November 17, 1950 ~ July 4, 2021

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Centertown, KY

Michael “Wayne” Cecil, 70, of Centertown, Kentucky passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Owensboro Medical Hospital. He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on November 17, 1950 to Vincent and Elsie Mae Payne Cecil.

Wayne attended Blessed Mother School, then Owensboro Catholic High School. He was a member of Blessed Mother Catholic Church. Wayne retired after 35 years at Modern Supply Co. Wayne proudly served in the National Guard. Wayne loved being outdoors and loved animals. He adopted many feral cats. Wayne was broken hearted at the recent passing of his devoted dog, John-John. He leaves behind his pet cat, Precious. Wayne’s favorite hobbies were fishing, cooking, and grilling with his brothers. He would always cook extra food to share with others. Wayne was a selfless soul who was known to be very generous with a servant’s heart, helping less fortunate individuals. He loved to gift others, especially at Christmas. He made his own recipe of delectable snacks, much to the delight of others.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Chastity (Corey) Claywell; his grandson, Kodi, of Taylorsville; his siblings, Al (Linda), Donnie (Vicki), Kenny (Sheila), Marty (Phyllis), and Perry Cecil; and his nieces, Kelli (Anthony) Oxley, Victoria and Emily Cecil, and Teresa (Fred) Embry; and his nephews, Chris, Brian (Laura), and Bradley (Lauren) Cecil.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; and the Owensboro Humane Society.

A celebration of life service will be scheduled by the family at a later date.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Cecil. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Michael “Wayne” Cecil and sign his virtual guestbook by going to www.haleymcginnis.com

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  1. Chastity, your father will be missed. Wayne was a great neighbor on Ashland Ave. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  2. Wayne was a good man, and was in our family for over 40 years, he will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts. He was a giving soul and always reaching out to help people. I will always remember his laugh and the way he tried to spoil the children in our family, Rest in peace Wayne, we send our Love and prayers to the Cecil family.

  3. Chastity I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. We will sure miss you uncle Wayne. We will miss how much you loved cooking & eating it as well. Gone too soon. Prayers to Chastity, Vickie & family.

  5. It’s just so unreal that you are gone. You were one of the most kind-hearted and generous people I have ever met. I am grateful you are at peace now and with Grandma and Grandpa, and your beloved dog John-John. You will be dearly missed by anyone who had the privilege to meet you. Praying for Chastity, Vickie and all of the Cecil family. Love, Kelli, Anthony & Kendall

  6. I have known Wayne since 1993. He was there to help me learn about welding supplies, he was a mentor then quickly became a friend. He has a kind generous heart that I have seen and experienced first hand. I could expect a call to see what I needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas diner. If there was a picnic that he liked the food from he would gift me and my family with some BBQ and burgoo then call later to see if we liked it. It always warmed his heart to give to others that is how I will always remember him. Rest In Peace my friend.

  7. Sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Worked at Modern also he loved helping people and was a kind person.

  8. I am sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. Though we do not always stay in touch down thru the years, we always have our memories. Peace to you..Cousin Brenda

  9. +My deepest sympathies to my cousins for the loss of your brother, Wayne. This will be another solemn occasion when we shall come together again to see each other, I wish we can gather as a family as we did many years ago each summer to celebrate our family before we lose another. May God keep and watch over Wayne and each and everyone of us.

  10. Dearest Wayne, Donnie and my hearts are broken. It isn’t real to us that you are gone, even though we missed you the second you left. Life won’t be the same without you. You’ve been such a big part of Donnie’s life as a brother and friend, and you were more like a brother to me than a brother-in-law. Hardly a day went by that you and Donnie didn’t talk or a couple days would pass that you two didn’t make plans to do something together. You always lit up the room with your laughter and bright personality. Thank you for being so good to our children, our extended family and Murphy. You always made our children feel important and loved by you. Murphy loved it when you would take him for walks. You would take him at times when it was hot or cold outside and we knew you didn’t feel well. But that was you, always wanting to make others happy, even our dog! His tale would always wag when he saw you arrive! Thank you also for sharing your wonderful food with us. You were a great cook and so generous with your dishes. You will be greatly missed at Thanksgiving and other family meals and occasions. Those will always be fun memories we will never forget. We wanted so badly for you to get well, and prayed you weren’t in pain while you were in the hospital so long. There must have been an angel needed in Heaven, for God had a different plan for you. RIP dear brother and brother-in-law. You will be a part of our hearts until we see you again!

  11. Words can not describe how I feel. My Dad was a amazing soul who was loved by many. I can’t believe he is no longer with us. I will carry him in my heart forever. If you knew him you were truly blessed. He cared for many and I have many memories to carry with me until we meet again. I love you Dad❤ I want to thank everyone for such kind words. It means a lot to myself and our family. God bless…

  12. Chastity, Donnie, Vicki, and all my cousins and their spouses…words cannot express how truly sorry I am for the loss of Wayne. Though growing up I didn’t see Wayne awhole lot, the memories I do have I will treasure. He was one of the great ones…so kind, loving, funny, and always doing for others above himself. He lead by example with a servant’s heart and loved his family with all his heart. He will be truly missed here on earth by so many but rest assured one day we will all be united when our time on earth is done. What a glorious reunion that will be! Hold tight to all the sweet & previous memories of Wayne. He isn’t far…you have another angel to watch over you! Love and hugs to all!

  13. Bill and I were sorry to hear about Wayne. Vicki is my cousin and we were praying for Wayne once we heard he was in the hospital. Although we did not know him personally, we felt like we knew him through Vicki and Donnie. The stories we have read here should inspire each of us to be more like Wayne. What a kind hearted and giving person. We pray for the Cecil family and know that God will comfort each of you.

    • Thank you Gloria and Bill. You would have really liked Wayne. He was a kind soul. We miss him so much. Love, Donnie and Vicki

  14. I remember Wayne from our Little League and Babe Ruth days. He is a friend I’ll never forget.

  15. Kenny and Shelia,
    Sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Spiritual peace to you during this sorrowful time. May Wayne rest in peace.

    • Thank you Donna. Wayne was so special. We miss him so much already. Donnie and Vicki Cecil (brother and sister-in-law)

    • Thank you Mike and Sheila. We were truly expecting Wayne would go home. Life is too short! Thank you for your prayers. Donnie and Vicki Cecil

  16. So Sorry to hear about “Weiners” Wayne and I were buddies in the 8th grade at Blessed Mother and through high school. I didn’t see him much after that just a few times. A great guy and family. Jim Fogle

  17. Wayne was one of the,”Good Ol Boys”, from the Crooked Creek days of the 70’s. Haven’t seen him for years but it doesn’t seem like so long ago… Rest In Peace, good Buddy. Our prayers are with you…

  18. I knew Wayne from my childhood days and always thought he was a great guy. I am very sad to hear of his passing. I lost track of him over the years.

  19. We were so saddened to hear about Wayne’s passing. Vicki Cecil is my sister and Donnie is my brother in law. Wayne was such a dear brother and brother in law to them. Vicki kept all our family updated while Wayne was in the hospital and we were all praying that he could pull thru this. God must have had other plans and needed an Angel. I wasn’t around Wayne a lot, but when I did see him he was always so friendly. I always loved hearing how the brothers would get together and grill and the best part is how they’d share what they cooked with others. Wayne was such a caring and giving guy and I know how he’ll be sadly missed. Our prayers are with his family and all those who loved him in this most difficult time.
    Terri and Wade Barton

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