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October 18, 2021


Marion Cecil Wheat

April 21, 1926 - October 13, 2021

At the age of 95, Marion Cecil Wheat of the Crossroads community in Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, October 13,2021, at the Pearl River County Hospital in Poplarville, MS.

Cecil, as he was widely known, was a local house painter / contractor for many years before going to work and retiring from Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS. He was the oldest surviving member of Bethel Baptist Church in the Crossroads community.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of their two children, Alma Rice Wheat; his eldest son, Stanley Wheat, who passed away this March; his second wife, Vera Polk Wheat; his parents, Albert and Louella Wheat; two brothers, 4 sisters, and his best friend and “running buddy”, Newell Bush.

He is survived by his youngest son, Ronnie (Carol) Wheat of Brandon, MS; daughter in law, Cathy Wheat of Bogalusa, LA; five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, with two additional great grandchildren due in March of next year.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Bethel Baptist Church in the Crossroads Community with Rev. Billy Kent Smith officiating assisted by a special friend, Daniel Smith. A private burial will be held after the services.

Any memorial contributions in Cecil’s honor can be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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