HARLEM, Ga. - Mr. Alex Mance Neal, 45, of Harlem, passed away Friday, June 10, 2005 at Portsbridge Hospice in Macon.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Dublin with Rev. Gene Cochran and Dr. Jack Key officiating. A memorial service also followed that afternoon at 4 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home in Thomson, with Rev. Wayne Turpin officiating. A private interment followed at Dearing Memorial Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Steve Arnold, Glen Radford, Roy Grice, Gilbert Grice, Jerry Powell, Ronald Clark, Lewis Washington, Jeff Seago, Bobby Wilcher, Jimmy Wilcher, Alton Davis, Wally Davis, Tim Lewis, Darrell Rushing, David Lyons, Buddy Kelley, Billy Childress, Henry Toole, Willie Burley, Bob Payton, James Jennings and Joe Tenorio.
Mr. Neal was born Dec. 12, 1959, in Thomson and was the son of the late Julian Smith Neal of Harlem and Virginia Edmunds Neal of Harlem. He was a graduate of Harlem High School and attended Augusta Area Tech. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Harlem, where he served for many years as a deacon. Mr. Neal also attended First United Methodist Church in Dublin. A history buff, he was active in the Confederate Re-enactment Group of the 48th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Among his hobbies were scuba diving and wood working. Mr. Neal was retired from Johnson Controls at Fort Gordon and later affiliated with Kellam Cabinet Company in Dublin.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Kellam Neal of Dublin; mother, Virginia Edmunds Neal of Harlem; numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and many loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alex Mance Neal Scholarship Fund at ABAC in Tifton, ABAC Foundation, 2802 Moore Highway, ABAC 13, Tifton, GA 31794.
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.