Cecil Ethridge grew up in Gray, Georgia. He received his BS and MED degrees from Georgia College and his EDS degree from the University of Georgia. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Cecil was an educator for 30 years in Jones, Bibb, and Monroe counties before retiring as an assistant principal of Monroe County Middle School in 2003. Cecil and his wife, Betty, have one son who attends the University of Georgia. They are also members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.