THOMSON, Ga.- Mrs. Mary Knox McNeill, 56, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of Thomson, the daughter of Ruth Hall Knox and the late Robert E. Knox of Thomson. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Donald Thomas McNeill and by her children, Virginia Ruth McNeill of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Donald Thomas McNeill, Jr. of Atlanta. Mrs. McNeill also is survived by her brothers, Robert E. Knox, Jr. and Andrew Hall Knox of Thomson and her sister Ruth Austin Knox of Macon.
Mrs. McNeill was an active member of Thomson First United Methodist Church and its Friendship Sunday School Class, in which she taught for many years. She also was a member of the Susie Mayes Service Group of the Untied Methodist Women. A gifted gardener, she was involved with the Pine Needle Garden Club and the McDuffie Garden Council, having been President of both. She served her community on many capacities, including the McDuffie Regional Hospital Foundation, McDuffie County Heart Fund and McDuffie County Cancer Relay for Life. Mrs. McNeill attended Wesleyan College and graduated form the University of Georgia. She was a woman of deep faith, uncommon grace and warm beauty.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. at Thomson First United Methodist Church, with Dr. George Freeman, Dr. Wilfred Bellamy and Rev. Brian Davis officiating. Interment was in Westview Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Langham, Tommy Neuhoff, Toby Silberman, George Lokey, John McNeill and Rusty Lovelace.
The family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 8, Thomson, Ga., 30824; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 539, Thomson, Ga., 30824; or Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, Ga., 31210.
Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.