Cecil Casper Roth

Born: Tue., Dec. 23, 1947
Died: Thu., Aug. 14, 2014

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Location: The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm

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Cecil Casper Roth

Cecil Casper Roth, age 66, of Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 at his residence following a long and courageous battle with cancer, throughout which his strength and optimism was an inspiration to all. Born in Hays, Kansas on December 23, 1947, he married Linda Welty on November 24, 1979.  Cecil was raised on a farm, the son of the late Cecil Joseph Roth and Hermina Schmidtberger Roth. He graduated from Fort Hays State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation he joined IBM and was trained to be a programmer at the forefront of the country’s information technology revolution.  As a programmer and later a senior program manager, he helped shape the country’s technology infrastructure:  from his earliest job at the Pentagon, to the country’s early FAA air traffic control system, to NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, and the country’s Space Defense Operations Center, or SPADOC.  Following a distinguished career with IBM, Cecil joined Perot Systems and became instrumental in systems integration within the country’s banking industry as it consolidated.  When he and his wife, Linda’s careers took them overseas, he oversaw systems integration projects across Germany, the U.K. and the Middle East.   Cecil was a strong advocate of Linda’s career as well, often moving to accommodate her career advancement.

Cecil possessed a zest for life, a passion for adventurous travel, for gourmet cooking, fine food and wine, and fast cars.  He loved music and the arts, with a natural talent for design and photography.  Cecil’s passion for technology extended into his retirement, and kept him on the bleeding edge of all things electronic.  He loved problem-solving and could always apply the latest in technology to his solutions, be they in the kitchen, his art, home electronics, or the design of one of the many homes Cecil and Linda built.  Cecil had a natural warmth and an unpretentious, genuine curiosity about people, which made engaging with friends or strangers natural and easy.  With his quick wit, he could inject fun and humor into any situation with his unforgettable laugh and smile.  In spite of his illness, with his positive energy, he defied the odds for many years, continuing to travel the globe with Linda, sometimes including family and friends, and typically off the beaten path.

In addition to his loving wife, Linda, he is survived by two children with his former wife, Sharon Thompson:  Todd Roth and his wife Lara, Rachel Sherman and her husband Darrel; a sister, Donna Gartin; two brothers, Harold Roth and Terry Roth; and 5 grandchildren, Ben, Will and Sam Sherman and Sofia and Luke Roth.

A tribute and celebration of Cecil’s life will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Barn at Crooked Pines Farm located at 355 Harmony Road, Eatonton, GA  31024. In lieu of flowers, Cecil has requested donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PANCAN at http://www.pancan.org/ or to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, http://cholangiocarcinoma.org/.. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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Bobby Schoen
   Posted Tue August 19, 2014
I was lucky to get to know and spend time with Cecil and Linda usually at my parents home at RP (Bob and Jean). I really enjoyed our lively conversations and his great sense of humor, I'll miss Cecil and always remember the good times...drinking wine usually. Thanks for making me think and laugh Cecil!!

Don & Robbi Caggiano
   Posted Tue August 19, 2014
We'll miss Cecil's wonderful and warm personality. He had a great way of making everyone feel special. He left us way too soon and he'll be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Linda who loved him much.

Mary La Fountain & Glenn Fifarek
   Posted Tue August 19, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of Cecil's passing and regret we cannot attend the service as we are in Wisconsin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mary and Glenn

Lisa Werth
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
Bill and I were saddened to hear of Cecil's passing. Always enjoyed his sense of humor and his zeal for life. We are sorry we won't be able to attend his memorial in Kansas, but our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Bill and Lisa

Reg and helen Hall
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
A lovely man; we wish we had known him better. Our hearts go out to the family.

Rod and Michelle Fairbank
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
It only took a minute the first time we met Cecil and Linda to know that he was the real deal. We met them at a Roth family wedding and boy did we have fun! Cecil was so warm, friendly and funny we felt like we had known him forever! We are friends of his brother Terry and his wife Laurie. Along with their boys, they shared many stories about Cecil and are very proud of his accomplishments. What is most important to them is their relationship with him. Cecil will be sorely missed but he leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Cathy & Tony Witte
   Posted Sat August 23, 2014
Tony & I have you in our thoughts and prayers. All our best, Cathy & Tony

Jean Maillie
   Posted Sun September 07, 2014
I was so sorry to hear from Vicki about Cecil's death. It's been years since I've seen you (back on Lake Norman) but remember you both as such a loving couple. Embrace your friends and family and reach out to other widows...it really helps. After 5 years, I'm still adjusting to it, but some day you will breathe easy again.
All my best,

Mike Engoron
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Perhaps not too late to post about Cecil -- I knew Cecil in the now long past days of his Houston life. We worked together at IBM on the Space Shuttle program but mostly went out drinking and carousing together as Cecil was between marriages. As noted, he was a funny and warm guy who most everyone, especially females, liked.

Favorite memory -- We got up from our table at a club, after several beverages, and Cecil's bum knee (sports injury?) gave out which led him to trip a bit and completely clear the next table of drinks and food. Right onto the laps of three large guys and their dates. Reaction number one: Must.Not.Laugh. Number two: Apologize profusely. Cecil had enough charm to pull this off and we escaped without a bar fight.

A good guy, gone too soon.