Cecil Houston: Celebration of Life at Elizabeth Baptist
Cecil Houston, the beloved band leader at Jackson High School, passed away last week. The 36-year-old is survived by his wife and four children.
"He was a great guy, a great guy." - 'Brother' of Cecil Houston
Cecil Houston II, who left a legacy at Jackson High School and Clark Atlanta University is remembered as a dedicated and devoted person to his family, school and community.
Mr. Houston, 36, was the band leader at Jackson High School. He died Dec. 30 after collapsing at a friend's home. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Fantara; four sons, Cecil III, 10; Christian, 9; Cahron, 6, and Colin, 5.
Richard Williams, the Engineering & Early College Academy Leader at Jackson, told East Atlanta Patch that Houston was a "great person, loving husband and doting father."
A native of Brownwood, Texas, Mr. Houston moved to Atlanta as a teen and is a 1994 graduate of North Atlanta High School.
He received his bachelor's degree in music education at Clark Atlanta University in 2000. He met his wife at CAU in the marching band that both had joined.
"The 5th Quarter" — the Wake — was held at CAU's Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center at the corner of James P. Brawley Dr. SW and Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, on Monday, Jan. 7.
The Celebration of Life Services is being held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road SW.