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The Carthage Press
  • Virgil Neely

  • Virgil Neely age 92 of Carthage, Mo. passed away Jan. 18, 2013 at Freeman Hospital at 6:25 p.m. after a sudden illness.
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  • Virgil Neely age 92 of Carthage, Mo. passed away Jan. 18, 2013 at Freeman Hospital at 6:25 p.m. after a sudden illness.
    He was born Dec. 4, 1920 and was the son of late Reverend Oliver and Elsie Neely of Cedar Springs, Mo. He graduated from Dadeville High School in 1940. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Karnes. He retired after 30 years of service from Hercules Powder Company in Carthage, Mo.
    Virgil enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, bowling, and working in the garden. He also enjoyed the good company of friends at the Carthage Senior Center where he and his wife Frances spent many a day. He attended Camp Joy Ministries in Joplin, Mo. and enjoyed leading the old time song service every Sunday.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Vi Neely and his two infant sons Ronald and Donald as well as his brother Obie Neely and sisters Lois McGehee and Bertie Howell. He is survived by his wife of 13 years Frances Neely, and his brothers Kenneth Neely of Dadeville, Mo.; Joe Neely of Napa, Calif.; Tim Neely of Commerce, Okla.; his sisters Winnie Smith of Ash Grove, Mo.; Esther Tannehill of Springfield, Mo.; Sylvia Stockton of Sacramento, Calif.; He is also survived his sons Robert (Bob) and Norma Neely of Harrah, Okla.; Jim Neely and Linda Neumann of Carthage, Mo.; Mike and Debbie Neely of Olympia, Wash.; and David and Hazel Neely of Murrieta, Calif.; and daughters Diana and Charlie Foster of Independence, Mo.; Gloria and Jess Gourley of Carthage, Mo.; Sherry and Brian Hayden of Joplin, Mo.; and step-daughter Barbara and Phillip Forte of Winter Haven, Fla. Along with 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grand children.
    Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at Weng Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jeff Martin officiating.
    Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery south of Jasper, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Weng Funeral Chapel in Jasper, Mo. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Camp Joy Ministries in Virgil’s name.
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