Thomas King McNeill, age 85, of Cassville, Missouri, died Sunday, October 31, 2010, at 4:07 p.m., in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dianne McNeill.
He was born in McDonald County, Missouri, on June 18, 1925, the son of John Bethel and Rilda Virginia (King) McNeill. He was united in marriage on May 12, 1944, at the family home in Purdy to Jessalyn Elizabeth Marshall. His grandfather Henry Smith King performed the ceremony.
He is survived by his loving wife Jessalyn for over sixty-six years; his son Gary and Dianne McNeill of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Craig McNeill of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Scott and Valarie McNeill of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Jeff and Jennifer McNeill of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two great grandchildren, Logan McNeill and Kasidy McNeill of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; two sisters, Ida Sue Henderson of Springfield, Missouri and Virginia McCallister and her husband, Bob of Fairfax, Virginia,; one brothers, Nolan and Barbara McNeill of Cassville, Missouri and one brother-in-law, Charles and Alecia Marshall of Purdy, Missouri; seven nephews, four nieces and numerous great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bee and Rilda McNeill, a niece, Sue Ann (McNeill) Doennig and nephew, Jeffrey Samuel Marshall.
Commonly known by family and friends as T.K., Tommy or Tom, and not to exclude the endearing dad, brother, son, husband and PaPa, he was born on the family farm in McDonald County west of Rocky Comfort and attended Rocky Comfort Schools through the 8th grade when he moved with the family to Barry County living southwest of Purdy. He was a 1943 graduate of Purdy High School. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, serving active duty throughout Europe. Tommy was decorated with the Victory Medal World War II, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and three Bronze Stars. He enjoyed an outdoor lifestyle and on November 10th each year saw him in the fields of McDonald and Barry counties hunting the elusive quail. James River, White River, Bull Shoals and Table Rock Lake were the destinations for very frequent bass fishing trips for most of his life. The trout of Roaring River State Park were pursued almost every morning before the "shop" opened at 8 A.M. in Cassville. He and his loving wife, Jessalyn owned and operated Nifty Cleaners from 1970 until his retirement in 1990. Tom was a life long Methodist. He was a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church at his death. Focus on the family was the mission for Tom McNeill with an unending love and full devotion to his lifelong love, Jessalyn.
Funeral services will be held at12:30 P.M., Saturday, November 6, 2010, in the United Methodist Church, Cassville under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Reverend Lee Porch will conduct the services. Burial with military honors will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield, Missouri.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until service time in the United Methodist Church, Cassville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 601 Gravel Street, Cassville, Missouri, in memory of Tommy. Paid obit
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