Rev. George W. Neely Jr., 80, of rural Slater, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, in LaBelle.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Rev. Charles Sharpe and Rev. Cliff Cato will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall with military rites. Pallbearers will be Harold Eddy, Garrett Shelton, Rob Patchin, Wally Shelton, Steve Rimmer and Chester Kochs, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Lloyd Purdy, J.B. Durham and Delmar Jaeger. Memorials may be made to the Teen Challenge of Cape Girardeau.
Born May 30, 1926, in Beckley, W.Va., he was the son of the late George Watts Neely Sr. and Grace Beasley Neely. On Feb. 20, 1991, he married Maxine Garrett Kochs, who survives of the home. He had lived in rural Slater the last 15 years and attended Southside Assembly of God. He was an electrician in the U.S. Air Force for many years, retiring with the rank of sergeant after 20 years of service. He was active in the drug and alcohol recovery ministry of several churches and organizations since 1977.
Additional survivors include one son, George W. Neely, III of Macon, Ga.; four stepdaughters, Linda Kochs Rimmer and Jean Kochs Purdy both of Marshall, Carolyn Kochs Shelton of Kansas City, and Debbie Kochs of rural Slater; one stepson, Chester (Checkie) Kochs of Marshall; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two sisters not of this area; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters.