Billy Neal

Billy Joe Neal

Wednesday, June 15th, 1955 - Friday, December 25th, 2020
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Life as we knew it changed the morning of Friday, December 25, 2020, when Bill was called home suddenly to join our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Billy Joe Neal was born June 15, 1955 to the union of Duffie and Eunice Lee Neal in Crane, Texas, and resided in Crane for much of his life, where he watched over and protected his loving wife of 40 years, his children, and beautiful granddaughters. Bill was baptized at an early age, and later rededicated his life to Jesus Christ, as he preached the gospel and served as Associate Pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church. He was unwavering in his belief in God and stood firm on living the life Christ wanted for him. He received his formal education at Mary Bethune, until integration in 1966. Afterwards Bill attended both Crane Middle and High School, where he excelled in all sports, especially football. Football was such a big part of his life that he coached Pop Warner League until 2019. After graduation, Bill began his career in the oil industry, working for Mobile Oil and St. Mary’s, and officially retiring January 3, 2020 with over 40 years of service.
Bill was proceeded in death by both parents, brothers Harold, Charles, Herman, and Leon Neal; Curtis Hunter; Earnest Ray, sister Margret Fort, and wife Inola Hollins-Neal.

Survivors include his son Marques Neal (Amanda) and daughter Marva Denay Neal (Cody) of Crane, TX; Grandchildren Deja Neal of Corpus Christi, TX; Deavyn and Ameri “Cheeky” Neal of Odessa, TX; and Maya & Landri Neal of Crane, TX. Siblings Clarence (Donna) Neal, Clara Hubert of Midland, TX; Terry (Lovie) Neal of Hearne, TX; and Willie Neal of Midland, TX; and a HOST of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Billy Joe, Bill, son, husband, daddy, uncle, or Pawpaw, he answered to it wholeheartedly, and he was determined by the end of the conversation that all questions were answered, problems solved, hearts lifted, and prayers completed. He will be missed!
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 11:00am
    Ekklesia of Crane
    1301 S. Gaston Street
    Crane, Texas 79731
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    Wake Services will be held on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm at the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home in Crane.
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 |
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021
    Sunset Cemetery
    HWY 385 South
    Crane, Texas 79731
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Gary Meredith

Posted at 07:52pm
I mistakenly said Billy's dad, Duffie, was my dad's cement man. Duffie was dad's faithful car mechanic for many years. Gary Meredith

Gary Meredith

Posted at 06:13pm
Knew the family during the '50s and '60s. Billy's dad, Duffie, did a lot of cement and stucco work for my family in the Gulf Camp. They were an honest, hard working family. Rest in peace. Gary Meredith

Mitch Byrd

Posted at 01:23pm
Coach Neal was a wonderful bright light for me during my parents divorce. He was my first football coach, but he was always so much more to the kids that he coached. He lead us in how to be men by example of what it looked like in himself. I appreciate everything thing he did for me. I’m so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained a wonderful angel.

Tom (a friend at SM)

Posted at 08:44am
Our thoughts and prayers are with BJs family. So sorry for your loss.
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Nicholas Jasmine and Jake

Posted at 12:52am
Marques and Neal Family, our most profound and heartfelt condolences go out to you. Mr. Neal was an amazing man who is now at home in heaven.
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