Ted McNeal Eiland

May 14, 1941September 6, 2018

Mr. Ted McNeal Eiland, of Bay City, Texas, passed peacefully from this world in his residence while surrounded by his family on September 6, 2018. He was 77 years old. Ted is survived by the mother of his children, Jeanette (Bridges) Eiland; his four children: Tari (Victor) Matura, BoBo (Sandy) Eiland, and Tandra Eiland all of Winona, Mississippi and Traci (Kenneth) Daniel of Sherman, Texas; seven grandchildren: Cody Eiland, Justin Daniel, Ashley Bright, Lauren Matura, Emily Stanley, Jonathan Daniel and John-Michael Stanley; three great-grandchildren: Kaylen Eiland, Kinsley Bright and Koleson Bright; two sisters-in-law: Peggy (Bridges) Whitfield and Sara Margaret “Skeet” (Bridges) Simmons and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fuller Fox and Lura Bell (Sharron) Eiland, and his siblings, Eugene Eiland, Fuller Osborne “Bill” Eiland, Carease Garrett, Martha Bell Massey, Sadie Rogers, EC “Jack” Eiland, Dorothy Roberts and Bobby Eiland. Ted was born on May 14, 1941 in Winona, Mississippi. He attended Kilmichael High School in Kilmichael, Mississippi and Long Beach College in Long Beach, California. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette (Bridges), on September 4, 1958 in Winona, Mississippi and they had four children together. They moved their family to Texas in 1980. In 1984, they purchased Peoples’ Laundry and Cleaners in Bay City, Texas. Ted was deeply devoted to his business, his employees and his customers and actively managed the cleaners until the weeks preceding his death. In his spare time he enjoyed studying his family genealogy and watching military and classic western movies. His children remember him as a hard-working man and an involved father who supported them in activities and encouraged them to pursue their goals. Ted served in the United States Navy from 1958 until 1963. His ranks included Seaman Recruit (SR), Fireman Apprentice (FA), Fireman (FN) and Electrician Mate 3rd Class (EM3). He was stationed in San Diego and Long Beach, California and Okinawa, Japan. He served on four minesweepers in the Pacific Fleet: USS Woodpecker (MSC-209), USS Esteem (MSO-438), USS Albatross (MSC-289) and USS Cape (MSI-2). In the 1990s, he planned and coordinated several reunions for his navy shipmates. He was a proud Veteran who enjoyed sharing his military experiences with his friends and family. A remembrance gathering and military presentation ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the American Legion located at 2106 Cottonwood Avenue in Bay City, Texas. Funeral services will be held at Milligan Springs Baptist Church located on Upper Milligan Springs Road in Stewart, Mississippi on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Milligan Springs Cemetery. Share words of comfort with the family at


  • Fuller Fox Eiland, Father
  • Lura Bell Sharron Eiland, Mother
  • Jeanette Bridges Eiland, Mother of his children
  • Tari (Victor) Matura, Daughter
  • Bobo (Sandy) Eiland, Son
  • Tandra Eiland, Daughter
  • Traci (Kenneth) Daniel, Daughter
  • Cody Eiland, Grandchild
  • Justin Daniel, Grandchild
  • Ashley Bright, Grandchild
  • Lauren Matura, Grandchild
  • Emily Stanley, Grandchild
  • Jonathan Daniel, Grandchild
  • John-Michael Stanley, Grandchild
  • Kaylen Eiland, Great-grandchild
  • Kinsley Bright, Great-grandchild
  • Koleson Bright, Great-grandchild
  • Peggy (Bridges) Whitfield, Sister-in-Law
  • Sara Margaret "Skeet" Bridges, Sister-in-Law
  • Ted is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.


  • Remembrance Gathering and Military Presentation Ceremony Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ted McNeal Eiland

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Cliff McKelvy

September 11, 2018

Mr. Eiland was a long time client of mine and I considered him a good friend of mine. My thoughts and condolences to his family. I really liked him and I know he will be missed, until we all meet in Heaven.


September 8, 2018

Eiland Family...….I am Angelo (Mike) Onalfo's widow, Emily. I met you at a family reunion in Mississippi many years ago. Both Angelo and I enjoyed our time with your family. It was great to see Angelo interact with Ted, Jeanette, and the cousins. I am so sorry for your loss. Ted was a really nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Emily Onalfo

Traci Daniel

September 8, 2018

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Traci Daniel

September 7, 2018