OBITUARY

Buford Gerald Neas

July 8, 1938October 8, 2020
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Buford Gerald Neas passed away October 8th, 2020 at the VA Hospital in Johnson City, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief battle with cancer.

Buford, more often referred to as "Pops" by his grandchildren and all of their friends, retired from Kraft Foods and Dairyman. He spent many hours on Douglas Lake with his son Mike, doing what he enjoyed most, fishing. He enjoyed camping with his family and traveling as long as he could get home to see "the kids" in a few days.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judy Dewitt Neas; his "little girl" and special son-in-law, Lori and Barrett Bragdon; his special son and special daughter-in-law, Michael and Andrea Neas, all of Greeneville; his grandchildren, B.J. and Jennifer Gray, Seth Bragdon, Tanner Neas, Abby Herndon, and Megan Herndon and fiancé Charlie Baker; great grandchildren: Roanan Bragdon and Hannah Banther; and one great-great granddaughter, Paisley Hinkle; two brothers-in-law, Bill and Karen DeWitt of Afton and Jack DeWitt and fiancée, Edwana Boucher of Nashville; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Olmstead and Peggy and Andrew Renner; several cousins, including one special cousin, Trixie Venerable; nephews and nieces, Richard and Jennifer Renner of Summerville, SC, Dr. Cheryl DeWitt of Knoxville, Mark DeWitt of Durham, NC, Chris Renner, and Shannon and April Johnson of Greeneville; a host of great nephews and great nieces, as well as many friends and fishing buddies.

Buford was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and L.V. Neas, one infant brother, and one great grandson, Blaine Banther.

Pallbearers will be Seth Bragdon, B.J. Gray, Chris Renner, Ritchie Renner, Charlie Baker, Shannon Johnson, and Mark DeWitt.

Friends and family will meet at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home at 1pm Monday to go in procession to GreeneLawn Memory Gardens for a military graveside service at 2pm.

There will be no formal visitation with family; however, friends may drop by the funeral home Sunday at their convenience or Monday prior to the service to pay their respects. Due to Buford's love for animals, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends bring a bag of dog or cat food to the funeral home that will be distributed to the Greene County Animal Shelter by the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Judy DeWitt Neas, Wife of 57 years
  • Lori Bragdon (Barrett), His "Little Girl"
  • Michael Neas (Andrea), Special Son
  • B. J. Gray (Jennifer), Grandchild
  • Seth Bragdon, Grandchild
  • Tanner Neas, Grandchild
  • Abby Herndon, Grandchild
  • Megan Herndon (Fiancé, Charlie Baker), Grandchild
  • Roanan Bragdon, Great Grandchild
  • Hannah Banther, Great Grandchild
  • Paisley Hinkle, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Bill DeWitt (Karen), Brother-in-law
  • Jack DeWitt (Fianceé, Edwana Boucher), Brother-in-law
  • Barbara Olmstead, Sister-in-law
  • Peggy Renner (Andrew), Sister-in-law
  • Trixie Venerable, Special Cousin
  • Richard Renner (Jennifer), Nephew
  • Dr. Cheryl DeWitt, Niece
  • Mark DeWitt, Nephew
  • Chris Renner, Nephew
  • Shannon Johnson (April), Nephew
  • Cleo and L. V. Neas, Parents (deceased)
  • Floyd Olmstead, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Blaine Banther, Great Grandson (deceased)
  • He also leaves several cousins, a host of great nephews and great nieces, as well as many friends and fishing buddies to cherish his memory.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Seth Bragdon
  • B. J. Gray
  • Chris Renner
  • Ritchie Renner
  • Charlie Baker
  • Shannon Johnson
  • Mark DeWitt

Services

  • Military Graveside Service

    Monday, October 12, 2020

Memories

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Andy Ricker

October 23, 2020

I have so many memories from watching him play pinball at N&R Amusement to fishing off his pontoon boat and visiting with him at his house on the lake. You'll be missed

Mary Helen Clowers

October 11, 2020

Judy, Lori, and Mike.....so sorry to hear of the death of Buford. Prayers that God will wrap His loving arms around each of you, bringing comfort and peace to you during this sad time.

Duane and Mary Helen Clowers

Roger and June Swatzell

October 11, 2020

We had many,many great time on Douglas lake. I sure will miss my fishing buddy -Roger
We love everyone and we are praying for you all-June

Marshall Brown

October 10, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the Neas Family at this time.May the Lord bless each of you on the loss of a wonderful man...

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Biography

Buford Gerald Neas passed away October 8th, 2020 at the VA Hospital in Johnson City, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief battle with cancer.

Buford, more often referred to as "Pops" by his grandchildren and all of their friends, retired from Kraft Foods and Dairyman. He spent many hours on Douglas Lake with his son Mike, doing what he enjoyed most, fishing. He enjoyed camping with his family and traveling as long as he could get home to see "the kids" in a few days.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judy Dewitt Neas; his "little girl" and special son-in-law, Lori and Barrett Bragdon; his special son and special daughter-in-law, Michael and Andrea Neas, all of Greeneville; his grandchildren, B.J. and Jennifer Gray, Seth Bragdon, Tanner Neas, Abby Herndon, and Megan Herndon and fiancé Charlie Baker; great grandchildren: Roanan Bragdon and Hannah Banther; and one great-great granddaughter, Paisley Hinkle; two brothers-in-law, Bill and Karen DeWitt of Afton and Jack DeWitt and fiancée, Edwana Boucher of Nashville; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Olmstead and Peggy and Andrew Renner; several cousins, including one special cousin, Trixie Venerable; nephews and nieces, Richard and Jennifer Renner of Summerville, SC, Dr. Cheryl DeWitt of Knoxville, Mark DeWitt of Durham, NC, Chris Renner, and Shannon and April Johnson of Greeneville; a host of great nephews and great nieces, as well as many friends and fishing buddies.

Buford was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and L.V. Neas, one infant brother, and one great grandson, Blaine Banther.

Pallbearers will be Seth Bragdon, B.J. Gray, Chris Renner, Ritchie Renner, Charlie Baker, Shannon Johnson, and Mark DeWitt.

Friends and family will meet at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home at 1pm Monday to go in procession to GreeneLawn Memory Gardens for a military graveside service at 2pm.

There will be no formal visitation with family; however, friends may drop by the funeral home Sunday at their convenience or Monday prior to the service to pay their respects. Due to Buford's love for animals, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends bring a bag of dog or cat food to the funeral home that will be distributed to the Greene County Animal Shelter by the family.

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