Ernest “Cecil” Blystone was born the oldest of five on June 10, 1935, to Ernest and Neoma (Rodgers) Blystone, El Dorado Springs. Cecil passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
Cecil is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marilyn Blystone; mother, Neoma Blystone; sisters, Martha Bishop, Mary Zartman and Eva Spohn; children – Fred Blystone, Vicki Price, Donn Blystone, Donna Odgers and Megan Blystone; step children – Cathy Evans, Robin Anderson and Lee Stukesbary. He had 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; six step grandchildren, 12 step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest, and brother, Larry Blystone.
Cecil started butting his head against the system as early as age 15 when he decided he just didn’t need to go to school anymore. His mother told him he only had two choices, either go to school or go to work. So the next morning he got up and went to work at the shoe factory with his dad, which lead to a long life of hard work. Over the years he built houses, hand carved many pictures and inlays, made stained glass lamps, scrolled immaculate clocks, pieced carved wood into large wooden pictures, and built many sets of kitchen cabinets through his business, Blystone Cabinets. His work can be found as far north a Johnstown, NY, and south to Dallas, TX.
He was also known for his outspoken attitude, strong political beliefs and his flirtatious ways. He never wanted to get old so his daughter remembers as a young adult that while she was out for lunch with him he would let the older gents believe he was on a date. His grandchildren remember him always telling us “don’t call me Grandpa in front of the pretty ladies” not wanting his waitresses to know that he was an old man. He was always cracking a dirty joke or arguing about a political matter at the local coffee spots.
Cecil retired last year when he started having health issues, but still worked hard in retirement as he raised orchids in his green houses the past couple of years. Cecil seemed to know everything about our town and the people around. One of his coffee buddies even referred to him as one of the last historians for El Dorado Springs. His stories and half-witted charm will truly be missed by many.
Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Granddaughter Vannessa Hardy sang “Mansion Over The Hilltop” and “Amazing Grace.” Casketbearers were Jim Reeder, Bob Lawson, Randy Anderson, Howard Prescott, Vernal Henry, Eldon Stewart, Frank Koger, Jim Chism and Joseph Burnett Jr.
Interment was in Coal Hill Cemetery east of El Dorado Springs under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.