OBITUARY

Inman "Coot" Veal

July 9, 1932March 14, 2021

Inman “Coot” Veal, 88, was called home by God on Sunday, March 14, 2021 surrounded by his family after an extended battle with Neuropathy. A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Haddock Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron McClung officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Coot was born in Deepstep, Georgia to the late Forrest and Mary Veal. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Veal and brother-in-law, Lamar Bramblett. Veal attended Auburn University, where he played baseball and basketball. Selected in the 1960 American League expansion draft, he was the first player to come to bat in the history of the second modern (1961–71) Washington Senators franchise, now the Texas Rangers. On April 10, 1961, at Griffith Stadium, with President John F. Kennedy having thrown out the first ball, Veal led off the bottom of the first inning against Hall of Fame right-hander Early Wynn of the Chicago White Sox. He reached base on an infield single near third base, was advanced to second on a Marty Keough single to left, then scored (along with Keough) on a Gene Woodling triple. Played in major leagues from 1958-1963. Coot was inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter. He was retired Vice President from Macon Mine and Mill after forty-three years of service and was a member of Haddock Baptist Church. Coot was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, married for sixty-nine years, Mary Frank (Pank) Veal of Macon, children, Rick (Marie) Veal of Lawrenceville, Barbie (Jim) Ferrelle of Alpharetta, Barry (Diane) Veal of Gray, Brannen (Amy) Veal of St. Simons, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother, Donnie (Deanne) Veal of Tifton, sister-in-law, Barbara Bramblett of Oakridge, NC, brother-in-law, Claude (Jackie) Hollis of St. Simons, GA and several nieces and nephews.

Visit www.maconmp.com to express condolences. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his high school sweetheart, married for sixty-nine years, Mary Frank (Pank) Veal of Macon, children, Rick (Marie) Veal of Lawrenceville, Barbie (Jim) Ferrelle of Alpharetta, Barry (Diane) Veal of Gray, Brannen (Amy) Veal of St. Simons, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother, Donnie (Deanne) Veal of Tifton and eight nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

Memories

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Daryl Dove

October 7, 2021

A number of years ago, I went to a small local Baseball Card Show in New Market, VA. Much to my delight, while there, in walked a man who said he had played Major League Baseball. His name, "Coot" Veal. I had actually never heard of him before, but was so very Honored to meet him. We got to hang around him and and talk to him a little while, as well as get his autograph. I have been thinking of him the last little while and just saw where he had recently went Home to be with the Lord. I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss and how blessed I felt to meet him that day. He was very kind to us and what a joy it was to have the opportunity to meet him that day. May God bless you all and give you peace that this doesn't have to be the end, but only the Glorious beginning and you can see him again one day!!!

CoachRoy McWilliams

March 28, 2021

I just saw this...I love you all...My thoughts, prayers and admirations stand with you all...sorry for belated acknowledgement...HE was such an inspiring athlete, man, husband, father etc. to so many...
We have lost yet, another positive from earth; however... HEAVEN is yet/ still... a better place...my heart is with you all ... Roy!

Milton McBryant

March 21, 2021

So sorry to hear of "Coot's" passing. I have so many fond memories of this good man!.Our prayers are constant and caring for Mary Frank and all his family..May God bless you all.

LaRue Babbitt

March 20, 2021

My condolenses to the Family. Knew Inman (Coot) from High School years. So sorry for your loss, my prayers to Mary Frank, your children & all the family. LaRue Moore Babbitt..

Gayle, Frank and Brandon Borah

March 20, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry to hear about "Coot".

Gayle, Frank and Brandon Borah
Byron, Ga.

Mary Hartley

March 19, 2021

Mary Frank, Rick, and Family,

It is very sad to hear that Mr. Veal has passed away. He was a kind man. I fondly remember him . I pray for God's love to comfort you all in the days ahead and that you hold the loving memories forever in your hearts.

Mary Hartley

Nicole & Tanya Blackman

March 19, 2021

What A Beautiful, Full Life Your Amazing Father Was Able To Live! Our Prayers Are Forever With You And Your Entire Family. Love Always & Forever, Nicole & Tanya Blackman

Robert Murphy

March 19, 2021

To Mary Frank, and all the Family. I am sorry to hear of Inmans passing. He was a Friend ,teammate and classmate. My Condolences and Prayers are with the Family, during this difficult time. God Bless You All! Robert and Mary Murphy, Byron, Ga

Tommy and Toot Mixon

March 18, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Veal family.
Coot was a longtime fellow classmate, team mate , and friend. Health conditions prohibit us from joining you on Sat. but we will continue to keep you all in our prayers.
Sincerely,
Tommy Mixon and "Toot"

Pam Wyche

March 18, 2021

My Father, Joe Bruskie, and our family loved him and thoroughly enjoyed fishing with him for many years. Our love and sympathy to the family

FROM THE FAMILY