Cecil Eugene Farmer
Sequoyah High School ~ Student 1950s
CONEHATTA, MS -- Services for Cecil Eugene Farmer (Seq.Cls 1956), 69, were Wed. Nov. 30, 2005, in the Conehatta Community Facility Building. Services were officiated by Brother Eddie Johnson and Herbert Boyles.
Pallbearers were DeWayne Farmer, Bruce Wilson, Shawn Grant, Tonka Wallace, Doug Trumbley, Elter Wilson, Richard Ferris and Greg Tubby Sr. Honorary pallbearers: Roy Smith, Melvin Gibson, Roy Hill, Gary Chickaway and Howard Billie.
Interment followed in the Conehatta Community Cemetery.
Cecil Farmer left this world on Novenber 27, 2005, to be with our Heavenly Father and our Brother Jesus Christ. Cecil was the son of Raymond Martin and Mary Lou Farmer. Cecil had just celebrated his 69th birthday on October 20 (1937).
Cecil attended Sequoyah Indian School in Tahlequah, Okla. for 2 years, from 1954 until graduation in 1956. He excelled in football and Basketball. He served in the Oklahoma National Guard while in high school.
He married Alicia Davis , the daughter of Sequoyah's maintenance supervisor Laska Davis, in November 1955. They had two children: Laska E. Farmer and Tee Nonia Farmer. They separated in the early 1970s.
In 1958, Cecil began his career in Indian school service in Wyandotte Okla. as a dormitory attendent at Seneca Indian School. While at Seneca he was also a Boy Scout Leader, coached football, boys and girls basketball.
While working at Seneca, he attended classed at Northeastern Oklahoma Jr. College in Miami, Okla; graduating in 1965.
Cecil served at Seneca for 10 years and in 1969, transferred to Missisippi to be closer to "home."
Cecil's home was located in the Standing Pine Community where he and his family had lived since 1997. However, his heart always belonged to his "home" Conehatta Community, "God's Country" as he called it.
Cecil spent 17 years as Dormitory Supervisor at Choctaw Central High School. Cecil enjoyed working with high school students and often called them his children. Many young men and women affectionately referred to Cecil as "Big Daddy."
When Cecil was not working, he was playing Community League Basketball with the mighty Outlaws ball team, made up of Walter (T-Lloyd) Wilson, Melvin Gibson, Wayne Gibson, Edwin Martin, Eddie Gibson, Howard Billie and several others. Their team became so famous they have a permanent place in the archives at the Neshoba Library.
Cecil was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, who was killed in a Pacific Campaign during WWII; his mother, Mary Lou Farmer and a sister Catherine, who passed away at age 2.
Cecil leaves behind his wife, Mary White Farmer; two sons: Laska E. Farmer of Tahlequah, Okla. and Brenton Wayne Farmer of Conehatta, Miss.; two daughters: Tee Nonia Farmer of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Skye Erin Bell of Philadelphia, Miss.; sisters: Jessie Wallace of Brandon, Miss., Donna Denson of Conehatta, Miss., Ruth Ann Ferris of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Ellen Gail Wilson of Carthage, Miss.; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, 23 foster children and a host of nieces and nephews. Two aunts: Lillie Gibson and Grace Smith.
Cecil will be greatly missed by family and friends. His smile, slap on the back, humor and generous, compassionate nature was a ray of sunshine as well as hope.