William MacDonald Neville
December 18, 1952 – January 20, 2019
Jamestown - William MacDonald Neville, age 66, of Jamestown, North Carolina passed away on Sunday January 20, 2019. William was born December 18, 1952 in Sanford, North Carolina to the late Janet MacDonald Neville and William Stroud Neville.
Known by his family as Billy Mac, his idyllic life in Sanford changed when the family moved to Raleigh in May, 1961. It was a rough transition for Bill, but there his interest in comic books became a lifelong passion. Eventually his artistic talent led him to do artwork for Marvel and Disney Studios.
In his early days at UNC Chapel Hill he helped to start the first campus radio station WCAR and then worked as a DJ in Golden Meadow, Louisiana and Greensboro, NC. After he got his degree in Commercial Art he worked at several advertising agencies, The Greensboro News & Record and Carson Dellosa Publishing. He and his very good friend, Terry Collins, self-published the Illustrated Andy Griffith Story in 1995.
He is survived by his wife Tara, they were together for 35 years; and his much loved sister Nancy Freeman and her husband Scott Freeman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Billy’s name to the ACLU, www.aclu.org/donate.
A Celebration of Life for Bill will be held at a later date and time.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.SechrestFunerals.com for the Neville family.
- William Stroud Neville, Father
- Janet Neville, Mother
- Tara Blomquist, Wife
- Nancy Freeman, Sister
- Scott Freeman, Brother-in-law
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
William MacDonald Neville
January 29, 2019
I have known Bill for many many years through his wife Tara who is my best friend since childhood. Over the years we spent many evenings together, watching or discussing some PBS or Indie gems, with Bill quietly chuckling at whatever caught his attention whether it was some dry British humor or a quirky irreverent comic take on something. In between he was never shy about showing his own wry sometimes witty sense of humor. Over the years I also saw many sides of Tara and Bill as a couple. One of the ways that most impressed me was the way they complemented each other as artists. Both had their strenghth and preferences in different areas and both contributed and supported each other‘s work and visions in their own way. Bill found a special soul in Tara, as Tara did in Bill.
Peace to you both. Andrea
January 25, 2019
I only met Bill one time, and I thought he was a really nice guy, but I got to know him through his sister Nancy who shared anecdotes and stories about him and their growing up years together. I know that Bill was one lucky guy to have a sister who loved him as much as Nancy did and a brother-in-law who was as fond of him as Scott.
Rest in peace, Bill.
January 24, 2019
Hi Ms. Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. While I only knew you and your family for a short time, I feel I was blessed. You are an amazing family and I will be thinking of you and praying for you as well. Please stay in touch.
January 23, 2019
Will always remember Billy's sense of humor and gift for creating cartoons. Melissa Anderson and Don Straffin