William Jay Neurath Sr. passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Hospice of Savannah surrounded by his loving family members.
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Mr. Neurath was born June 17, 1931, in Savannah. He lived in Port Wentworth during his childhood and moved to Rincon, where he lived the remainder of his life. Mr. Neurath served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Neurath worked for Continental Can Company and Stone Container Company retiring in 1996 after 42 years of service. Mr. Neurath worked as a carpenter also and enjoyed building many buildings and projects for his friends and relatives during his working years.
After retirement he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed driving car transfers for a local dealership. His hobbies included wood working and gardening. His favorite pastimes in retirement were attending bluegrass music festivals all over the Southeast where he made many friends and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents William Jay Neurath and Mattie Floyd Neurath, sister Nona Neurath Chaffin, brother Floyd Wood Neurath, brother-in-law Ralph Waldo Chaffin and nephew Carl Allen Neurath Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years LuNeil Exley Neurath and his children: William Jay Neurath Jr. (Kamala); Susan Neurath Durden (Richard); Wesley Roan Neurath (Victoria); Laura Neurath Morgan (Darren); grandchildren: Tyson Neurath, Jonathan Durden, Matthew Durden, Emily Durden, Tristan Neurath, Isabel Neurath, Lauren Morgan, Jayson Morgan, Olivia Morgan; brother Carl Alan Neurath (Linda Gail), brother Earl Von Neurath (Ruby) brother-in-law Gilbert Alton Exley (Gail); sister-in-law Ethelyn Exley Pye (William), many nieces and nephews, and his special little pet Molly Rose.
Pallbearers were: Jonathan Durden, Matthew Durden, Tristan Neurath, Jayson Morgan, Baylor Thompson, Gus Thompson, Dennis Exley, Patrick Exley, Travis Bazemore, Ryan Bazemore.
Honorary pallbearers were Waldo Chaffin, Christopher Chaffin, Michael Newton, Earl Bazemore, Ken Thompson, Larry Oslund, Jared Oslund, Luke Oslund, Tommy Floyd, Ronnie Floyd, Neville Floyd and Len Floyd.
Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home.
Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. at Rincon United Methodist Church, 107 Savannah Ave., Rincon.
Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to the Rincon United Methodist Church.
Published in Effingham Herald from Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 2014