C. Rodney McNeal
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Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. (John 14: 1-4)
Funeral Services for C.Rodney McNeal will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Horseshoe United Methodist Church with Rev. Tracy MacKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens, under the direction of John Kramer & Son.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at the funeral home, and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Recitation of the holy rosary will be held at 5 p.m. Friday in the Kramer chapel.
C. Rodney McNeal, age 82, of Alexandria, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Grace Home, in Alexandria, LA.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Charolette ( Lottie) McNeal; his siblings Merlene Tolbert, Audrey Ferguson and Royce McNeal; and his wife of forty-nine years Evie Lee McNeal.
C. Rodney McNeal was born to Ralph McNeal and Charolette(Lottie) Beaubouef on August 18, 1930 in Effie, LA. He attended Lafargue Elementary, Bolton High School and graduated from LA College with a degree in accounting. C. Rodney served as a Sgt. Major in the United States Marine Corp from 1950 to 1954. He became a local businessman owning CR McNeal & Sons. He was a past president for the Magnolia Dance Club. C. Rodney served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for the LARC. He also served on the advisory board, was the state liaison and state board member of the LARC. He was a founding member for: the John Eskew Training School, the Handicap Productions and the Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher. He served as the President and was on the Board of Directors for Vo. Tech. C. Rodney was also a member of the Cenla Home Builders Association.
He was a YMCA and Civitan youth baseball and football coach for many years. C. Rodney was a founding member of the Alexandria Civitan Club, where he served as president. He was honored as the Louisiana District Civitan of the Year and a recipient of the Honor Key and Distinguished President award.
C. Rodney is survived by his wife Gayle Bordelon Crotty McNeal; his children Teena McNeal, Myra McKenzie, Rhonda Tyler (Brooks Sr.) Michael McNeal (Susan), Ralph McNeal (Cheryl); his three step- children Gayle Crotty Aertker (Walter), Robert T. Crotty (Cindy) and Greg B. Crotty (Judith) eleven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren, eight step grandchildren; two great step grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family friends including Gayle Marie Stolzer.
Pallbearers honored to serve are Ronnie Hebert, Bobby Beck, Steven McNeal, Danny Ray Roberts, Daniel Tyler, Brooks Tyler and Michael Hebert. Honorary pallbearers will be Petie Sayes, Danny Bradford, Herbert Bresbois, Tom Jones, Tim Ormsby, Gerard McNeal, Buzz Kelly and Mark Watson.
The family would like to give special thanks to Compassus Hospice Care and Grace Home at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in the honor of C. Rodney McNeal to Rapides Association For Retarded Children at 1700 Ashley Ave. Alexandria LA 71301.
Online notes of condolences may be made to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 18, 2013