July 20, 1931 – November 20, 2018
JW O'Neal, age 87, of Arlington, Texas passed away on Tuesday November 20, 2018. J was born July 20, 1931 in Cedar Hill, Texas to James Lee and Cora Lee O'Neal. JW became a member of First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill at 12 years old and was a superintendent for 55 years. After the 8th grade he left school to go to work. He was a hard working man who never gave up and believed in doing everything to the best of his ability. After pursuing Lilly for quite some time they began to date and on April 14, 1951 they were married.
JW enjoyed working as a neon sign maker and blowing glass. He loved being able to work with the children in his church, riding motorcycles and his cars. He would trade his car out every 2 years. At the end of WWII he enlisted in the US Navy where he served proudly for a few years before joining the US Navy Reserve where he served 40 years. During that time he was also a member of Easter Stars since February 15, 1978, past Patron of Lonnie L Blake Lodge #1116, Lancaster Lodge #943, Ferris Lodge #508 and past Master with Ferris Masonic Lodge #460.
He was an outgoing character who loved everyone and was loved by everyone. A humble, fine outstanding man who enjoyed yoga in the later years and lived life to the fullest. A true fighter he came back from almost every illness. Many would say his love and strength came through his devout faith and love for his Lord.
JW is survived by; brother Jimmy O'Neal and his wife, Becky, Von O'Neal and his wife, Mary, sister Shirley Forrest and her husband, Randal; sister-in-law Esther O'Neal; niece: Judy Crowley, Myra Land, Debra Boyle, Susie Sanchez, Jacinda Stevick, Jackie Lemons, Janice Linch, Ginger Wall; nephews: Alvin Taylor, Ronnie O'Neal, Steve Forrest, Larry Forrest, David Forrest, Kevin O'Neal, Thomas Jones.
JW was preceded in death by his wife Lilly O'Neal; mother Cora Lee Holveck O'Neal, father James Lee O'Neal, brother Gerald O'Neal and sister Bernice Brewton; niece Anethia Brewton, niece Linda Brewton, and niece Dottie Brewton.
Visitation for J will be held Friday, November 23, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Beltline Road, 2951 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052. A funeral service will occur Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill, 128 North Roberts Road, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. A graveside service will occur Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:15 AM at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mt. Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beanmasseyburge.com for the O'Neal family.
- Lilly O'Neal, Wife
- James O'Neal, Brother
- Becky O'Neal, Sister-in-law
- Von O'Neal, Brother
- Mary O'Neal, Sister-in-law
- Shirley Forrest, Sister
- Randal Forrest, Brother-in-law
- Gerald O'Neal, Brother
- Esther O'Neal, Sister-in-law
- Bernice Brewton, Sister
- Judy Crowley, Niece
- Myra Land, Niece
- Debra Boyle, Niece
- Alvin Taylor, Nephew
- Susie Sanchez, Niece
- Ronnie O'Neal, Nephew
- Steve Forrest, Nephew
- Larry Forrest, Nephew
- David Forrest, Nephew
- Kevin O'Neal, Nephew
- Jacinda Stevick, Niece
- Thomas Jones, Nephew
- Jackie Lemons, Niece
- Janice Linch, Niece
- Ginger Wall, Niece
- Anethia Brewton, Niece
- Linda Brewton, Niece
- Dottie Brewton, Niece
- Honorary Pallbearers are members of Mr. O'Neal's Masonic Lodge.
- Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, November 26, 2018
December 9, 2018
I first met JW and Lilly at Six Flags Mall about twenty years ago, when I was walking with my then-toddler son Anthony. Miss Lilly doted on my younger son and Mr JW was a gentle quiet presence, always by her side. We moved about 8 years later, but we kept in touch by mail. It broke my heart when JW called with the news that Lilly had passed. We continued to keep in touch with JW by mail, and once we were even able to visit him at his home while we were in town. He was a gentle, quiet soul with us, full of the wisdom that comes from years of following the Lord and studying His Word. Whenever I wrote him, I knew his response would be loving and encouraging. I will miss knowing he is just a letter away, but I am happy for him because I know how much he has missed his sweet Lilly. My prayers for his extended family.
Leslie Harder, North Carolina
November 24, 2018
I am going to miss your big smile & your hugs I would get from you every Sunday morning!! I'm going to miss our visit that we would have as I greeted everyone as they came into church on Sunday mornings!! The nice long visit we had when you & I went to Dairy Queen for that delicious banana split!! The nice long visit Mike & I had with you at your house!! The I love you's I would get every Sunday morning before I would join my husband for our church service!!! I could go on & on but the one special memory I will cherish forever is calling you PawPaw because that's what you were to me & such a sweet one at that!!! This is not a goodbye it's just see ya later & may you R.I.P. with precious Lilly!! I love you PawPaw!!!❤
November 23, 2018
I will forever miss your hugs, your smile, our talks about your ties, and always, always talking about “top down” or “top up” weather!!! You were a true one of a kind gentleman. Rest In Peace with Lilly! Love you❤️
November 23, 2018
He loved to live life to the fullest.
November 21, 2018
Rest in Peace Uncle J. I will miss your presence, sense of humor and wit.