John Michael "Mike" McNeal, Sr.
December 13, 1941 - November 17, 2020
John Michael "Mike" McNeal, Sr., age 78 and a resident of Franklinton, died Tuesday morning November 17, 2020 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born December 13, 1941 in Miami, FL, spent his childhood years in Mobile, AL before attending high school and graduating in Fayetteville, TN. Mike met the love of his life as a young teenager in 1958 and later married his high school sweetheart. After graduation, he attended Sewanee, The University of The South, before serving his country in the United States Navy. His new family then moved to Franklinton, to work alongside his father at Southern Truck Lines. Mike bought the business in 1979, which he owned and operated until 1986. In 1983, he began working as a stock broker with AG Edwards before retiring in 1989. In addition to spending time with his beloved family, Mike loved sailing, horseback riding and piloting private planes. He was a past member of the Franklinton Lion’s Club, a current member of the Long Range Skeet Club and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton.
Survived by: Wife of 58 years: Martha Treanor McNeal of Franklinton; Son and Daughter in law: Mike McNeal, Jr. and Vickie McNeal of Franklinton; Daughter and Son in law: Lisa and Whit Davey of Coeurdalene, Idaho; Grandchildren and Spouses: Trey and Hannah McNeal, Jake Jermyn, Dustin and Stephanie Fortenberry, Kayla and Justin Bryson, Landon Magee. Christian Davey, Louden Davey, Cameron Davey; Great-grandchildren: Katie, Alyssa, Colton, Max, Luke, Thomas; Brother and Sister in law: James McNeal, Jr. and Jane McNeal of Austin, TX; Nephews: Jim McNeal, Jeff McNeal, Jerry McNeal, John McNeal and their families; Brothers in law and a Sister in law: Michael Treanor, Bobby and Janet Treanor
He was preceded in death by his parents James J. McNeal, Sr. and Johnie Pennington McNeal, mother in law Martha Treanor, father in law and step-mother in law Mercer and Hazel Treanor, brother in law Bucky Treanor, sister in law Theresa Treanor.
A graveside funeral service will be held in Ellis Cemetery at 2:00 pm Wednesday November 18th with Rev. Joe Baugh, Rev. Joey Miller and Dr. Cody Warren officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to First Baptist Church (950 Self Street, Franklinton, LA 70438) or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).
Pallbearers: Terry Harris, Robert Harris, Dean Thomas, Brandon Fussell, Scott Crain, Richard Courtney
Honorary Pallbearers: Johnnie Harris, Danny Harris, Richard Morgan, Ben Fussell, Harold Barber, Mike Creel