Cecil E. Whitfield

Cecil E. Whitfield “Gene”, 85, was born in Gastonia, NC on July 4, 1932 and passed away at his home on August 21, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Gene served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1955 and graduated from East Carolina University in 1960.  He worked as an accountant for the DuPont Company for 30 years, retiring in 1989.  Gene was predeceased by his mother, Anna Mae Southerland and his father, Lonnie Whitfield.

Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth; his sister, Betty McDonald; his daughters, Deborah Beideman, Joann Gundlach (Will) and Patricia Pietschmann (Ray); his sons, Thomas and Christopher (Lynn); his 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11 AM at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 where friends may call after 9:30 AM. Burial with military honors will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent St. John the Beloved Church at the above address.



Submitted by The Smiths on
We wanted to share our condolences with the family and friends of Cecil. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Submitted by Marie on
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to the Whitfield family. Right now there's no detour around grief, no shortcut through mourning. However 2 Corinthians 4:7 says that God can give us, "... power beyond what is normal", to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. We recover because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28, "... all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out ". Jesus was referring to the resurrection, this is our amazing hope! The Bible likens our hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us, keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Corinthians 1:3 describes our Creator as, "... the God of all comfort ". One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort be your comfort now during this time of sorrow.

Submitted by Olivia on
I'm so sorry for your loss, it's painful to lose someone you love. I would like to share with you and your family and friends an encouraging message from the Bible. Revelation 21:4 promises us that he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain will be any more. The former things have passed away. You could be in pain right now but very soon God is going to turn things around and we know that for sure because the Bible gives us that promise. And the Bible is God`s word. Please read those scriptures with your Bible. I hope this message gives you courage during this time of bereavement.