David Lee Neal

November 1, 1936November 5, 2019

David Lee Neal (Sonny) was born November 1, 1936 to the union of the late Mr. James Wiley Neal Sr. and the late Mrs. Bessie Bell Neal in Dothan AL. He moved to Tampa, FL in 1958. He departed this life November 5, 2019.

His career was a heavy equipment operator, working with W. L. Cobb Construction and retiring from Chapman Construction Company giving them over 30 years of service.

David leaves to mourn his passing a devoted wife of 62 years Ruthie B. Neal, 2 sisters Louvenia Hatten, and Susie Stoudemire both of Dothan, AL, 4 sister in laws, Onita Harrison, Tampa, FL, Juanita Gibson, Piscataway, NJ, Mattie Neal, Plant City, FL and Cheryl Neal, Tampa, FL, 1 God-Sister in-law Patrice Haynes, (Carlton Haynes), Temple, TX, 1 son James Earl Walker, Dothan AL, 1 God-son Larry Thompson, Tampa, FL, 2 daughters Helen Neal-Ali , Tampa, FL and Tracey Perez (Jesus Perez Jr.,) Riverview, FL, 8 Granddaughters, Chermaine Wiley-Neal, Tampa, FL, Tierra Thompson, Brandon, FL, Jaydeen A. Perez, Brandon, FL, Nicole Murphy (Lamont Murphy), Dothan, AL, Shari McKissick, Dothan AL, Kenyatta McKissick, Dothan, AL , Sonya James, Birmingham, AL, and Tangie James, Birmingham, AL, 5 Grandsons, SherRon David McCombs Sr. (Kenya McCombs) , Tampa, FL, Claude Brooks Jr., Tampa, FL, Nevelon Y. Adderley Jr. Brandon, FL, Jesus A. Perez, Tampa, FL, Jeremy A. Perez (Kalie) Brandon,FL. 20 Great-grands and 2 Great -great grands. 1 special brother in-law Byce Edwards, 2 special ex- son in-laws Nevelon Y. Adderley Sr. and Lee A. Pore Jr. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.

Wake Friday, November 15, 2019 6pm-8pm and a Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 2pm at Garden of Memories Funeral Home Chapel 4207 E. Lake Ave. Tampa, FL 33610, repast to follow at Rivers of Life Church 301 Lakewood Dr. Brandon, FL. Due to being buried in a mausoleum flowers are not necessary.


  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, November 16, 2019


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Alisa Musgrave

November 15, 2019

Every time I saw Mr Neal he always had a smile on his face. And Ill never forget him dancing around and playing a “toy” musical instrument, that was so much fun! I know he will be deeply missed Tracey, Helen and Tierra but he will always be in your hearts 💕 Mrs Neal I am so very sorry of your loss, you are all in my prayers!!!

Letonya Moore

November 13, 2019

The Moore family would like to offer our sincere condolences on your loss! The Neal family was always our family away from home when we lived in Tampa. We love you very much!

Inez Johnson Morris +Family Johnson-Morris

November 10, 2019

We the Johnson Family send our condolences and prayers. Know that the Lord called his angel home. We love you guys.

Gina Ransom

November 10, 2019

There were many times when Mr Neal welcomed visitors and showed great kindness and friendship to me. His quiet and gentle spirit made everyone feel loved. I am honored to know and love this family.