe Bongiovanni, Ben True, Ralph Mowry Jr., Randolph Mowry, William Mowry, Bruce Mowry and Mike Gilbert.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 18 West Frederick Street and at other times at the residence.
Memorial contributions may be made, in Cecil's memory, to Central United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 953, Staunton, VA 24401, Daily Living Center, 990 E. Hopeman Pkwy, Waynesboro, VA 22980 or the Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 215, Fishersville, VA 22939.
Relatives and friends may share memories and sign the guest register book online at www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

"Thelma, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. May God bless you and your family and bring you comfort in knowing he is at peace with God." Patsy Kanney (Stuarts Draft, VA)

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