"He told me something that has stuck through the years," said Jeff Baines, who eventually became Lebanon's Commissioner of Public Works. "He said in working with the public, you were never going to make everyone happy. He told me to be honest with people and to explain everything to the best of your ability."
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Kenneth Head and Bro. Jim Key. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children Margrey (Dr. Roy) Thompson, Flynn (Vinnie) Neal, Ken (Frances) Neal and Melba Moncaleano (foreign exchange student).
Also surviving are grandchildren, Heather Margrey Thompson, Dylan Elliott Thompson, Molly Ann Thompson and Maria Antonia Gutierrez.
Mr. Neal was preceded in death by his parents, Pallas Holmes and Bennie Frances Johnson Neal; wife Martha Muth Neal; granddaughter Krista Joanne Neal; brothers Holmes Neal and Ken Neal; sister Dorothy Oakley.
Active pallbearers included: Phillip Neal, Perry Neal, Pal Neal, Dylan Thompson, Hugo Sandoval and Neal Oakley. Honorary pallbearers: City of Lebanon Public Works retirees.
The family request memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Neal's memory to Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, 37087.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.