OBITUARY

Rickey H. Neal

October 27, 1947May 11, 2013
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Rickey Harold Neal of Marietta, GA died, unexpectedly, May 11, 2013 at his home at the age of 65. Services will be held 10:00am Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from the chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw.

Rickey had a 30+ year career in law enforcement, most of which was spent with the Georgia State Patrol. During his time with the State Patrol he was called upon to escort and protect domestic and foreign dignitaries and especially enjoyed escorting local football coaches and teams. His public service was preceded by stint in the military where he was a decorated combat veteran in the Vietnam War.

Rickey was an avid hunter, knife collector and "conversationalist". Rickey was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, soldier, trooper and friend.

Rickey was preceded in death by his father, Quentin Neal of Fairmount, GA and is survived by:

Jean Ann Neal wife Marietta, GA

Mary Lou Neal mother Ranger, GA

Heath Neal son Cartersville, GA Beth Neal daughter in law Eaiden Neal grandson Eoin Neal grandson Rhys Neal grandson

Brooke Louw daughter Acworth, GA Andrew Louw son in law Jackson Louw grandson Asher Louw grandson Skylar Louw granddaughter

Duff Boyd son Knoxville, TN KeeYoung Boyd daughter in law Bailey Boyd granddaughter Sydney Boyd granddaughter Carter Boyd grandson

Bart Boyd son Kennesaw, GA Melissa Boyd daughter in law McKenna Boyd granddaughter Perrin Boyd granddaughter Braedon Boyd grandson

Janie Lambert sister Ranger, GA Butch Lambert brother in law Waylan Lambert nephew Jessica Lambert niece

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 6pm until 9pm at the funeral home.

Donations have been requested to the Wounded Warrior Fund in Rickey's honor.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Eddie Brannon

May 16, 2013

Every one who knew Rickey I'm sure has a Rickey story or two. I have many memories of Rickey especially during the 70's. When he was with the City of Calhoun Police Department during night patrol he would pull pranks all the time. We had barracks behind our funeral home where the ambulance workers would sleep. He would come by all during the night and wake us up just for the fun of it. If we were out on a call, he would pour an entire bottle of baby power in our beds. He would cut our electric heater off in the winter and put a firecracker against the coil and when we would turn it on the firecracker would explode. He destroyed several heaters. He would call in a false call and would have the doors locked to the ambulances and the keys in his pocket and be hid close by and watch us panic. I could go on and on. I will always remember Rickey.

Dan Spruiell

May 15, 2013

We spent many hours talking around the post kitchen table talking with Rickey...Mainly listening to Rickey talk..lol. He was a GREAT guy ! Rickey and I escorted the Georgia Tech Football Team on several occasions from north I-285 down to Grant Field (Riding Motorcycles). Rickey was one of those guys that you wanted on your side if things went bad. He was a "Trooper" at heart and one tough dude. GSP #313

Kathy Key

May 15, 2013

You are all in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Cindy Smith

May 15, 2013

Just remember that beautiful smile and the wonderful memories you shared with him will live on in your heart forever... with time the pain will subside and the memories become very sweet and remain with you...nothing can take those from you! Just until you meet again! I am sorry for your loss of such an outstanding role model...

May 15, 2013

Rick Neal was a husband, father, friend and true American. He served his country well, served his community as a state trooper and served his friends and family with a loyalty not common in today's world. He was outspoken, opiniated and called it like it was! Wish more were like him! May you rest in peace Rickey we miss you more than you EVER could have known. Jose Mendoza and Teri Kitchie!

May 15, 2013

We were sorry to hear about Rickey. We have not seen him in many years, but we still remember his sweet smile and hug!
He was a sweet person and we know that he will be missed in your lives. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all!
We love you. Pat Bowen, Jackie and Teddy Thurman, and Annette Clark

Dean Adams

May 14, 2013

So sorry for the loss of Rickey. Many fond memories. Fairmount boys are hard to beat! Prayers fir the family.

Kim Logan

May 14, 2013

So sorry to hear about Rickey. I haven't seen him in years but knew him as child in Fairmount. He was always allot of fun and know yall will miss him. We lost our precious daddy 6 weeks ago too so know the pain well. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Janie, Butch , Mary Lou and the kids...we love yall.

Kim Bowen Logan and Family
Pat and Terry Bowen's Daughter

Rob Davis

May 14, 2013

When I hear the name Rickey Neal, I think of happiness and a huge smile. The gallery says it all. Live life to the fullest. I am thankful to know Rickey. GOD HAS A TRUE MAN AND A TRUE AMERICAN by his side. My deepest sympathies to Jean Ann, Zeke, Bart, Brooke and entire family.

May 14, 2013

Rickey was a good man. I graduated with him from Fairmount High School in 1966. He was an Outstanding Athlete and Im sure if he had ever had the chance he would have made the Big Leagues playing Baseball. He could throw one mean curve ball. My thoughts and Prayers are with Janie, Butch and Family. Stan Harris