Cecil Isbell, 80, of Ardmore died Monday, Feb. 5, 2021, at Crestwood Hospital from complications of the COVID-19 pneumonia.
Mr. Isbell was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Madison County to Floyd Rice and Louella Giles Isbell. He wa married to the former Kathalene Weaver Solomon for 36 years.
He was a 1959 graduate of Arab High School.
He could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. While serving in The National Guard of Alabama, he was introduced to photography and served as a photographer for the military, leading to his initial career as a commercial photographer. Always innovating, he started two successful businesses: Quality Photo Services in Huntsville and Photo Pronto One Hour Film Developing Labs located throughout Huntsville and North Alabama. His customers included Fortune 500 companies as well as Federal and State governments.
Pioneering ran in his family. He is a descendant of the First Families of Alabama. He enjoyed farming and raising Black Angus cattle in his spare time. He supplied major retailers with beef, and enjoyed his membership and friendships over the years in The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. He continued those interests throughout retirement.
He was a member of the Baptist faith and attended Marble Plains Baptist Church in Winchester, Tenn.
He is survived by his wife: Kathy Isbell of Ardmore; brother and sister-in-law: James Nolan and Peggy Martin Isbell of Arab; sister: Dorothy Reid of Arab; sisters-in-law: Carolyn Isbell of Arab and Roza Bozarth of Athens; step son: Barry Solomon of Huntsville; step daughter and son-in-law: Terri and Frank McGhee of Dallas, Texas; step grandchildren: Alexander and Lacey McGhee and Brian McGhee of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Kenneth Isbell of Arab and Garland Isbell of Athens.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Hazel Green Funeral Home followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m. with Randy Watts officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Marble Plains Baptist Church and Cemetery in Winchester, Tenn., with the Rev. Jack Hice officiating and Hazel Green Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers will be Alexander F. McGhee, Brian R. McGhee, Frank McGhee, Ray Hallmark, Chris Isbell and Robert Glenn.
Honorary pallbearer will be Lavelle Smalley.
Memorials may be made to the Marble Plains Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Cecil Isbell, 525 Marble Plains Rd, Winchester, Tenn., 37398.