Cecil Howard Herline, Sr.

cecil herline, sr.

October 11, 1928 ~ April 23, 2011

Born in: Boling, TX
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Cecil Howard Herline, Sr of Lawerenceville, Ga passed away Saturday, April 23rd 2011. He was the son of Joseph Alexander and Margie Matthews Herline. He was born October 11, 1928 in Boling, TX. He is survived by his wife of 59 years and 11 months, Patsy Graves Herline, children Mrs. Karen and David Whitford of Little Rock, AR, Mr. Cecil H. and Debra Herline Jr. of Lakeland FL, Dr Alan J. and Carol Herline, Mrs. Kim and Richard Bortz of Lawrenceville, GA, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and his brother Richard Herline of Yuma, AZ. He served with pride during the Korean War as a 2nd Lt in the Army Engineers Corps. He earned a B.S. from McNeese State University and taught physics and chemistry at LaGrange HS in Lake Charles, LA. His love of people led him into sales. He eventually joined Lanier Business Products where he retired as Sr Exec Vice President prior to taking a position with Omni Business Products in Atlanta. At his request his body has been donated to the Medical College of Georgia. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Georgia Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2303 Parklake Dr. Suite 210 Atlanta, GA 30345 in honor of Ethan May. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday April 26th at Briarlake Baptist Church, 3715 Lavista Rd., Decatur, GA 30033. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. Cecil was a great salesman and changed my career when I hired him in Lake Charles La. He had a heart to help others and was high energy in every way. He had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and that was obvious to everyone. I loved working with him greatly and am very sad at his passing. All my best to the family!

  2. Always smiling and often saying “you’re as pretty as a speckled pup under a red pea vine”! All the ladies loved hearing it altho we knew he said the same thing to all of us.

    Visiting his home, getting to know his lovely family and sweet wife, Patsy…visiting with them at their church in Florida one Easter long ago…and many encounters at business and fun events over a period of many years…lots of memories.

    One thought that makes me smile when I have an “ice cream” craving attack…Cecil would be my “partner in crime” on business trips. We never paid attention to the time…I knew I could count on Cecil for an afternoon or late evening indulgence of a huge dish of ice cream. Patsy and Wes just smiled and watched us ‘dig in’.

    To Cecil’s family: Altho we have not had the pleasure of fellowship in many years, we are sad that Cecil has left. To know that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” is a reality for Cecil brings great comfort.

  3. I was saddened to hear of Cecil’s passing.
    He hired my husband Charlie way back in 1968 for Lanier Business Products in Tampa, FL. That led to a 33 year career at Lanier, and close relationship with Cecil. Charlie loved him and respected him and considered him a mentor for many years. He was a darling of a man. I have many happy memories of company trips with him and Patsy, what fun fellowship we had.
    He was generous and loving, and his family meant everything to him.
    I hope he has looked Charlie up by now, and they are reminiscing about the good old days!
    My sincerest sympathy to Patsy and his wonderful family.
    With love,

  4. Patsy and family, although working with Cecil for a short time, I have many fond memories. His great sense of humor and his compassion towards those he worked with will never be forgotten. Although my personal contact with Cecil ended many years ago, I’ll miss him!

    I can recall one trip to the West coast with Cecil when I addressed a district sales force following a blitz. I advised the sales reps that I wanted to share with them what I did as an employee of the Marketing Department, i.e., what my job was; Cecil’s comeback was that “he’d also be very interested in learning what I did as a Marketing Department employee”.

    May God bless you and your family at this time of loss; Cecil now abides with the Lord.

    Stan Lee

  5. Every now and then someone comes along and influences your life in a very positive way. Cecil was one of those people to both me and my wife, Ann.

    I consider myself fortunate to have had the honor of working with and reporting to Cecil through many years of working for Lanier. Both Ann and I are deeply saddened by his passing, and extend sincere condolences to Patsy and the rest of his entire family.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I worked with Mr. Herline, as he was known to me, for many years at Lanier Business Products. He was a leader, friend and loved to give you help when needed. He always had time to talk with you and to make you smile. He will be missed by many. He was such a great person to know.


  7. Mr. Herline as I knew him was a man of character. He was a great salesman, businessman and christian. He always had an encouraging word for those he came in contact with and a smile on his face.

    I always had a great deal of respect for my brothers ability to be able to find the true character of a person. I can tell you that Cecil Herline was high on Charlie’s list of people with great character.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Herline’s family at this time of loss for them. Cecil is with the Lord.

    Ron Cobb

  8. I came to know Mr and Mrs Herline when his son Alan and I attended Vanderbilt Univ. Alan graciously shared his family with myself and others when the Herlines made many visits for football games and such. Mr. Herline was so very generous to me and always made me feel a part of his family. I know the kind of friend Alan is to me is in large part due to the Godly influence of Mr. and Mrs. Herline. My life is greatly blessed for knowing Mr. Herline and his family. God’s gain is our loss until the day we will join Mr. Herline in the presence of Jesus our Lord.

  9. Mr. Herline was an inspriation to me during my career at Lanier.He truly was the mark of integrity.
    I know he is in a better place now that he has been called home. May the Lord give comfort to his family at this time of need.

  10. Mr. Herline is fondly remembered by all of us at Vanderbilt Stallworth. His courage and determination each and every day served as an inspiration to all of us here. We wish the best to Mrs. Herline and her wonderful family. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

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