Ozell Neal

January 14, 1922May 3, 2018

Ozell was born in St. Joe, TX. to John and Martha Hollinsworth. She had 10 brothers and sisters, which included 2 sets of twins of which she was one. She is predeceased by all her siblings.

She married Noble B. Neal on May 24, 1943, who predeceased her. She is survived by her 3 three children – Donna Neal of Sacramento, CA., Deryl Neal of Carlsbad, CA, and Steve Neal of Dallas, TX.; and 4 grandchildren – Charon Tallent of Sacramento, CA, Leah de la Cerra of Carlsbad, CA, Bryce Neal of Seattle, WA and Brandy Montgomery of Houston, TX; and 6 great-grandchildren.

At the beginning of World War II, at age 20, she left home and rode a bus to California, where she became one of the original “Rosie the Riveter” workers at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, CA. She was very proud of her work for the war effort. Noble was stationed in Monterey, CA. and about a year later went AWOL to meet her and proposed. They were married in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They returned to Lubbock after the war and raised 3 children, moving between California and Lubbock several times. Ozell lived the past 6 years in Carlsbad, CA.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 10 AM, Thurs., May 31, 2018 at The Abbey Chapel at Resthaven with interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 3-6 PM, Wed., May 30, 2018 at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Lubbock, TX. Online condolences may be offered on our website at


  • John and Martha E. Hollingsworth, Parents
  • Siblings ~, ~
  • Noble B. Neal, Husband
  • Donna Neal, Deryl Neal and Steve Neal, Children
  • Charon Tallent, Leah de la Cerra, Bryce Neal and Brandy Montgomery, Grandchildren
  • 6 Great-grandchildren, ~



  • Visitation Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Graveside Services Thursday, May 31, 2018


  • Officiating

Ozell Neal

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