Richard "Jill" Neal departed this life on June 19, 2013.
Richard was born April 22, 1935 in Midway, Ala. to the union of the late Jethro and Mozell Neal. He later moved to Akron at the age of 3. He graduated from North High School and then received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from The University of Akron in 1961. Richard retired in 1988 from The University of Akron where he was Equal Employment Officer. Richard served in several roles in public service for over 38 years. He held a passion for community involvement serving as a coach and mentor for over 40 years. He was instrumental with initiating the North Akron Pee Wee football and baseball programs, and the Elizabeth Park/North Akron Reunion. Richard was a member of many organizations spanning many years including: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (life member), NAACP, Akron Urban League, United Community Council, Summit County Boxing Hall of Fame, Akron Health Commission, and Akron Parent Pee Wee Football Association to name a few.
Preceded in death by parents, he leaves to cherish his memories, son, Richard Neal Jr.; daughters, Renatta (Sam) Robinson, Camille Carter; brothers, Lonza "Jack" Neal, Jethro Neal, Jr. of Detroit, Mich., Henry Neal of Indianapolis, Ind., and Benny Walker; sisters, Ida Jackson, Cynthia Edwards of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Brenda Mosbey; two grandchildren, Ryan Neal, Latoya Neal; and five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, family members and close friends.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun, 529 W. Thornton Street, Akron, OH 44307, Dr. Ron Brown officiating. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Condolences may be sent to 436 Mineola, Akron, OH 44320. 330-535-1543