Jim Murray O'Neal

February 25, 1938February 1, 2019

James Murray "Jim" O'Neal, 80 of Supply, passed away on February 1, 2019.

Mr. O'Neal was born February 25, 1938 in Middletown, NC, the son of the late Edward Murray O'Neal and Mary Mann O'Neal.

Jim was a graduate of Wake Forrest University and received a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University. Jim had previously worked as a systems engineer for IBM, as well as being a certified public accountant. He had been a home builder in Raleigh before moving to the coastal area.

Survivors include his wife Lenna Jane; a daughter Dr. Eva Nelson and husband Dr. Vaughn Nelson of Salisbury, NC; a sister, Judy Fore and husband Dr. Bill Fore of Black Mountain, NC; grandchildren, Davis and Erica; two step-sons, Chandler Gray and wife Kelli, and Brannon Gray; and two step-grandchildren, Emma and Preston.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Southport.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

Jim Murray O'Neal

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Liz Risher

February 7, 2019

Jim was a good man - smart and handsome and he took care of my sister, Lenna Jane. Jim will be missed by family and friends and we are broken hearted with his passing. Know that Jim is free from disease as he has a new body and eternal life! He is in heaven with all the other angels and we will see him again! I pray for Lenna Jane, family, and friends as we morn our loss of Jim and ask God to heal our broken hearts!
All my love - Liz


February 5, 2019

I met Jim a number of years ago in Raleigh and lost touch with him. What I remember and what was so impressive to me was his ability to do anything. To me it was a brilliance that is rare.
I wanted to offer these observations having just read his obituary in the News & Observer, and I wish to express my condolences to his family.
Barney Rickenbacker