Jesse Lee Neal, the son of William A. and Clara Lowery Neal, was born in Bell City on June 21, 1919, and died on Dec. 23, 2003, at the VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff at the age of 84.
Mr. Neal had lived in Blytheville, Ark., and St. Louis but had spent most of his life in Dexter. He had worked for Elder Manufacturing for over 25 years and had worked for the Dexter Schools for seven years. He was a member of the Liberty Hill General Baptist Church and the V.F.W. Post in Bloomfield. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II with tours in Australia and New Guinea.
On Oct. 18, 1941, he was married to Mable Payne near Bloomfield.
He is survived by his wife, Mable Neal of Dexter; one son, Jimmy Dale Neal of Maryville, Tenn.; two daughters, Ruth Ann Silvey of Dexter and Vicki Lynne Davison of Poplar Bluff; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Novella Nelson of Campbell, Omega Lovett of Round Lake, Ill., Bernice Gardner of Essex, and Joye Sue Maulding of Festus.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Lee Neal; one sister, Imogene Evans; and two brothers, James R. and William L. Neal.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Frank Bain of Dexter officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with military honors conducted by the Southeast Missouri Honor Guard of Poplar Bluff with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of all arrangements.