Cecil Claude "C.C." Orear Jr., 92, of Marshall, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at The Living Center in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Longwood Cemetery in Longwood. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Longwood Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born March 24, 1918, in Sedalia, he was the son of the late Cecil Orear and Velma Thorpe Orear of the Longwood community. He was a 1936 graduate of Marshall High School, a 1940 graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall and a 1942 graduate of University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1942 and in 1992 was designated as a senior counselor after 50 years of service. On Dec. 22, 1962, in St. Louis, he married Emma Frances Lewis, who preceded him in death Jan. 28, 2006.
While in school he was employed part-time by Barth Clothing Co. in Columbia and Missouri Valley Store in Marshall. He served in the U.S. Army from September of 1942 to March of 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater and at various posts in the United States. His last active service was with the 182nd Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment. Following his World War II service he was employed by several federal agencies, including the Veterans Administration Department of Agriculture and the General Accounting Office in St. Louis. He retired from GAO in 1980 and returned to Marshall to manage family-owned farms and properties.
Survivors include several cousins and three nephews.