Thomas Neely

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GASTONIA - Thomas Maxwell Neely passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Feb. 26, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy in Charlotte following a brief illness.

Born in Statesville, Tom was the son of the late William Lloyd Neely Jr. and Caddie Worthington Neely. He was a graduate of Statesville High School and UNC-Chapel Hill. He proudly served his country in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Mr. Neely served as Senior Vice Presi-dent with Wachovia, relocating to Gastonia in 1990 to serve as Wachovia Bank's Gaston County Area Executive. He later held several regional and company-wide senior leadership positions from Charlotte until his retirement in 2002.
Tom was an avid fly-fisherman and golfer who loved na-ture and genealogy. A man of simple tastes and wants, he was always quietly generous to others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Lloyd Neely, III, and a daughter, Shannon Wilson Neely.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Harrison Neely; daughter, Meghan Maxwell Neely of Durham; stepchildren, Katie Henderson of West Hol-lywood, CA., Jay Henderson (Carrie) of Greenville, SC; sister, Ann Neely Raymer; nieces, Kim Raymer Robertson (Hugh), and Cabbie Raymer all of Charlotte; mother-in-law, Helen Harrison of Greenwood, SC; sisters-in-law, Helen Harrison of Alpharetta, Ga., and Jane Harrison Keperling (Bob) of Anderson, SC, and many cherished friends and extended family members.
A celebration of life service will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Southminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dan Oedy officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1401 Hoffman Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054 or to Wounded Warrior Project, or PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Condolence messages may be sent online by visiting

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Neely family.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 28, 2014
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