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Cecil Louie Allred

Cecil Louie Allred, Sr., 94, died Friday, August 20, 2010.

The visitation and funeral were held at Hazlehurst United Methodist Church.
 on Sunday, August 22, 2010.  Interment will follow at the Hazlehurst Cemetery.

Cecil Louie was born on October 12, 1915 in Barlow. He moved to Hazlehurst,
 at an early age and lived there until 2005. Married to Grace Hopper on July
9, 1937; they had three sons, Cecil Louie Allred, Jr., Chester Hopper Allred and
Dr. William Stanton Allred. 
Cecil loved Hazlehurst and served his beloved community in many official
capacities. He was a founder and charter member of the Hazlehurst Lion’s Club,
receiving the highest honor for community involvement and leadership after 50
years of faithful service. He served as President of the Hazlehurst Chamber of
Commerce, served on the Hazlehurst School Board for 15 years.  He was a founding father of Copiah Academy.
Active in Mississippi politics, he served as Copiah county chairman for former
governors, Paul Johnson and John Bell Williams.  He was also county chairman for
senators, Jim Eastland and John Stennis.  

In 1939, he opened Allred’s Pharmacy; he was active on the state level of the
Mississippi Pharmacy Association.  He served as president of Mississippi State
Pharmacy Association. During this time, he was instrumental in getting the State
to give a grant to begin the research department in the Pharmacy School at
University of Mississippi.  The research department has been very successful in
the medical field. The University of Mississippi Pharmacy School honored Cecil
L. Allred, Sr. by taking him with the research team to their Laboratory in
Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean. He received the Bowl of Hygeia National Award at
one of the State Pharmaceutical Conventions.
He was a long-standing and active member of Hazlehurst United Methodist
Church.   He taught Sunday school, served as President of the men’s club for
years, served as President on the church’s board of trustees, was a member of
the Church’s administrative board and Church treasurer. He volunteered to preach
at many of the area’s small churches, often taking his sons with him.  He also
taught Bible study class at the Pine Crest Nursing Home.

He began attending Tulane University at the age of sixteen and although he only
attended for one year, he continued to love Tulane his whole life. During his
year there he became President of the Freshman Pharmacy Class and assisted with
the chemistry lab. He also attended the University of Mississippi, where he
received his degree in Pharmacy. He was a faithful Ole Miss alumni, attending
all ball games.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Alma and Louie Allred and his
sister, Mildred Barrett.

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