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Wondering

Bolivar, MO

#1 Oct 13, 2009
I heard Rick Neal died, is this true?
sad

Oneida, TN

#3 Oct 13, 2009
Wondering wrote:
I heard Rick Neal died, is this true?
Yes, this is true. He passed away this morning.
concerned

Lancing, TN

#4 Oct 13, 2009
Is this the same Rick Neal that had the funeral home in Pine Knot?
Richard Aaron Neal

Houston, TX

#5 Oct 14, 2009
Actually my father did pass away. I do not visit this site often. As a matter of fact, I recieved a strange phone call this evening from an old friend Chris Tramell inwhich I have not seen any many years. He informed me that he had seen my father last night in Wal-Mart in Somerset. When I returned home last evening from work, I seen that Chris had emailed me stating that he had seen my dad, but was not for sure due to weight loss and time sense seeing each other. They never really encountered. I was in too late and never got the message and in was obviously bad timing. I spoke to my father on a daily basis. He left McCreary County some years back and moved to Myrtle Beach. He long to live there best I can remember. Growing up, we always went there every chance we could. My father was successful in business that was able to take us on vacations often until an unfortunate fie in 1993. He had let a policy on the building drop and we were underinsured. We fell into such debt that there were no paying off of all the bills and he tried several attempts to re-open in different location but in was no use. As all of us who are self-employed, we have two basic choices for a legacy that we leave behind in buisness. Good or bad. Dad left both. In business, I have came to find you can never please everyone...only attempt. Bad decisions will be make and good. Nevertheless, people recall only the bad. My dad was tough but fair. Anyone that trully new him would say, I hope I have Rick's number if I get stuck in snow. I am having tough times and mom has passed. Rick will work something out. My father was not perfect, but who is. In the past 8 months my father and Bonnie Davis seperated. It was too much to burden. As a crutch, he began drinking. His alchoho along with a strong case of heart disease in my family was too much. He was pronounced dead this morning while visiting a friend of the family in Nancy Ky. I am leaving from Houston early today and will be home for arrangements. I will have a saturday visitation at McCreary Funeral Home and Sunday service. I cannot mention all names, but I want to thank those who were friends of my fathers. All the families that I remember parking their cars as a young boy. The Kings, and Stephens. I remember setting in Phil Cheney's office with my dad. Joe Kidd was such a wonderful friend to my father and Karen Hatfield at the bank. Tweety Hatfield, Dr. Burgess, Dr. Patton, I recall going to their houses at night with my dad when sick or in need of something. All the Kidd and Trammell family. Jimmy Greene, Milford Creekmore, Dave Hamlin, all the local churches. Lemon Perry, Etc. Larry and Drex Campbell, Ronnie Wilson. Landon Sexton. All the friends that are not mentioned, these are only a few. I would appreciate if you would attend. It has been a long time and out of respect for my grandmother, it would mean the world to me to have you there. Warmest Regards.

Richard Aaron Neal
Successful Man

Lexington, KY

#6 Oct 14, 2009
Thank you, young Mr. Neal for your in-depth explanation and commentary on your father. He was a staple in the community for many, many years. He was truly loved and respected by so many.
In life, we all leave impressions on one another--good and bad. Your father worked in an unfortunate but necessary business. His duties must not have been easy, though it never seemed to slow him down. I remember him patting my father's hand in his casket the day we buried him. He talked to him just as he did when he was alive, though on this day his eyes were wet with tears and his voice quivered. He knew no strangers.
One thing I will always remember is your dad's policy of covering the deceased person's body with a blanket. If my memory serves me correctly, this was a tradition that started with your own grandmother. She expressed her fear of being cold after death, and the thought never left your father. From that point on, he covered everyone with a blanket before closing the casket. That one gesture soothed my heart through the years after my own parents passed away. I hope you will consider doing the same for him.
In closing, know that we all have demons to battle and crosses to bear. None of us is perfect, son. But if we can each leave this life a little better by just being in it, we can then call ourself a success. Rick Neal died a very succesful man.
At this time of sorrow, may these truths sustain you. Your dad will always be as close as a memory,
and the God of all comfort will always be as
close as a prayer.
Been many years

United States

#7 Oct 14, 2009
Hello Richard,

I am Ronnie Wilsons daughter, and I am very sorry to hear of your dad's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rita

Manchester, KY

#8 Oct 14, 2009
Aaron, I talked to your dad late Friday afternoon - he was in great spirits and was happy with life. He had planned to call tomorrow so we could get his divorce filed. I've known him for all of the 22 years I've worked for Curt Davis - there's never been a time he didn't keep in touch. He was in here a couple of weeks ago and showed me pictures of you and of Alisha and her husband - he was extremely proud of both of you. God bless you and Alisha and your sweet grandmother. My heart aches for her especially.
Walsh

Myrtle Beach, SC

#9 Oct 14, 2009
Richard,
Sorry to hear about your fathers unexpected death, I worked in the Myrtle Beach market and knew him through the business.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..

“My business”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#10 Oct 14, 2009
Richard Aaron Neal wrote:
Actually my father did pass away. I do not visit this site often. As a matter of fact, I recieved a strange phone call this evening from an old friend Chris Tramell inwhich I have not seen any many years. He informed me that he had seen my father last night in Wal-Mart in Somerset. When I returned home last evening from work, I seen that Chris had emailed me stating that he had seen my dad, but was not for sure due to weight loss and time sense seeing each other. They never really encountered. I was in too late and never got the message and in was obviously bad timing. I spoke to my father on a daily basis. He left McCreary County some years back and moved to Myrtle Beach. He long to live there best I can remember. Growing up, we always went there every chance we could. My father was successful in business that was able to take us on vacations often until an unfortunate fie in 1993. He had let a policy on the building drop and we were underinsured. We fell into such debt that there were no paying off of all the bills and he tried several attempts to re-open in different location but in was no use. As all of us who are self-employed, we have two basic choices for a legacy that we leave behind in buisness. Good or bad. Dad left both. In business, I have came to find you can never please everyone...only attempt. Bad decisions will be make and good. Nevertheless, people recall only the bad. My dad was tough but fair. Anyone that trully new him would say, I hope I have Rick's number if I get stuck in snow. I am having tough times and mom has passed. Rick will work something out. My father was not perfect, but who is. In the past 8 months my father and Bonnie Davis seperated. It was too much to burden. As a crutch, he began drinking. His alchoho along with a strong case of heart disease in my family was too much. He was pronounced dead this morning while visiting a friend of the family in Nancy Ky. I am leaving from Houston early today and will be home for arrangements. I will have a saturday visitation at McCreary Funeral Home and Sunday service. I cannot mention all names, but I want to thank those who were friends of my fathers. All the families that I remember parking their cars as a young boy. The Kings, and Stephens. I remember setting in Phil Cheney's office with my dad. Joe Kidd was such a wonderful friend to my father and Karen Hatfield at the bank. Tweety Hatfield, Dr. Burgess, Dr. Patton, I recall going to their houses at night with my dad when sick or in need of something. All the Kidd and Trammell family. Jimmy Greene, Milford Creekmore, Dave Hamlin, all the local churches. Lemon Perry, Etc. Larry and Drex Campbell, Ronnie Wilson. Landon Sexton. All the friends that are not mentioned, these are only a few. I would appreciate if you would attend. It has been a long time and out of respect for my grandmother, it would mean the world to me to have you there. Warmest Regards.
Richard Aaron Neal
Aaron,
My heart goes out to you and your family. I can remember you all living up the road from me, right across the street from my grandma. You all were always nice to me. I didn't know your father well, but have nothing bad to say about the man, he was always polite and nice to me and my family. I hope you and Alicia are well and I would love to hear from you all.
Holly
Walter

Johnson City, TN

#12 Oct 14, 2009
I sure hate to hear about this. My condolences to you Aaron, Alisha and family. Although I had not seen him for quite some time, I knew Rick fairly well and even helped out for a time in the funeral chapel back in the late 80's.
Working around the chapel I got to see him work in an area where not many did,that being the prep room downstairs. Without being to graphic, even in that setting, he always insisted that those we were preparing for service be treated just as they were still living. He would always say "this is someones loved one. Treat them like they were yours". That has stayed with me. Even at my age, I still consider trying to get into an apprenticeship and get licensed at some point. Plenty of places here around Oak Ridge and Knoxville to do that.
One thing about Rick Neal, the man knew and respected the funeral business and sure took care of lots of families there in the county back in the day. Went far beyond the normal call of duty several times.
I don't get back to the county as much as I need to but I may get up there for the visitation.
Again, condolences.
Little ol me

Somerset, KY

#14 Oct 16, 2009
Aaron, I am so sorry about the passing of your father. Rick was a wonderful man. May God give you and your family strength & comfort during this time. God bless you Aaron.
jennifer wilson

Wartburg, TN

#15 Oct 17, 2009
Richard Aaron Neal wrote:
Actually my father did pass away. I do not visit this site often. As a matter of fact, I recieved a strange phone call this evening from an old friend Chris Tramell inwhich I have not seen any many years. He informed me that he had seen my father last night in Wal-Mart in Somerset. When I returned home last evening from work, I seen that Chris had emailed me stating that he had seen my dad, but was not for sure due to weight loss and time sense seeing each other. They never really encountered. I was in too late and never got the message and in was obviously bad timing. I spoke to my father on a daily basis. He left McCreary County some years back and moved to Myrtle Beach. He long to live there best I can remember. Growing up, we always went there every chance we could. My father was successful in business that was able to take us on vacations often until an unfortunate fie in 1993. He had let a policy on the building drop and we were underinsured. We fell into such debt that there were no paying off of all the bills and he tried several attempts to re-open in different location but in was no use. As all of us who are self-employed, we have two basic choices for a legacy that we leave behind in buisness. Good or bad. Dad left both. In business, I have came to find you can never please everyone...only attempt. Bad decisions will be make and good. Nevertheless, people recall only the bad. My dad was tough but fair. Anyone that trully new him would say, I hope I have Rick's number if I get stuck in snow. I am having tough times and mom has passed. Rick will work something out. My father was not perfect, but who is. In the past 8 months my father and Bonnie Davis seperated. It was too much to burden. As a crutch, he began drinking. His alchoho along with a strong case of heart disease in my family was too much. He was pronounced dead this morning while visiting a friend of the family in Nancy Ky. I am leaving from Houston early today and will be home for arrangements. I will have a saturday visitation at McCreary Funeral Home and Sunday service. I cannot mention all names, but I want to thank those who were friends of my fathers. All the families that I remember parking their cars as a young boy. The Kings, and Stephens. I remember setting in Phil Cheney's office with my dad. Joe Kidd was such a wonderful friend to my father and Karen Hatfield at the bank. Tweety Hatfield, Dr. Burgess, Dr. Patton, I recall going to their houses at night with my dad when sick or in need of something. All the Kidd and Trammell family. Jimmy Greene, Milford Creekmore, Dave Hamlin, all the local churches. Lemon Perry, Etc. Larry and Drex Campbell, Ronnie Wilson. Landon Sexton. All the friends that are not mentioned, these are only a few. I would appreciate if you would attend. It has been a long time and out of respect for my grandmother, it would mean the world to me to have you there. Warmest Regards.
Richard Aaron Neal
I am Jennifer Wilson you probably don't remember me. I was married to Tim Wilson from Hayes Creek Church he passed away memorial day 2006. We loved and respected Rick.Tim did alot of work for Rick and never not one time did he not take care of Tim and I appreciate that. He was a good guy. Eli and Viola have also been good to me and my family. Our love and prayers are with you guys. Jennifer Wilson
friend of the family

Winfield, TN

#16 Oct 17, 2009
Dear Aaron, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, Rick was a wonderful and caring person, I hadn't saw Rick for several years, but had saw your grandma Viola, what a wonderful woman she is, I love you guys amd will be praying that GOD will lead you through this time of grief, and I too am suffering the loss of Rick, I am sorry tha Bonnie didn't stay with Rick and try to support him, but now that he is in heaven, GODS love and support is all he will ever need. May GOD bless all of you abundantly, Love you very much.
just saying

Somerset, KY

#17 Oct 25, 2009
Richard Aaron Neal wrote:
Actually my father did pass away. I do not visit this site often. As a matter of fact, I recieved a strange phone call this evening from an old friend Chris Tramell inwhich I have not seen any many years. He informed me that he had seen my father last night in Wal-Mart in Somerset. When I returned home last evening from work, I seen that Chris had emailed me stating that he had seen my dad, but was not for sure due to weight loss and time sense seeing each other. They never really encountered. I was in too late and never got the message and in was obviously bad timing. I spoke to my father on a daily basis.
He left McCreary County some years back and moved to Myrtle Beach. He long to live there best I can remember. Growing up, we always went there every chance we could. My father was successful in business that was able to take us on vacations often until an unfortunate fie in 1993. He had let a policy on the building drop and we were underinsured. We fell into such debt that there were no paying off of all the bills and he tried several attempts to re-open in different location but in was no use. As all of us who are self-employed, we have two basic choices for a legacy that we leave behind in buisness. Good or bad. Dad left both. In business, I have came to find you can never please everyone...only attempt. Bad decisions will be make and good. Nevertheless, people recall only the bad. My dad was tough but fair. Anyone that trully new him would say, I hope I have Rick's number if I get stuck in snow. I am having tough times and mom has passed. Rick will work something out. My father was not perfect, but who is. In the past 8 months my father and Bonnie Davis seperated. It was too much to burden. As a crutch, he began drinking. His alchoho along with a strong case of heart disease in my family was too much. He was pronounced dead this morning while visiting a friend of the family in Nancy Ky. I am leaving from Houston early today and will be home for arrangements. I will have a saturday visitation at McCreary Funeral Home and Sunday service. I cannot mention all names, but I want to thank those who were friends of my fathers. All the families that I remember parking their cars as a young boy. The Kings, and Stephens. I remember setting in Phil Cheney's office with my dad. Joe Kidd was such a wonderful friend to my father and Karen Hatfield at the bank. Tweety Hatfield, Dr. Burgess, Dr. Patton, I recall going to their houses at night with my dad when sick or in need of something. All the Kidd and Trammell family. Jimmy Greene, Milford Creekmore, Dave Hamlin, all the local churches. Lemon Perry, Etc. Larry and Drex Campbell, Ronnie Wilson. Landon Sexton. All the friends that are not mentioned, these are only a few. I would appreciate if you would attend. It has been a long time and out of respect for my grandmother, it would mean the world to me to have you there. Warmest Regards.
Richard Aaron Neal
I read in here that you said you were having tough times and your mom has passed? What did you mean? I am truly sorry for the loss of your father, he was a great man and I thought alot of him.
Cares

London, KY

#19 Oct 26, 2009
Does anyone know what the autopsy revealed as the cause of death?
Richard Aaron Neal

Houston, TX

#20 Oct 26, 2009
I'm still waiting. It's been two weeks. I do not want to break any disturbing news on our friend. However, I went to visit a friend that night and all I recieved was death threat
Cares wrote:
Does anyone know what the autopsy revealed as the cause of death?
So Sorry

Oneida, TN

#21 Oct 26, 2009
So sorry to hear about your loss.Your dad was very good to my family when my brother passed. He was so kind. Another friend of mine passed and he let me go in and sit with him alone for awhile before the layout. You should be very proud of your dad. He always had comforting words to say to the families who had lost loved ones.
Kevin

Somerset, KY

#22 Oct 31, 2009
Hey I am so sorry to hear about your father, My mother passed away in 1997, I had a very difficult time with that, Rick took time to talk with me for SEVERAL HOURS, Not only did he treat me with the HIGHEST RESPECT he opened up his Funeral home to me and my dad and brothers to have PRIVATE time with our mom and Wife. Dad is now gone too and Had Rick Neal been in Business I am sure Our family would have Allowed Rick to take care of Dad also.

We will NEVER please everyone and no matter how good of a Job we do someone will alway have something bad to say. Young man all i can say is Your dad was a BLESSING to our family in 1997 and his kind words and Not being too busy to talk to me will NEVER be forgotten. Another thing i have to say is Rich had UTMOST respect for People's family member he had. I had talked to him when Doris (mom) was in his funeral home and my heart was so broken. I hadnt had time to get Mom's clothes to Rick yet and was so upset. Rick told me "Kevin, your Mother will NEVER be taken to the holding room and left there UNCOVERED I NEVER leave my People's Body uncovered and I usually dont see them Nude either, They are ALWAYS COVERED and CLOTHED. That may not mean much to some but My mother was very very conscious of her being exposed when she was alive and I know how Some funeral homes are with bodys, Left uncovered Naked for anyone who enters to see. Thanks to Mr Rick Neal that was one worry i didnt have.

The lose of my Mother was so much easier due to Rick Neal and I Pray that God gives you the same avenue for someone to help you deal and help heal the empty place in your heart. Rick always had time for others, So i have this question in closing. Beside Jesus Christ Who on this earth has NEVER made a Mistake, Has Never did something or someone Wrong. Remember the good forget the bad and Let God take away the hurt and disappointment. Kevin
Richard Aaron Neal

Houston, TX

#23 Nov 1, 2009
Kevin, I remember when we had your mom. That was a long time ago. You know its strange. For me I cannot get use to the fact that I can't call him up and just shoot the breeze. See whats going on. He would laugh and say, why do you always call me with this usless, bull. He would laugh and say, you must take after your mothers side of the family. I was talking to my grandpa Eli and Viola a few days back. They said to me that it will get easier as time goes on. Guess so, but I am one that trully remembers dad. I was with him all the time. He taught me everything. He pushed me for college, he got me out of a few weekend stints in while in college....if yiou know what mean. Anyways, dad had a particular way of covering people. I remember it very well. By himself or with others. I stood and watched a gentlman bring someone in and did not. Guy been with dad 4 years. No excuses. Dad fired him on the spot. They remained friends. But he said my god, what if that was MY mother. Never forget that. Dad had one problem. he liked to have fun. Dad was never into drugs or that kind of thing. He liked to get together with friends and go out. Dad's biggest problem that I often have myself is business capitol. Always puts for a difficult time. The visitation was a good turnout. I waited until everyone was gone and buried dad myself. It was nice, infront of the old building on 92 the sherrif's dept stopped for 30 seconds in front of dads old place. That about did it for me. McCreary did a good job. I tried to be involved for most of it. Tim Corder is first class. And of course Maxine and Jimmy did their best. Gene Goodman took care of embalming dad. He wouild have wanted that. Anyways, I enjoyed the time with dad. He was tough on me though. WORK WORK WORK. But now I'm in houston with a beautiful wife and two kids with my own construction company. I have tough times too but because of him I did my own thing. I concidered moving back home at one time and doing a funeral home. Would not be the same without dad though.
Kevin wrote:
Hey I am so sorry to hear about your father, My mother passed away in 1997, I had a very difficult time with that, Rick took time to talk with me for SEVERAL HOURS, Not only did he treat me with the HIGHEST RESPECT he opened up his Funeral home to me and my dad and brothers to have PRIVATE time with our mom and Wife. Dad is now gone too and Had Rick Neal been in Business I am sure Our family would have Allowed Rick to take care of Dad also.
We will NEVER please everyone and no matter how good of a Job we do someone will alway have something bad to say. Young man all i can say is Your dad was a BLESSING to our family in 1997 and his kind words and Not being too busy to talk to me will NEVER be forgotten. Another thing i have to say is Rich had UTMOST respect for People's family member he had. I had talked to him when Doris (mom) was in his funeral home and my heart was so broken. I hadnt had time to get Mom's clothes to Rick yet and was so upset. Rick told me "Kevin, your Mother will NEVER be taken to the holding room and left there UNCOVERED I NEVER leave my People's Body uncovered and I usually dont see them Nude either, They are ALWAYS COVERED and CLOTHED. That may not mean much to some but My mother was very very conscious of her being exposed when she was alive and I know how Some funeral homes are with bodys, Left uncovered Naked for anyone who enters to see. Thanks to Mr Rick Neal that was one worry i didnt have.
The lose of my Mother was so much easier due to Rick Neal and I Pray that God gives you the same avenue for someone to help you deal and help heal the empty place in your heart. Rick always had time for others, So i have this question in closing. Beside Jesus Christ Who on this earth has NEVER made a Mistake, Has Never did something or someone Wrong. Remember the good forget the bad and Let God take away the hurt and disappointment. Kevin
Cares

Liberty, KY

#24 Nov 16, 2009
Richard Aaron Neal wrote:
I'm still waiting. It's been two weeks. I do not want to break any disturbing news on our friend. However, I went to visit a friend that night and all I recieved was death threat
<quoted text>
Aaron, have you heard any thing back from the autopsy yet? What did you mean by I went to visit a friend that night and all I received was death threat? Did you get a death threat or Rick? Either way it doesn't sound good. I hope you all have been doing okay!

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