George William "Bill" Neel

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George William "Bill" Neel

Birthdate: (91)
Death: 2015 (91)
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Son of John Calvin Neel, Jr. and Gladys Neel
Brother of John Calvin Neel, III

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About George William "Bill" Neel

Newberry - George W. "Bill" Neel, 91, of Newberry, died Monday, May 11, 2015, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born on April 9, 1924 in Newberry County, he was a son of the late John Calvin "J.C." Neel, Sr. and Gladys Bedenbaugh Neel. Mr. Neel was a 41 year US Military veteran, serving in both the Navy and the Army. At the age of 17, he was shipped overseas, where he served in Europe, Africa and the Pacific. He received the American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with four Battle Stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Battle Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. After WWII, he served in the Army National Guard and was called to active duty during the Vietnam War. Mr. Neel retired from the US Army in 1973 as a 1st Lieutenant. He was a member of Cannon Creek ARP Church, a lifetime member of Amity Lodge #87, a member of the Scottish Rites, the York Rites and the Hejaz Shrine Temple. To his family, he was a simple but extraordinary man who touched a lot of lives and enjoyed helping others. He was also a man who took great pride in his home and its surroundings. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Long Neel; children, Russell Neel (Rene) and Beverly Neel, all of Newberry, Alan Neel of Kinards, and Laurie N. Renwick of Newberry; grandchildren, Kevin Renwick, Christine R. Shull (Brian), Ryan Neel, Ross Neel, Cody Neel, Austin Neel and Jacob Neel; great-granddaughter, Lauren Shull; and sister, Colleen N. Swett of Gainesville, Ga. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John C. Neel, Jr.; mother-in-law, Cleo E. Long Wise; and a granddaughter, "Wendi" Elizabeth Senn. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Cannon Creek ARP Church by Rev Brett Blackman. Interment with masonic and military rites will follow in the church cemetery. The family expresses their sincere thanks for the loving care and support given to them and Mr. Neel, in particular to the third floor Staff at Newberry County Memorial Hospital; Dr. Oscar Lovelace, Dr. Dixon, Dr. Heichberger; a special caregiver and friend, Betty Pellitier; Medical Services of America (Nica Dowd); and Tina and Mike with Gentiva Home Health. Memorials are suggested to Cannon Creek ARP Church, 14417 C.R. Koon Hwy, Newberry, SC 29108; Shriners Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605; or Amity Lodge #87, 1304 Caldwell St., Newberry, SC 29108. Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family. © The Observer, Newberry, SC, 12 May 2015

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Age 91