OXFORD, Miss. (OleMissSports.com) – Former Ole Miss pitcher Cecil Burford, who helped lead the Rebels to the 1956 College World Series, passed away Thursday in Madison, Mississippi.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville. Graveside service and interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice in his honor.
Burford was predeceased by a son in 1969. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, their two sons Cecil W. Burford, III, of Atlanta, Georgia and Christopher H. Burford, (Bronwyn Caves Burford) and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Faulkner Burford and Catherine Holmes Burford, all of Madison. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Marilyn Rowsey Canada and husband Frank Canada of Hernando, Mississippi and nephews Dr. Brad Canada and Jason Canada of Memphis, Tennessee.
Burford, 79, was a 2007 inductee into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame. A two-time letterman (1956-57) from Como, Mississippi, he helped elevate the Rebel baseball program to new heights, including the College World Series appearance.
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