Hamilton M. "Mike" Neal, Jr. passed away on August 21, 2013 at 7:59 p.m., in Kentwood at the age of 89 years. Mike was a native of New Orleans, and a resident of St. Helena Parish for the past 25 years. He served his country in the Army during World War II, 1943-1945, the European Theater of Operations. He retired from Bell South Telephone Co. after 42 years of service, retiring as an Engineering Manager. He attended schools in the New Orleans area, including Tulane University. Mike held membership in the "Young Men's Business Club" of New Orleans, Louisiana Engineering Society, the Kiwanis Organization, becoming Lt. Governor of the New Orleans area. For many years, he had been active in the Knights of Columbus organization serving as District Deputy of the New Orleans area. Currently, his membership is with KC Council #10911, Amite, Louisiana. Mike was a weekly volunteer at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home, and had many years as Museum Director and member of the board at the Camp Moore Museum. His memberships also Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp #1223 and Military Order of the Stars and Bars C.S.S. Arkansas Chapter. He is survived by his daughter, Erin N. Tamporello and her husband, Anthony Tamporello; son, Michael H. Neal and his wife, Sherry Neal; four grandchildren, Anne E. Holley, Michael A. Tamporello, Michelle C. Tamporello and Melissa A. Tamporello; also two great grandsons, Adam Michael Holley and Matthew Hamilton Tamporello. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Alma Hoffstadt Neal, and parents, Hamilton M. Neal, Sr. and Edna Roth Neal; daughter, Patricia C. Neal; sister, Mrs. Helen N. Bourgeois; and brother, Robert J. Neal. Mike attended St. Helena and St. Elizabeth Catholic Churches, in Amite and Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment in Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. Pallbearers will be his grandson, Michael Tamporello, nephew, Henry Hoffstadt, cousin, Dennis Neal and his friends, Bryant Delafield, Wayne Cosby and Kevin Miller. Please make memorial contributions to Camp Moore Historical Association, P.O. Box 25, Tangipahoa, LA 70465. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
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Amite, LA 70422
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 21 to Aug. 24, 2013