WWII veteran’s funeral
Loved ones of World War II veteran and Pascagoula native Tommie Cecil Stork, better known as Cecil, laid him to rest today. News 25’s Caroline Eaker was on hand at Midway Methodist Church in Moss Point as family and friends paid their final respects.
Not even old age and declining health could stop Cecil Stork from being a passionate American. At 96, Cecil was still an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3373 in his hometown of Pascagoula. VFW 3373 Commander David Pettys said, “Most of us had a hard time keeping up with him. When we would go out to lay the flags at the local veteran’s cemeteries, he was always in front of us leading the charge.”
Tommie Cecil Stork was a member of the VFW in Pascagoula for over 50 years. That’s how he will be remembered by the dozens of people at his funeral as someone who loved his country. Cecil’s daughter, Tina Thames, said, “He was very passionate about the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Up until just two years ago, at 96, he was going over to the VA Hospital playing bingo with the patients over there. He would put flags out at all the military cemeteries even up around North Mississippi. He was a commander of the VFW at 96.”
Cecil served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and saw action in the Pacific during the Invasion of Okinawa, but when returning to Mississippi after the war, Cecil found another passion. “He loved to oyster. He loved to fish. He was instrumental in getting the oyster reefs planted back after the storms. That was another passion of his,” said Thames.
Nothing could stand against Cecil’s first love, his country, and giving back to those who also served. “I have got to go see those old people over there and he would be 94, 95, 96, we have to go over there and have bingo with the old people, but he loved interacting with them over there,” said Thames.