Harris McNeal, Sr.
Services for Deacon Harris G. McNeal Sr., 77, of Troy who died March 20, 2009 will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Troy with Dr. L. C. McMillian officiating.
Burial will follow at New Mt. Zion Church Cemetery in Troy under the direction of Grubbs Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2009 at the funeral home.
Deacon Harris G. McNeal Sr. was born Oct. 30, 1931 in Troy. His family and friends affectionately called him “Dudley” or “Mack”. He received his education from Pike County School System in Troy and enlisted in the U.S. Army and was Honorably Discharged Nov. 1, 1952. He owned and operated a cab service for approximately twoyears in Troy. He moved to Michigan and became employed by General Motors where he retired after 30 years of service. He was an active and devoted member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for 40 years where he served as a Deacon. “Mack” had a passionate love for fishing and hunting.
Deacon McNeal was preceded in death by his wife, Edith P. McNeal; two brothers, William and Eddie McNeal and his parents, William and Annie Lue McNeal.
Survivors include his children, Olita M. Williams of Detroit; Harris Jr. and Samia McNeal and William McNeal of Decatur, Ga.; and Deidra and Eugene Roriex of Flint; six grandchildren, Simonee’ A. Williams, Harris and Deidre McNeal, Shelita L. McNeal, Anthony Cheatham, Monica H. McNeal and William R. McNeal II; nine great-grandchildren, Olita C. Williams, Derrick K. Robinson-Hardy, Tonea McNeal, Martrell McNeal, DeAire Harris, DeKyra Harris, Haadiya McNeal, Siddeeq McNeal and Naandi McNeal; three sisters, Mary and L. C. Townsend, Mariah and James McKinney and Bertha McBride; two sisters-in-law, Marguerite Mitchell and Ruby McNeal; daughter-in-law, Veronica A. McNeal and several other relatives and friends including special friends, Juanita Bell, Matthew McEwen, William Holden, Eddie Booth, Ron Hudson, Dorothy Robinson and James Seales.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Juanita Bell, Bishop Herbert B. Dixson and the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Family, Hurley Medical Center ER Staff, especially Dr. Jaggi and CCU nurses, Sarah, Michael and Diane.