Funeral service for Mr. James E. "Jim" McNeal, 79, of Gadsden, will be today, at 12 p.m. at Crestwood Chapel. The Rev. Anthony Copeland and the Rev. Bill Snow will officiate. Interment will be at Anniston Memorial Gardens in Anniston. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home will direct services. He left this earth for his Heavenly home on Friday, February 7, 2014. Mr. McNeal was born in Calhoun, resided in Anniston for 59 years and had lived in Etowah County for the past 16 years. He was a retired Structural Iron Worker and member of Local 92 in Birmingham. He was a lifelong member of Edgewood Congressional Methodist Church of Anniston but had attended Immanuel Baptist Church in Hokes Bluff for the last 16 years. He is preceded in death by his late wife and mother of his children, Linda Paris McNeal; parents, Haron and Gladys McNeal and his niece, Page Ledbetter Goodwin. He is survived by his devoted wife of 16 years, Geraldine Maxwell McNeal; his children, Susan (Vic) McNeal Tankersley, Mark (Cindy) McNeal and Mike McNeal; grandchildren, Montana Kalien Tankersley and Jacob Mark McNeal; six great-grandchildren; sister, Charlotte McNeal Ledbetter; brothers, Terry (Jane) McNeal and Kenneth (Linda) McNeal and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Jim's doctors and nurses at GRMC especially 8th floor north, UAB doctors and nurses of Cardiac Critical Care Unit for their professionalism and caring attention given. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to IBC 3680 Old Highway 278, Hokes Bluff, AL 35903 or Edgewood Congregational Church 2700 Brighton Ave. Anniston, AL 36207. Pallbearers will be Kevin Jackson, Mark Weaver, Drew Gazaway, Scott Lumpkin, Brock Mayhall and Jacob McNeal. Honorary Pallbearers are the members of Jim's Sunday school class at Immanuel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 10:30 a.m. until the service hour.