James Paul Neal Sr.

June 28, 1923May 31, 2011

James Paul Neal, Sr., of Atlanta, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, from Alzheimer’s at the age of 87. He was born in Bee Rock, KY on June 28, 1923, to the late Fred Kelley and Tempa Elizabeth Neal. He is preceded in death by his wife, Zella Haynes Neal, grandson John W. Pitts and granddaughter Julie Pitts-Parrish. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in WWII and receiving the following medals: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army of Occupation, National Defense Medal, American Defense Medal, American Theater Ribbon, American Campaign and Good Conduct Medal. After retiring from the Army with 20 years of service, he embarked on another 20 year career with the Atlanta Federal Prison system. His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, attending the monthly Atlanta Federal Prison Retirees Dinners, eating at Waffle House and 735th Tank Battalion Reunion. He is survived by sisters Dorothy Dunn and Marie Renfro, daughters Barbara L. Michelson, Patricia A. Law (Gerry), Rita Y. Peele (John), Rhonda D. Juhan (Wayne), Jacalyn J. Wallace (Bobby), Jamie N. Booth (Terry) and step daughter Karen P. Chick (Gene), sons James P. Neal, Jr. (Lynn), Joseph F. Neal (Fran) and John T. Neal (Bryn), grandchildren John L. Michelson III, Benjamin S. Law (Lauren), Lindsey A. Law, Gregory N. Law, Michael L. Caldwell (Karmen), Terri L. Odum (Tim), Robert L. Wallace, Jr. (Samantha), Christie N. Neeley, Lori O. Neeley, James P. Neal III (Kari), Christopher A Neal (Katie), Zachary A. Neal, Nicholas C. Neal, Corey A. Neal, Kylie M. Neal, Madeline L. Neal, Douglas E. Chick, Carrie A. Chick Barr and William Chick and great grandchildren Brady M. Law, Joseph D. Wallace< Hannah E. and Hayleigh M. Millsap, James W. Pitts, Kristina R. and Hannah M. Caldwell, Hannah M. and Alyssa G. Odum, Aidan L. Wallace, Kaitlyn Chick, Tyler Chick and Curtis Barr. The family will receive friends from 11am to 1pm and from 6-8 m on Friday , June 3, 2011, at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, 3594 Stone Mountain Hwy, Snellville, GA 30039. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in the Eternal Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Odum officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Please join us in celebrating James’ life by visiting Eternal Hills Funeral Home, 770.972.3155.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, June 3, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, June 3, 2011

James Paul Neal Sr.

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Rita Peele

May 30, 2012

My Dearest Dad, it's been a very sad year without you. There aren't enough words to express how much you meant to me and how deeply you are missed. I can only imagine how wonderful the reunion has been in Heaven. One day I'll see you again but until then I will miss you everyday. I'll love you always.

Patricia Law

May 29, 2012

Dearest Dad, it has almost been a year since you went to heaven. It has been a painful year without you although I know you are in a better place. Every day I think of you and miss you. Love you!

Rhonda Juhan

May 28, 2012

Dad,where has the time gone? Every day without you reminds me of the pain you went through as well as how our heart aches each day for you. Remembering all the good times as well as the last six months you were with us. We love you dearly and will always cherish your memory. Love you #5

Jackie Neal-Wallace

May 27, 2012

Dad, it's almost been a year. There has not been a day that we all haven't missed you. It sure feels empty with out you being here. I miss you, love you, and will never forget you!
Love always, #6

Rhonda Juhan

March 15, 2012

Dad, it has been ten months. We have made it through a lot of the "first's" without you. We miss you tremendously each and every day. We know you and mom are watching over us daily which gives us some comfort. Wish you were still here on earth with us.
Love you!

Patricia Law

June 13, 2011

Dearest sweet dad...I will never forget the lessons you taught me. You were a perfect example of a dedicated, determined and dependable individual and were always committed to finish the job. Well, dad, your job was completed and now you are at rest. I salute you my fellow veteran! I'll always love you!

Bob Dalton

June 4, 2011

I am so very proud to have worked with and for J.P. at the Federal Pen. He taught me very much about regulations and federal prisoners. May HE forever rest in peace, He has earned it. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know his family ment the world to him.

Sarah Johnson

June 3, 2011

Terri ~ Thinking of you and all your "Paw's" loved ones at this tender time. With gratitude for his service to our country, a life well-lived, and all of his loving legacies,
The Johnson Family

Wayne Juhan

June 3, 2011

J.P. As your newest son-in-law, I learned so much from you and am proud to be a part of this big ole family. I thoroughly enjoyed showing you the North Georgia mountains and will always remember our trip up Bell Mountain in the dump truck. Thanks for the many laughs and memories throughout the years.
Love Wayne

Jackie Wallace

June 3, 2011