James Harrison Neal passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in West Armuchee Valley, LaFayette, on January 9, 1923.
He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey Millican Neal of 69 years, son, J. Lamar Neal (Susan), daughter, Melanie Pinion Neal (Ragan), two grandsons, James Robert Neal (Tracy), Benjamin Barrett Neal; two great-grandchildren, James Robert Neal, Jr, and Ragan Jewel Neal; sister, Ezma Pettyjohn, several nieces and nephews.
During WWII, he served in the United States Army in the Medical Core for four years. James worked for the Dupont Corporation for 30 years. He loved fishing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He spent many hours telling stories of his childhood and time overseas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Storey Neal and A.P. Neal, Sr.; brothers, A.P. Neal, Jr., Frank P. Neal, and Windom Neal; sisters, Sarah Ford, Muriel Maxey, and Ruth Neal.
Visitation will be held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Summerville, Ga., on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. Interment will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Pastors Joel Miller and Judge Clarence Shattuck will officiate.
Honorary pallbearers will be The Sam McConnell Sunday School Class, Hixson United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be Henry Gamp, Brian Neal, Brian Smith, Kevin Pettyjohn, Kent Pettyjohn, and Jomont Ware.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4686 West Armuchee Road, Summerville, Ga. 30747, or Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, Hixson, Tn. 37343.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.