Loy Benton Neal was born on Feb. 17, 1934, in Rose, to James Everett and Ada Mae (Merrell) Neal. He died Monday, May 13, 2013, at the age of 79 years.
Neal grew up around the Rose area and graduated from Locust Grove High School in 1952. On May 8, 1954, in Rose, the former Shirley Jean Jewett and Loy Benton Neal were united in marriage. The couple made Locust Grove their home over 57 years ago.
Upon graduating high school, Neal started working at Spartan Manufactured Homes. He later became employed in maintenance at Pryor Foundry where he retired after 25 years of service. He won many awards for his archery abilities. He was a part of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Locust Grove.
He attended ballgames for three generations of his children, doing his best not to miss a single game or activity. He enjoyed hunting deer and turkey, and fishing. He loved the outdoors and was known to have been a trapper. Neal had a passion and talent for calling turkey and other predators. He was an avid Oklahoma City Thunder fan and loved to watch their games.
Neal is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Shirley, of the home; two daughters, Pam Roach and husband Richard of Locust Grove and Katherine Lawrence of Locust Grove, one son, James Neal and wife Linda of Sedalia, MO.; granddaughter, Amanda Lawrence and Jared Wilkinson of Locust Grove, grandson, Shelby Lawrence of Locust Grove; great-granddaughter: Kamry Wilkinson of Locust Grove; one sister, Rena Hall and husband Al of Wichita, Kan., one brother, J. E. Neal and wife Bev of Paso Robles, Calif.; numerous uncles and aunts including, Helen Coffelt of Locust Grove; numerous nephews and nieces including, Linda Evans of Wichita, Kan.; numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Della Mae Neal; one sister, Rosemary Wyckoff Coker; and one nephew, Neal Wyckoff.
Funeral services are 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Locust Grove. Rev. Jeff Blair and Rev. Ray Gwartney will officiate. Interment will follow at Hogan Cemetery in Locust Grove. Services have been entrusted to the Locust Grove Funeral Home. To leave thoughts, memories, or condolences visit www.locustgrovefuneralhome.com