Sue Morrow McNEIL
December 13, 1939 – May 9, 2019
Sue Carolyn Morrow McNeil of Chattanooga died at home on May 9, 2019. She was 79. For nineteen years, she bested breast cancer, never letting it prevent her from doing the things she loved with the people she loved. Her husband Ronald A (Ronny) McNeil, son Michael McNeil of Atlanta, daughter Dr. Barbara McDonald of Wilmington, NC, grandchildren Austin and Madison McNeil and Ellen and Jackson McDonald, her sister Barbara Broach of Florence AL and her nephews Kent and Mark Kimberlin and their families all will testify that Sue, not cancer, was the boss of her life. Born in Bolivar TN to Austin and Violet Morrow, the youngest of three children, (Gorden, deceased in 1989 and Barbara Kimerlin Broach), Sue graduated from Lawrenceburg High School in 1957 and then entered the University of Tennessee. There she met and married Ronald McNeil of Kingsport TN in 1958. This year is their sixty-first anniversary, and that Sue loved Ronny, and Ronny loved Sue, was the truth of their marriage from beginning to end. In that 61 years, they raised and educated two children and four grandchildren, built a thriving pharmaceutical company from scratch, made literally hundreds of dear friends, were active in First Baptist Church and in their communities and schools. They actively supported good causes far and wide.
When she was able, Sue loved tennis, snow skiing, running, and exercise of all types. She was an avid reader and bridge player. She was a member of many organizations of service, as well as many groups organized for fun. She was a leader and a worker in every group of which she was a part. She loved traveling with the Tackies to places in the states, and with other dear friends and family to places all over the world.
However, Sue’s true passion was people. Ronny, Mike, Barbara, and the grandkids were always on her mind. She was planning with them and for them and guiding them daily. And still she had space in that mighty head for a host of friends. She gathered friends like a bee gathers honey, and she stored the dreams and worries and memories of literally hundreds of friends in her heart. She never forgot and she never quit loving each person in her life. Sue’s faith and love of God was clearly shown through her love for all His people.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga on Friday, May 17, at 2:30, with members of the Waters Class serving as honorary pallbearers. Visitation and celebration will follow at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.
Sue’s favorite charity, because of her granddaughter Ellen, is the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, (8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500, Sarasota FL 34238 or pwsausa.org) Sue loved her church and donations to First Baptist would also please her. Funeral arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home.
- Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019
- Celebration of Life Reception Friday, May 17, 2019
Sue Morrow McNEIL
May 16, 2019
Ronny, Barbara and Mike,
I hope that your treasured memories of Sue will soon overwhelm yor sense of loss. Throughout the many years of our friendship I always thought of her as one of the most practical, common-sensical women I ever knew. She taught me much about how to live, face adversity and how to die. Her faith was grounded and she truly personified the 23rd Psalm. My love and prayers for all of you , Barbara
May 15, 2019
Sue was not 79 years old, she was 79 years young! She was kind, wise, and strong. Truly a magnificent person to be with.
May 15, 2019
Ronny, Mike, and Barabra, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my prayers during this sad time. I know you will find comfort in each other and the memories you share of Sue. Blessings to all of you.
Jamie & Brooke Hawkins
May 14, 2019
I learned of Sue's passing yesterday and I simply wanted to let you know that Jamie and I are truly sorry for your loss. Sue was such an incredible lady on so many fronts and I always enjoyed being around her when those times were afforded us. Jamie and I simply wanted you and the family to know that we are thinking about you all and may God bless and keep you guys close. You all are certainly in our prayers.
Jamie & Brooke
May 14, 2019
Sunday-by-Sunday for as long as I can remember Sue McNeil occupied a certain spot in the
Water's Sunday school class. Sue's very presence was a hymn of praise and affirmation, encouraging each of us to live our lives to the fullest. When her relentless battle with cancer grew more intense Sue's determination to be in control grew stronger. I shall personally miss her warm, engaging smile!