Mr. Louis M. McNeal, age 66, died Saturday, October 9, 2021. Mr. McNeal was born on May 9, 1955, in Rome, GA, to the late H. P. McNeal, Sr. and the late Myrid S. McNeal. He retired from the United States Air Force where he served as a repair specialist on F-16 fighter jets. He graduated from Pepperell High School and kept in contact with many of his close friends all his life. In the spring and summer of 1973, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with his friend, Bruce McEver. In the words of his dear friend, Jackie Welchel, "Louis was super smart in school, athletic, and so kindhearted and funny." His neighbors, Randall and Phillip Murphy, were so important to him and lifelong friends. Louis gave the eulogies at both of their funerals in the past year. Louis' brother, Robert "Bobby" McNeal, died earlier. Surviving is his wife, Juanita Sue McNeal, Greta, LA; his daughters, Laurie Chapman, Gainesville, GA, Katie Anne McNeal and Kelsey McNeal Elggren, both of Raleigh, NC; his sister, Kitty McNeal Rogers, Rome; his brother, H. P. "Jay" McNeal (Jennie), Summerville; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held later. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.
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