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April 10, 2018


Cecil Ellis Wanninger

We thank God for the life of Cecil Ellis Wanninger, father of Mike Wanninger (Linda), Dixie Robinson (Bud), and Mary Susan Laney (Ken), who passed away on April 6 at the age of 92.   A copy of Mr. Wanninger's obituary is listed below.  May God's Holy Spirit comfort and uphold the entire Wanninger family. 

Cecil Ellis Wanninger was born September 12, 1925 in Birmingham, Alabama and went home to join his wife of 64 years, Mary Elizabeth Merrett Wanninger, on April 6, 2018. He is survived by his three children (and their spouses): Michael Ellis Wanninger (Linda), Mary Susan Wanninger Laney (Ken), and Dixie Ann Wanninger Robinson (Bud). He deeply loved his seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who are all blessed to continue sharing that love with one another. Upon graduating from Woodlawn High School in January 1944, Ellis enlisted into the US Army and completed basic training at Fort Knox Kentucky before joining the 20th Armored Division at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. He was deployed to Europe, entering Normandy at Le Havre, France in December 1944. He served in the last official European theatre battle at the elite SS barracks in Munich, Germany and was discharged as Staff Sargent in 1945 before being called back into the Army in December 1951 to serve in Korea. Ellis graduated Howard College (now Samford University) in 1949 with a degree in business administration. While at the university he founded the Sportsman Club, a student group to bring football back to Howard College, and served as President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. His alma mater pride continued by serving as Samford University Alumni Association President for 3 years and eventually being named Alumni of the Year at Samford University in 1984. He held season tickets to Samford Basketball for over 60 years and the program never knew a bigger fan. Ellis retired as Senior Vice President of Finance and Comptroller of McGriff, Seibels and Williams. Ellis was a faithful servant of his Lord Jesus Christ and was a charter member of the Huffman Presbyterian Church. He was president of Huffman Presbyterian Men of the Church, president of Birmingham Presbytery Men of the Church, and president of Young Adult Fellowship for both Huffman Presbyterian Church and Birmingham Presbytery. He was Commissioner to General Assembly for Presbyterian Church US and at the time of his death was a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church. In all the roles in which he lived, he was known for his charitable actions, humble wisdom, good humor, and genuine prayers. His family was his pride and joy and he provided lifelong support of the educational goals of his children and grandchildren. He believed that no one should find success at the expense of causing harm to another, and he lived that out in every aspect of his life. All who loved him are now left to carry on his legacy of love, devotion, and compassion. Memorials may be sent to South Highland Presbyterian Church, Adult Day Care Center. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM at South Highland Presbyterian Church, 2035 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 with the Rev. Dr. Larry Michael officiating.


Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 11, 2018