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Cecil Faries passed away on July 10, 2013. Cecil was Grande Chef de Gare in 1982-1983 and has been in a Bossier City Nursing Home for the past few years.


Visitation was held on Friday, July 12, 2013 and services took place on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Centuries Funeral Home on Mansfield Road was in charge of the arrangements.


Cecil Mack Faries, born Jan. 22, 1927, in Shreveport, LA, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 15. 1945. He was stationed in San Diego, CA, where he attended Radar School and was immediately shipped out to the Asiatic Pacific Area where he served as a Radar man Third Class on the destroyer USS Gregory (DD-802) and the submarine tender USS Beaver (ARG-19), until discharged on Aug. 1, 1946, in Bremerton, WA.


Upon discharge, he returned to Shreveport, LA where he attended Centenary College and graduated in 1951. He worked in oil related and industrial supply businesses for nearly 20 years. He was then employed by the Louisiana State Fair until his retirement in December 1992.


He joined Lowe-McFarlane American Legion Post 14 in 1946 and held several offices and served on several committees, culminating in his being elected Post Commander in 1995-1996. He also served the Legion at the 4th District level.


He was wrecked into Voiture Locale 137 of the 40 & 8 Society on March 10, 1962. Cecil served the Voiture well for 53 years in virtually every office and committee on record, including Garde de la Porte, Chef de Train #2, Chef de Train #1, Chef de Gare in 1975‑1976, Commissaire Intendant, president of the 1989 Southland’s Dixie Promenade, a longtime locomotive driver on the Train Crew and a member of the Wrecking Crew. He held numerous offices in the Grande Voiture du Louisiana, including Grand Chef de Gare in 1982-1983. He also served Voiture Nationale as Sous Commissaire Intendant Nationale, Cheminot Nationale, Alternate Cheminot Nationale, Lampiste Nationale, Sous Organizer Nationale and a member of the Finance Committee.


Cecil also served as President of the Louisiana Jurisdiction of the Woodmen of the World and as Monarch of Mithra Grotto. He was a 62 year Mason of W. H. Booth Lodge #380 F&AM, a Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason and belonged to the El Karubah Shrine Temple, Order of the Eastern Star, BPO Elks, Moose Lodge and Showmen’s League of America.