Johnny Neely
1930 - 2011
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Johnny Edward Neely was born May 25, 1930 to John W. and Bessie Glass Neely in Rockdale, Texas, and went to be with his Savior August 22, 2011. Johnny grew up and graduated from school in Rockdale and married Nell A. Henry of Mosheim, Texas in 1950. The couple moved to Houston where they started their family and Johnny joined the Houston Police Department. Johnny's career with HPD spanned thirty-eight years and included several capacities including patrolman, auto theft, Commander of Houston's Mounted Patrol, and finally as Lieutenant of the Clear Lake Substation. He also worked an extra job for First City Bank at Gulfgate for 37 years and was a member of the US Naval Reserves for 21 years.
Johnny retired in 1992 to spend time with his loving wife gardening, traveling, volunteering at their church, and spoiling grandchildren. After retiring, Johnny worked with the 2nd precinct Constables, became a licensed Security Consultant, and spent his later years as a trial expert witness. He is survived by his son HPD Lt. Greg Neely and wife Elena DiIorio; daughter Debbie Palmatary; granddaughter Nell Ann Galindo and husband Justin (also with HPD); grandson Thomas Conor Neely; great-grandson Asher Galindo; two sisters; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, August 24, and the service celebrating Johnny's life will be at 10:00am Thursday, August 25, all held at Niday Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 100 Club of Houston.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2011.
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August 31, 2011
Greg, what a great man your dad was! We are so blessed to have known him and you and what a great time we had at FCG-Gulfgate. Many great memories... May your dad rest in peace and God comfort you and your family.
Daryl & Teresa (Kutra) Mize
August 29, 2011
Greg, sorry to hear about your dad. He was my first Lt. when I joined the department back in 1973. He was a great man and gave me alot of help as I started my career. My prayers are with you and your family. GOD bless. ~Wiley Mathis, Brenham,Tx.
August 27, 2011
May Johnny rest in peace I will miss his emails and am proud to have known him. God Bless his family. Don E Palmatary (Fort Smith,AR)
Don E Palmatary
August 27, 2011
My Deepest Sympathies to the Neely Family.
Richard Palmatary
Richard Palmatary
August 24, 2011
We have such fond memories of Johnny and Nell when we were members of Easthaven Baptist Church when we lived in Houston. Our prayers are with the family.
Bob & Patsy Moore
August 24, 2011
Dear Greg and Family,

Johnny was one of the finest supervisors I ever worked for. He was a good man with a strong, honest work ethic and he will be missed. God bless you all.
Toby and Catherine Tobias
August 24, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Janet Pavalock
August 24, 2011
Lt. Neely was a great role model for me when I worked for him in the Accident Division at HPD. May his soul rest in peace. Greg may you and the family be strong in The Lord.
Jimmie Dotson
August 24, 2011
To the family of Lt. Neely I send my condolences. I thought highly of him while working with him.
Roger Burkhalter
August 24, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of loss.
Russell DiRaimo
August 24, 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Johnny and his son Greg. Johnny was a real go to supervisor who never thought the questions asked of him were unnecessary, he always took the time to lead in the right direction. Johnny was a true member of the old guard at the Houston Police Department when officers were judged by their superiors for their ethics, honor and trust in their fellow officers. Johnny was a man among men, who I cherished to be called a friend.He will be remembered, D.C. Wells H.P.D. Retired
David Wells
August 24, 2011
May God be with you and your family and give you peace. I am sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family.

Marilyn Osborne,Houston,TX
August 24, 2011
Condolences to the Neely family in the loss of your loved one.
Tom DeHart
August 24, 2011
So sorry to hear of the death of your Father-God sends peace and comfort to you and yours
Sharon Sancic
August 24, 2011
To my good friend and colleague Greg and the rest of the Neely family my deepest sympathies for your loss.
Kenneth Johnson
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