Death of George Walter Neal

George Walter Neal
September 23, 1926 – March 14, 2013
George Walter Neal, 86, of Milton, husband of 60 years to Doris Fetty Neal entered into
the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, March 14, 2013. After many months of illness, he
passed away peacefully at home. He was born September 23, 1926 to Thomas B. & Virgie
Bias Neal and was preceded in death by brothers Paul Neal & Charles Neal, a sister Anna
Jean Neal and a loving son-in-law Stephen B. Rule. Mr. Neal was retired from Union
Carbide, Institute Plant, having worked as a chemical analyst for 37 years. He was an
active member of Church in the Valley. He celebrated his 62nd year as a proud member of
Lebanon Lodge #68 A.F. & A.M. and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason of
Huntington, WV. As a member of Milton Chapter #149 O.E.S., he served in many
positions including Past Patron. He was devoted to many charitable efforts as a Kentucky
Colonel, a Board member of ECCHO and, until the time of his death, served as an active
member of the Green Acres Board. George was a devoted and loving family man who
supported extended family even as a young boy. He spoke fondly of his years as a
teacher in a one-room schoolhouse while pursuing a teaching degree at Marshall
University. His proudest moment was in achieving his life-long educational dream of
graduation from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts Regency Degree at the age of
81. George was an extraordinary man. He was an avid reader who loved life and enjoyed
making people laugh. He often said, “There’s no such thing as having too many friends.”
He was best known for his genuine smile, charismatic personality, and creative sense of
humor. He entertained and joked with everyone he encountered even through his final
days of failing health. In addition to being survived by his loving wife Doris, he leaves
behind his devoted children and grandchildren who gave him great joy: daughters Sheila
Rule of Milton, Karen Glover and husband Jack of McGaheysville, VA and son Jeffrey
Neal of Milton; grandchildren Chelsea Day Sweeney and husband John of New York City,
Hayley Devon Day of Charlottesville, VA and Wesley and Derek Neal of Culloden, WV.
Three sisters, Virginia Martin and Freda Neal of Huntington, and Irene Searls of
Ravenswood, WV, also survive him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him
including a host of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Visitation will
be Saturday from 5 to 8pm at Heck Funeral Home in Milton. Eastern Star services will be
held at 7:30pm. Dr. Stan Maynard, Joe Meadows & Pastor Ron Page will conduct funeral
services at 2pm Sunday at the Church in the Valley, Milton, WV. Visitation at the church
will be from 1 to 2pm. Graveside services will follow immediately and be conducted by
members of Lebanon Lodge #68 A.F. & A.M. at the Neal Cemetery on Johns Creek Road
in Milton. Roger Casey will pay special tribute to George by playing the bagpipes. In lieu of
flowers, his preference would be donations to ECCHO serving the needy of Eastern
Cabell County and the Church in the Valley. Online condolences may be expressed to the
family at www.heckfuneralhome.com