Marcus Neel


Mr. Marcus Neel, 68, of White City, passed away Sunday morning, January 27, 2008, in a Panama City hospital. Born in Calhoun County, Florida, he has been a resident of Gulf County for most of his life. Mr. Neel served in the U. S. Air Force and was retired from St. Joe Paper Company. He played Banjo, stand up bass, and fiddle. He played in the Kingswood Baptist Church Bluegrass Outreach Group, and had also played stand up bass at the Grand Old Opry. He was a loving husband and a great father.
Survivors include his wife, Ollie Neel; his son, James Hersey and wife Elvie; his daughter Tonya D. Nixon and husband Mike, all of White City, his son Marty Neel and wife April of Vidalia, GA; five grandchildren, Joshua, Crystal, Adam, Jennifer, and Whitney; a great-grandson Jake, and his brother, Miriam Neel and wife Elfrede of Pensacola.
The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, January 29, 2007, at the graveside at Holly Hill Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Nick Davis. He lay in state at the Comforter Funeral Home on Monday, January 28, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. EST.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.
Published in The Star from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2008
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