Bennie Jane McNeill, 84, of Nederland, died February 21, 2014. Born August 9, 1929, Bennie was a native of Shawnee Switch, Angelina County, Texas, and had resided in Nederland since 1949. She was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and moved to Nederland to teach typing, shorthand and bookkeeping, and later left teaching to work with her husband in their family owned insurance agency. Bennie was a charter member and past president of the Beta Delta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and a member of First United Methodist Church of Nederland. Bennie is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, Jerry H. McNeill; daughter, Anna Carroll McNeill; and son, Jim McNeill, all of Nederland; three grandchildren, Ashley McNeill, Morgan McNeill and Jordan McNeill and his companion, Cara Morris; one great-grandson, Noah McNeill; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kelly and Jack McNeill of Houston; nephews, Rhine McNeill, Brad McNeill and his wife, Yvette, and Jeff McNeill and his wife, Sandra; niece, Dawn McNeill; three great nephews; and two great nieces, all of Houston. She was preceded in death by her mother, Birdie Walker Poulan and her father, Harrison Benjamin Davis. A gathering of Mrs. McNeill's family and friends will be Sunday evening, February 23, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 123 North 13th Street, Nederland, officiated by Reverend Wayne Flowers and Reverend Toney Miller. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial in Port Neches. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 23, 2014