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NEWPORT NEWS - Danny Richardson O'Neal, 65, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 1, 2015. Danny was a lifelong Peninsula resident and a member of Temple Baptist Church, where he was an active deacon. He was a graduate of Newport News High School, Virginia Wesleyan College, and retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2012 after 30 years of service. Survivors include his wife Debra O'Neal of Newport News; two daughters, Heather Elliott and Amy Everman and her husband, John, all of Newport News; one sister Evelyn Dail of Ohio; one brother Robert O'Neal and his wife, Sharon, of Smithfield; and six grandchildren, Bill, Christian, Ella Grace, Preston, Jay and Grayson. A memorial service will be held at 4 PM Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church with Pastor Wes Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends after the service. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

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Published in Daily Press on Jun. 2, 2015.
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June 4, 2015
Your family has always been there for my family, and the world has suffered a great loss. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.
Stephanie Lynn Bulldis
June 4, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Although we only knew Danny for a short time, it feels as though it has been longer. He had a way of making you feel comfortable when he talked to you. His love for Jesus, his family, friends, church family, and Christian life was undeniable.

Jackie, Sharon, and Jalisa truly miss this kind and gentle man.
Chambliss Family
June 3, 2015
We are so sad to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers. With deepest sympathy.
Janice and Alan Reaves
June 3, 2015
I was blessed along with some of our former coworkers, to fellowship with Danny at Anna Simmons retirement celebration on last week. He was beaming showing off pictures of the grandkids and collecting phone numbers of people he wanted to keep in contact with. He had a golden spirit...we will definitely keep your family in our prayers.
June 3, 2015
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
T Griffin
June 3, 2015
so sorry. You are in my prayers.
June 3, 2015
So Sorry for your loss.Glad we had a great conversation at the family reunion.
J. D. Durham
June 2, 2015
All of you have our deepest sympathy. It is unbelievable that we won't see Danny helping out in the Social Hall and serving communion to all of us. I have served on numerous committees throughout the years with Danny and not only was he was a wealth of knowledge, but he could always be counted on to do more than his share of the work. He could be really funny and he would often share something that was going on in your lives. Cherish your happy memories. All of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this time. God Bless.
Kitty and Terry Heffington
June 2, 2015
Our neighborhood will not be the same without the kind, gentle, caring neighbor that Danny was. Going out in my yard, I will always miss his friendly smile and caring manner. May the memories of this fine man comfort you all.
Linda Adkins
June 2, 2015
Mrs. O'neal, Heather, and Amy- My sister shared the news with me and my heart goes out to you for losing your husband and father so suddenly. My prayers are for comfort beyond understanding. Draw close to Christ for he is the ultimate comforter.
Kristen Diodato-Moore
June 2, 2015
Debbie, I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your true heart. I can not imagine what you are feeling.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Margaret Chengiah
June 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mrs. O'Neal!
Karla Jakubowski
June 2, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I know your pain all to well. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Frank Diodato
June 2, 2015
You are in my prayers, I know God will give you peace. Keep trusting, even when we don't understand God's plan for us. Your and Danny's life are great example of living for Christ. God bless you.
Carolyn Pinckard
June 2, 2015
Debbie...I was stunned to read of Danny's passing. I love you and am remembering you and the kids in my prayers.
Pat Alston
June 2, 2015
Debbie: My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carol McCalester
June 2, 2015
We are so sad for your loss, but rejoice in knowing that Danny is with our Lord and Savior. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Pat and Sally Krystyn
June 2, 2015
I remember you as a young single teacher when we were both teaching at Dozier and you started dating Danny. It was so obvious how much you both loved each other. Over the years we have run into each other occasionally and it was always great catching up. I am really sorry to learn of your loss and I hope years of precious memories will help to comfort you and your family now.
Sincerely, Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown
June 2, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Judy Mahler
June 2, 2015
To the O'Neal family: sorry for your loss of Danny and you are in my prayers.
Billie Ballard
June 2, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss, heartbroken for you all.
Linda Marks
June 2, 2015
Debra, Heather & Amy, Mom and I were shocked when we heard the news. Danny was truly a Man of God, wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed. I will miss seeing him come to John & Amy's and waving. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers and if you need anything, please let us know.
Dick, Diane, & Jeannie Barnes Frances Roberts
June 2, 2015
my heart is heavy ..great witness to me, godly love and humble man...my thoughts are with you...if there's anything u need please let me know....yall will always be family to me...
aaron morgan
June 2, 2015
Mrs O'Neal, Heather, and Amy.....I am so sorry hear this news. Please know you guys are in my thoughts. Xoxo
Jill Buludis (Diodato)
June 2, 2015
Debbie, Heather and Amy...I was floored when I heard the news. I am sorry to hear of your loss and you all are in my thoughts.
Jayson Merrill
June 2, 2015
Debbie & Family,
I will always remember Danny. He was truly a servant for our Lord. He taught me to remember nothing is too hard if we trust in God. We all will miss him but he left a true legacy. Prayers for you and your family.
Mattie Briscoe
June 2, 2015
Our love and hugs to all of you. So thankful that God allowed our paths to cross with yours. Danny will always be special to us and one day we will rejoice together with him in the presence of our Lord. Until then we have many fun filled, beautiful memories to hold on to. Love you all.
Martha and Mark Davis
June 2, 2015
Debbie, Heather, and Amy I will always remember Danny for his kind and gentle spirit, putting others first before himself. I know words cannot heal the pain but take comfort in knowing the hand of the Lord is upon you. In our weakest moments, He is our strength.
Amy Jordan
June 2, 2015
Debbie & Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Danny. He was a truly genuine person in his caring. May you find comfort in the memories you have of him. You all are in our thoughts & prayers.

Fritz, Janie, Isabella & Amos Burkhart
Newport News, VA.
June 2, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss; prayers for you and your family.
Gary Holsomback
June 2, 2015
Debbie, Gary and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that we have you and your family in our prayers. Gary and Sharon Holsomback
June 2, 2015
Debbie I am so sorry Mr O'Neal was a great teacher and as I later knew him as Danny a great Husband to a wonderful young lady, Dad and Devoted Son. My Thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
Darrell Sutton
June 2, 2015
Heather, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Kristin Sgambelluri
June 2, 2015
My heart is so sad to have lost Danny, but I can't even imagine the celebration going on up in Heaven and the reunion with his Mom. I bet he is like a little kid skipping down the streets of gold just taking everything in and asking a million questions. He was a precious man. I am so sorry for your loss Debra. You, your children, and grandchildren were the loves of his life. I'm so glad I got to see him Thursday at Anna's retirement...it was like he never left. Blessed be to all of you.
Ellee Temple
June 2, 2015
Danny, you taught me the value of family and the love you showed when you talked about your wife, your daughters and especially your grandchildren.
Robbie McDuffie
June 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Mr. O'Neal was a true gentleman. He will be missed by many.
Brenda Grizzard
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