Thaddeus Bailey O'Neal
November 23, 1950 – October 21, 2019
Thaddeus (Thad) Bailey O’Neal, 68, of Madison, passed away Monday, October 21st, at his home after a two-year battle with cancer.
Born in Greenwood, Mississippi on November 23, 1950, to Pearl Bailey O’Neal and Kenneth (Tom) Lois O’Neal, he was raised in Itta Bena before moving to Jackson in 1960. He attended Provine High School and graduated in 1970 from Council McCluer High School. He later attended Hinds Junior College.
Thad began his forty-year career in the foodservice industry as a Sales Representative with Fraering Brokerage Company in 1977 before taking a position with C. F. Sauer Company in 1978. He joined Hunt-Wesson Foods in 1980 as a Territory Manager and was later promoted to Field Sales Manager for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. During his nearly 20 years with Hunt-Wesson, he was named a Most Valuable Performer numerous times and also received the prestigious Golden Tomato Award. In 1997, he joined Sales Concepts, Inc. as the General Manager and worked in this role until his retirement in 2018. He served multiple terms on the Industry Advisory Board for the Mississippi School Nutrition Association.
Thad was an avid Ole Miss fan with season tickets in both football and baseball. He relished his role as the senior member of Tent Spot 8 at Swayze Field. He enjoyed playing golf and always looked forward to the annual Hunt-Wesson Old Timers Golf Reunion.
Thad was a loving father, husband and friend whose greatest passion was time spent with his family. He thoroughly enjoyed being Grand Thad to his granddaughters and was looking forward to the upcoming birth of his grandson, Jackson Bailey O’Neal.
Thad had a strong relationship with the Lord and was comforted by Isaiah 41:10 throughout his illness.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Cathy Minyard O’Neal of Madison; sons, Stacy Brian O’Neal (Gigi) of Jackson and Jeremy Cain O’Neal (Ashley) of Madison; his two granddaughters, Anne Weston O’Neal and Mabry Catherine O’Neal of Jackson; his uncle, Jack H. Bailey of Collins; and his brother-in-law, John M. Gressley of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents Pearl and Kenneth O'Neal, and his sister, Judy O’Neal Gressley.
Visitation will be held at Parkway Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 24th, at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in Trinity Mausoleum at Parkway Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.
- Al Nall
- Timmie Reid
- Josh Carnell
- Curran Carnell
- Glen Arnold
- Robert Bowles
- Will Smith
- Randy St. Blanc
- Visitation Wednesday, October 23, 2019
- Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 24, 2019
Thaddeus Bailey O'Neal
October 24, 2019
I am so sad to hear of Thad's passing. He was not only a business friend for many years, but a personal friend. I always enjoyed my time and conversations with Thad. He made me better! I cherished coming to Jackson and taking Thad and Cathy to dinner at Tico's. I think it may have been a way for him to get a free meal out of me. His alligator arms always came out at check time. He already knew I was paying, but couldn't resist playing along. Then there was the dare he made me that forced me to pay up on a Hawaii trip. Cathy, you know what I am talking about.
While I can't make it to the service, my thoughts, memories, and condolences will be there. Thad will be missed!
October 22, 2019
You will be missed tremendously, not only by your friends and family, but also by your fellow Hunt Wesson coworkers. You always brought a smile to our faces by just having a conversation with you. Your cheerfulness was addictive.
You have made impressions on so many, that will last forever. You will continue to be a blessing in peoples lives until we all see you again when we go home. Your song may have ended, but your melody remains in our hearts forever.