Joe Tommie O'Neal

Joe Tommie O'Neal, 76, died Monday, August 26, 2013 at his home following a long period of illness.

He was the oldest of 3 brothers and two sisters born to the union of the late Mr. Willie and Wilma O'Neal.

He was born and raised in Stuttgart, AR until graduating from Hollman H.S. in 1955.

He entered the U.S. Air Force upon graduation in 1955. After 26 years of distinguished service, where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant, he was Honorably Discharged in 1981.

After his retirement, he worked in different business ventures, and ended his career at the U.S. Army Depot in Sacramento, CA. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. O'Neal lived in Minot, ND; Okinawa, Japan; Lake Charles, LA; and Topeka, KS; but sustained a lifelong residency in the Yuba- Sutter area, and Beale AFB community.

Mr. O'Neal was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Marysville prior to his illness.

During his retirement he worked with the Yuba County Sheriff's STARS program, where he amassed over 7000 volunteer hours through 2008. The work and camaraderie he found working with the STARS program gave him a new zest for life. Mr. O'Neal had lifelong interest in fishing, camping, carpentry, cooking, and project management.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory: His wife and soulmate of 52 years, Alice O'Neal, sons David, Robert (Amanda), and brother in Detroit, MI Donald (Sharon).

His legacy includes 7 beloved grandchildren: Jennifer (Daniel), Vanessa, Ayana, Veronica, Coryn, Elijah, Isaiah and 3 great- grandchildren: Jeremiah, Daniel Jr., Ryan; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marysville First United Methodist Church with Pastor Glen Raley, officiating. Burial will be Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA with full military honors by the Travis AFB Honor Guard.

Arrangements are under the directions of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2013