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Cecil Lynn George

August 29, 1952 January 28, 2011
Cecil Lynn George
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Cecil Lynn George, 58, of Altus, Oklahoma, died Friday, January 28th, 2011, at his home in Altus.

Cecil was born August 29, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Cleo and Evia May (Berry) George. Cecil got his first job at the Jewel Movie Theatre while attending college in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. While working as the janitor at the Jewel Movie Theatre, he met the love of his life, Ona Whittenburg, who was also the boss's daughter. On September 22, 1971, Kimberly Michelle was born and Cecil had his only daughter and his first joy of life. In 1972, Cecil and Ona flew to Las Vegas to be married, only to find out he was not at the age of consent, so therefore, the happily in love and eager to get married Cecil and Ona flew back to Missouri to have his mother sign a consent form to get married. They gathered up enough money and returned to Vegas to say their vows.

On December 20th, 1973, Robert L. George arrived and was the spitting image of Cecil. Robert George was a little "mini-me" of Cecil.

Cecil pursued his career in the movie industry and was employed by Martin Theatres in 1974. He traveled for Martin Theatres to several towns throughout his career. Carmike Cinemas bought Martin Theatres in 1982 and moved Cecil to run the Plaza Theatre and the Cinema Theatre in Altus, Oklahoma. He successfully operated the Plaza and Cinema Theatres in Altus through 1989, when he left Carmike Cinemas to pursue his own career. In 1989, David Mason, Todd Mason, and Cecil George partnered together to build Heritage Park Theatre in Altus.

In 1991, Cecil and his son, Robert, formed their partnership and opened George's Used Cars in Altus. The partnership created an explosion of business ventures for Cecil and Robert. Robert and Cecil bought out his partners in Heritage Park Theatres in late 1994. Robert and Cecil longed and desired to grow their company. In 1995, they opened another car lot called George's Used Cars in Elk City, Oklahoma. In 1996, the great partnership of father and son added a new business to the portfolio Heritage Park Theatres of Elk City.

Late 1997, the Georges sold the car lots and decided to build a new six screen theatre located in Chickasha, Oklahoma, which opened in 1999. In 2000, the Georges acquired Sho-west 3 and Rt. 66 Drive-In in Weatherford, Oklahoma. In 2001, Cecil and Robert bought the Country Palace, also known as The Palace Nightclub in Elk City. Cecil retired in 2006. He was a loving man, a father, a friend, and was also known as the "Movie Guy."

Preceded in death by his parents, Cecil is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Parsons of Chickasha, Oklahoma; his son, Robert George of Elk City, Oklahoma; one sister, Emma Brown of Evansville, Indiana; six grandchildren, Charles J. George, Alisha Parsons, Cecilia King, Robert Lecrone, Robert Nunez, and Travis Spradlin, and by several other relatives and many friends.

The family will greet friends Wednesday, February 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Lowell Tims Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Cecil George will be held 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2011, at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Reverend Erin Martinez officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Cemetery in Altus under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.

On line tributes may be made to the family at

4:00 PM

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