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Delila Elizabeth Johnson Cecil
Date: 1/6/2018
Location: Thomasville

Mrs. Delila Cecil, 97, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 6, 2018. Delila was the youngest of 10 children born in Davidson County to Levi and Annie Johnson. She was a true “Farm Woman,” who enjoyed growing and harvesting her vegetable gardens, planting family heirloom flowers, tending livestock, and providing for her family. She loved reading, especially the Bible and daily devotions, and working puzzles of all types. Delila attended Kennedy School and Hasty High School, where she was voted “Prettiest Girl” of her 1937 graduating class. After graduation, she was employed by the Adams-Millis Corporation in High Point. She grew up attending Wesleyan Methodist and Zion Reformed churches and was a member of Zion United Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, Delila was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, daughter Ronda Smith, and son Keith. Delila was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who helped in the care and raising of granddaughters Erin and Lori before and after the death of their mother Ronda. Surviving members of the immediate family include daughter Karen Smith and her husband George. Other surviving family include granddaughters and great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 12:00 noon at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville. Pastor Kelly Hawkins will officiate the service. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service from 10:30 – 11:30 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at the Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to Gideons International or Hospice of the Piedmont. Delila wrote the following message and tucked it inside her Bible: “I’d rather have a rosebud from the garden of a friend then all the flowers in the world when life had reached its end.” (Author Unknown) Online condolences may be sent to


Loved going home with Grand Aunt Delila and Erin after she and my mother would have their hair styled at Ruth Newby's Beauty Shop. Mentioned that to her last time we talked and she said, "I haven't thought of Ruth Newby in years!" She remembered things like that and I wish I would have visited again to hear her talk about old family stories and look through old pictures. What a beautiful and sweet lady she was!!!
~ Tricia HicksGregg Clarksville , Virginia
God bless all the family what treasured memories you have to comfort you all of your life
~ Michael Gates Winston Salem , North Carolina
God bless this family. Thank You Delia for all the beautiful memories you left for all of us to remember. All My Love, Ronnie
~ Gerald Ronald Cheek Thomasville , North Carolina
Rest in Peace Aunt Delila. Such a beautiful soul. When I was in NC this past summer taking care of Mom I often thought of you and how you were doing.You have the best seat in the house now.
~ Kay Cecil Monticello , Iowa