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1944 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Donald Neal UNDERWOOD Obituary
UNDERWOOD, Donald Neal

Donald Neal Underwood, lovingly known to most as "Neal", 70 of Georgetown, passed on to be with His Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 29, 2014 after a three and half year courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service of celebration and thanksgiving will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:00AM at St. John's United Methodist Church, 311 East University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78628.

Neal was born February 21, 1944 in Danville, Illinois to the late William Cleatis and Juanita Jewell Plotner Underwood. Neal was raised in Fairmount, Illinois and graduated from Jamaica High School in 1962. He went on to attend Eastern Illinois University majoring in music; he was a part of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Neal married the love of his life in, Nicolette Carras, in Danville, Illinois; they were married on July 31, 1976. Neal and Nikki moved to the Austin area in 1981. Neal worked for many years in sales and purchasing, but never let his true love for music get too far out of his life. Neal was a very talented musician and played many different instruments. Working around the house on his many projects kept Neal happy and active. Neal and Nikki were active members at St. John's United Methodist Church in Georgetown for many years. Neal enjoyed singing in the choir and taking part in numerous other church activities. With his love of music and talent for playing brought Neal together with other musicians from First United Methodist Church in Round Rock, Texas and the band the "Step Sons" was born in 1989. Together the band entertained folks over the years in many different venues, playing gospel and folk music. Neal is preceded in death by his parents, William and Juanita Underwood and grandson, T.J. Merz.

Neal leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 38 years, Nicolette Anastasia of Georgetown; children, Donald William Underwood and his wife Jane Merz of Bloomington, Illinois, and William Christopher Underwood and his wife Sonya Roman of Leander, Texas; grandchildren, Laurel, Christie, Michael, and Andrew; along with other loving friends and church family.

Memorials in Neal's memory can be sent to The or St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Personal words of comfort may be sent to the Underwood family at our online guestbook at www.gabrielsfuneral.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 6 to July 7, 2014
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