OBITUARY

Oliver "Big O" Nealy

March 18, 1935January 9, 2021
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Oliver A. Nealy

Pickens – Oliver A. Nealy, 85, husband of Dianne Essig Nealy, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Oliver was born in Pickens, a son of the late J. A. “Bunk” and Nathalee Sammons Nealy. He was a 1954 graduate of Pickens High School where he played on the 1952 State Championship Football team. After graduation at Toccoa falls College and his marriage to Dianne, he stayed in Toccoa and took over facilities management of the college and even served as fire chief of the college.

In 1969 the Nealy’s returned to Pickens and he joined the Pickens County Sherriff’s Department when Sheriff David Stone was elected. In 1974 Oliver followed his grandfather’s footsteps and became Chief of Police of Pickens, a position he held until 1981 when he was elected Pickens County Clerk of Court. He served as Clerk of Court until his retirement in 2000.

An active church worker, Oliver served as Minister of Music for 11 years at East Pickens Baptist Church and 20 years for Secona Baptist Church where he was currently an active member of all activities of the church and Men’s Ministry.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dianne E. Nealy, his son, John Nealy (Sharon) of Pickens and his daughter, Katherine Davidson (Brian) of Pickens. Grandchildren include Jesse Nealy, Joseph Nealy (Shannon) and Jonathan Nealy and two step grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister, Sadie Lee.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 PM Thursday, January 14, 2021 at East Pickens Baptist Church with The Reverend Robert Bevill, Mr. Bart Turner and The Reverend Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will be private at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Secona Baptist Church, Vision Growth, 234 Secona Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Covid-19 precautions will be in place at the service. Guests will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting www.DillardHillcrest.com

Dillard Funeral Home Pickens, SC

  • FAMILY

  • Dianne E. Nealy, Wife
  • John Naly (Sharon), Son
  • Katherine Davidson (Brian), Daughter
  • Jesse Nealy, Grandchild
  • Joseph Nealy (Shannon), Grandchild
  • Jonathan Nealy, Grandchild
  • Sadie Lee, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jesse Nealy
  • Joseph Nealy
  • Jonathan Nealy
  • Woody Berrong
  • Dan Sharpe
  • Marc Lee

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Oliver "Big O" Nealy

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Brett Turner

January 14, 2021

Diane and Family,

Our hearts are broken but we celebrate in knowing Big O is at the feet of Jesus worshipping his Lord he loved so dearly. Big O's walk with the Lord forever impacted and changed our lives as a family.

Big O was a man that did right, he loved kindness, and he walked humbly with his Lord. He was a man of God.

We will miss him dearly, but we will see him again. We love you all and know we are praying for you.

Brett, Stacey, Jordan, Elijah & Reagan Turner

Deborah Eidson

January 14, 2021

Mrs Nealy, so sorry to hear of your loss!! Mr Nealy was such a kind, southern gentleman! I had the privilege to be his medical assistant with Sr Snipes to be apart of his healthcare through the years! He is leaving an Honorable legacy. prayers for you all🙏🏻🙏🏻

Deborah Eidson

Charles Hendricks

January 14, 2021

To the Nealey family we send our condolences for mr.Nealey he a very honorable servant of Pickens city and county faithful Servant of man kind. We will be praying that his memory continues to be an example to others,
Love and prayer Charlie Hendricks and family ❤️

Martha Seaborn

January 14, 2021

Diane:
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of our dear friend, Oliver. I have such special memories of you both at Secona.
Frank is hiking in Florida and he said to tell you he lost a very special friend in Oliver and sends his thoughts and prayers for you and the family.
May the Lord give you comfort and strength to face each day.
Love,
Martha Seaborn
Frank Masters

Linda (Browne) n Bill Grant

January 13, 2021

Dianne, we were so sorry to hear of Oliver’s Homegoing, but grateful to know he’s with the Jesus he loved and served for so long. Our years together TFI were great years, long to be remembered. Wish we could be there for his memorial, but, OC, Covid is a great preventer so we’ll just send our love and prayers to you and the family this way today.
Still loving you after all these years,
Linda and Bill Grant

Chuck Simmons

January 13, 2021

Oliver Nealy was a giant of a man who made a huge impact in so many lives. His faith, his quick smile and his optimistic outlook made him beloved to so many.
While we will miss him, so thankful he's home now.
Chuck Simmons

TIMOTHY LEE

January 12, 2021

Brother Oliver was a wonderful Christian and great friend. He served the Lord well for many years. Our prayers are with you.

Reggie Hawthorne

January 12, 2021

With loving thoughts to comfort you during this time of sorrow.

Randall Ferguson

January 11, 2021

I've known Oliver for many years especially in my younger years when I worked for the Pickens County building maintenance. He was always so nice to me. I worked in the Court House repairing things like lights and other problems that occurred. He was the nicest person you could ever meet,will miss him but know he's in a better place.

June and Connie Bowers

January 11, 2021

Thoughts and prayers coming your way. Oliver was a great person and friend and we have many good memories of him

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