LEBANON -- Services have been scheduled for Lebanon’s Frank Albert Neal Jr. who died Monday, June 13 at the age of 90. Neal served as an Elder for 33 years as a member of College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon and previously was a member of Bethel Church of Christ in Greenwood.
He was a song leader at the church for many years and taught what was called the men’s downtown Sunday school class for several years. In Neal’s early career, he delivered milk from his family dairy in Lebanon during the 1930’s and went on to enter the service station business working for Bill Rose and McDowell Motor Company. He then worked for J.P. McDowell and P.F. Keats.
He and his wife, Georgia, then spent 24 years operating Neal’s Amoco while being a dairy and cattle farmer. Early in his life he was an active member of the Grange, and he spent several years working for Leonard Melton Sporting Goods in Nashville.
He retired from business in the city after some 45 years and settled into farming and church work. He was a Bible student all his life and very close to the church and what it stood for, his family said. He was a 1940 graduate of Lebanon High School.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Georgia Hudson Neal, three sons Frank Neal III (Suzanne), James “Jimmy” Neal (Linda), Terry Neal (Virginia) and a daughter Joy Rhodes. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Rose Baird (Wallis) and Callie Grissim, (Bill, deceased); brother-in law Robert Schott; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Family members said Neal will be missed by many loyal friends, of whom Steve Rector was like a special son.
Mr. Neal was preceded in death by his parents Frank A. Neal Sr. and mother Pauline Rogers Neal, sisters Pauline Schott and Virginia Pulliam.
Visitation with the family will be at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon on Thursday, June 16, from 2-8 p.m. and again on Friday, June 17, at College Hills Church of Christ from noon until the funeral service begins at 3 p.m. with Dr. Larry Locke and Brother Kevin Owen officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers are Elders and Deacons of College Hills Church of Christ, Mr. Neal’s sons and Steve Rector. Pallbearers are Frank Neal IV, Ben Neal, David Neal, Tyler Davenport, Max Davenport, Brantly Cox, Dustin Murphy, Cameron Griffith, Elijah Neal and Frank Neal V.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Healing Hands International or College Hills Church of Christ, Lebanon, TN.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon in charge of arrangements.