Donald Cooper McNeal, age 76, of Flowery Branch passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
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Mr. McNeal was born March 21, 1937, in Hall County to the late George Washington McNeal and the late Mildred Cooper McNeal. A life-long resident of Flowery Branch, Mr. McNeal served in the United States Army. He was the owner of Baxter's Shoe Outlet for more than 20 years and the former mayor and city council member of The City of Flowery Branch.
He was a youth baseball, basketball and football coach for Flowery Branch Elementary School. Mr. McNeal was retired from the State of Georgia Department of Public Safety and was currently employed by Hall County Corrections Road Maintenance. He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Flowery Branch, the Open Doors Sunday school class and a member of the Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge No. 212.
Mr. McNeal was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Larry McNeal; his sister, Georgia Lee Bagby; and special aunt, Irene Cooper.
Mr. McNeal is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lillian McNeal; son and daughter-in-law, David and Suzanne McNeal of Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and M.A. Whitney of Cumming; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Hank Wade of Flowery Branch; daughter, Cindy McNeal of Flowery Branch; five grandchildren, Christie Hill, Rusty Hill, Adrienne McNeal, Paige Wade and Blake Richardson; seven great-grandchildren, Kaelyn Hill, Carson McNeal, Trey Patterson, Jevin Meza, Taylor Hill, Vincent Hill and Jesup Johnson; sisters-in-law, Becky McNeal, Vivian Ellington and Bobbie Wingo; brothers-in-law, William Bagby, C.L. Wingo and Tommy Wingo; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Little and Davenport Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bill Compton, the Rev. Paul Wade and the Rev. Chuck Nations officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m .
Flowers are accepted or a contribution may be made to the First Baptist Church of Flowery Branch or to the Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge No. 212.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com.
Little and Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville is in charge of arrangements.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home
355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest
Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in Forsyth County News from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, 2013