Joseph Harold Neeley

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Joseph Harold Neeley, 76, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

Harold was born on October 29, 1938, in Cassville, and graduated from Monett High School in 1956.

His father, William Joseph Neeley, and his mother, Edith Lucille Neeley, preceded him in death as well as a son-in-law, Gary Don Smith.

He married the love of his life, Janet, on October 14, 1995. He and Janet believed strongly in the Springfield Community, and took every opportunity to give back by donating to The Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, and The Victory Mission, to name a few. He was a member of Southgate Baptist Church and loved his church family. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners.

Harold enjoyed restoring old cars and was in the car business for over 40 years, retiring from Central Dodge of Springfield in 2013. He also had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, vacations to the beach in Florida, spending time with horses, and his sweet canine companions Kayce and Maggie.

Survivors include: his beautiful wife of 19 years, Janet Neeley, of Sparta; daughters, Joni Berry and husband Steve, of Lenora, Kan., Sherry Crabtree and husband Don, of Oletha, Kan., Dana Neeley-Smith of Springfield, and Monica Furgeson and husband, Jerry, of Springfield; stepson, Rich Harris of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren, Amanda, Kayla, Anna and James Berry, Neeley Furgeson, and Jordan Smith; two step-grandsons, Caleb and Josh Smith; two great-grandchildren, Chase and Averie. Three sisters, Jan Bishop and husband, Wendell, of Seligman, Anne Williams, of Tulsa, Okla., and Donna Hammontree, of Bois D'Arc; and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was the most kind and gracious man who never met a stranger. His smile was contagious and unforgettable. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but we take comfort in knowing he is with our Heavenly Father.

Funeral services were Friday, September 11 in Southgate Baptist Church with Pastor John Black officiating under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the aforementioned charities.