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Neal Sheppard George

December 21, 1993October 12, 2020
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Neal Sheppard George, age 26, of Brunswick, Georgia, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 as the result of an accident.

Neal was born in Savannah, Georgia and moved to Brunswick when he was four. He loved living on the coast and was happiest when he was camping by the river, fishing and listening to music. A true country boy, Neal enjoyed riding country roads and just being outdoors. He was extremely patriotic and a huge fan of the Georgia Bulldogs. Neal never missed a UGA football game, whether in person or on TV. He loved pets and people, especially children, and was a kind, compassionate, sweet spirit who was always there to help friends and family with words of encouragement. He will be truly missed.

His maternal grandfather, Gene Taggart, paternal grandparents, John A. George, Sr. and Mary Nell George and an uncle, John A. George, Jr., preceded Neal in death.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Tammy Taggart Purvis and Lamar Purvis of Brunswick; father and step-mother, Scott A. and Connie S. George of Garden City; two brothers, Christopher George of Brunswick and Alexander George (Brittany Kobayashi) of Indianapolis, Indiana; sisters, Diana George of Garden City and Jennifer Williams (Jimmy) of Brunswick; maternal grandmother, Gail Beck of Blairsville, Georgia; an aunt, Debbie George of Savannah and five uncles, Tommy Taggart of Savannah, Terry Taggart (Karen) of Bloomingdale, Teddy Taggart of Richmond Hill, Donald George (Beth) of Savannah and Joseph George (Cindy) of Richmond Hill.

The family will receive friends between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 pm at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Gathering

    Friday, October 16, 2020

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Joey George

October 16, 2020

Our whole family loves Neal very much and he will be sadly missed! My nephew was a sweet and loving young man and he was always a pleasure to be around. I had got to know him pretty well over the last few years because he and our son Bryan were not only first cousins, but they were also good friends. Neal would come over sometimes to spend the day with Bryan and wind up staying for two or three days because they were having so much fun. One day last summer, Neal and Bryan invited me to go with them to St. Simons beach. I am not sure why they asked an old geezer like me to go with them, but we really had a great time! Neal kept us entertained with his jokes, impressions and Georgia "rants". He also introduced me to the "Old Greg" videos that day. I laughed more that day than I had in years!

Marty & Connie Butler

October 15, 2020

Tammy & Scott,
Our deepest sympathy to both of your families. You are on our minds & in our hearts. Praying for Peace , Strength & Understanding that only God can give for each of you. Got to spend some time with Neal while visiting Joey & Cindy a while back .He came up to visit Bryan one weekend. Shared some stories with him about all of us cousins getting together when we were young & getting into trouble. We had some good laughs about that.
Love , Connie & Marty Butler

Vicki Turner

October 15, 2020

I can still make myself laugh out loud about some of you and Amanda's (what seemed like) sibling rivalry antics when you two were little. You grew up to be such a sweet and loving young man. I know your heart is full looking down from heaven seeing all the hearts you have touched during your short sweet, loving time with us. You were loved by many and have a special place tucked away in my heart.

Butch Cooke

October 14, 2020

Neil, I am so thankful to God that you and I just spent a day on the river together to get our past crossings clear and clarified. I fully respect you for showing me great respect and hanging out with me all day. The conversation on that river I'll never forget. You are truly an amazing person and I highly admire you. You fly high my friend. Soon enough the rest of us will be flying with you.

Terry Taggart

October 14, 2020

Neal, you were such a unique person. A happy accident (gift from God) that your parents were truly puzzled by. You made us all love you with your heart of gold and funny ways. I remember one time you were probably 5 or 6 and your mom dropped you off at my work so you could spend the weekend with us. As we got in the truck, you hollered out 'bye mom' but the door closed before we could hear any reply. You quietly said to yourself 'bye son'. That one still cracks me up. Thanks for giving us such great memories :) We will always love you - Uncle Terry

Tammy Purvis

October 14, 2020

My baby. He was my youngest. He was my precious baby from DAY ONE. This is the sonogram that introduced Neal to me so long ago. I was 26 years old and in college (something I waited until Neal's older brothers had gone to school to do). Neal was a total surprise having been conceived after his dad had a minor surgery that was supposed to have made him impossible! He was born with jaundice and had to rest under a blue light. Since he was such a little miracle, we thought it appropriate that he was "bathed in light" all the time for those first few days.

At some point, Neal became the one who would hold me (instead of me holding him) in those big bear hugs that felt so very good. He was a momma's boy - no doubt about it - and no offense intended to Scott or Lamar (dad and stepdad).

As much as anything else about Neal, I will miss that feeling of my youngest child taking me up in a bear hug, rubbing his beard on my neck to make me laugh and squirm, calling me "Mommy" and then settling it down to a serious moment just to be sure the love wasn't lost in the fun before releasing me. No one else can do that and I am going to miss it until my last day.

Tammy Purvis

October 14, 2020

The "skinny" "no smiling" days. I could not get the boy to smile for anything. He thought it was not cool to smile.
(from Neal's mom"

Tammy Purvis

October 14, 2020

Neal at 8 years old with Uncle Terry and a broken arm - the crazy thing is, even though I am his mother, I can't remember how he broke it! It was either roller blading, skate boarding at Rock Bottom, at the skating rink, in karate, jumping from the trellis into the river at Altamaha Park, wrestling with his brothers...you get the picture!

Tammy Purvis

October 14, 2020

This was in Yellowstone in 2011. Neal scared me (his mom) something fierce when I saw him laid out like this so close to the edge. It isn't an optical illusion! Of course, he thought it was very funny.

Tammy Purvis

October 14, 2020

Neal with his cousin, Gena, while on a Caribbean cruise with his Uncle Terry, Aunt Karen and cousin Matthew. Gena was a cousin and good friend and he loved her very much. It was an extra perk that all of Gena's friends were beautiful, too!

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