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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:37

Bettie Sue Neal Neal

Mrs. Bettie Sue Neal Neal, 94, died peacefully at her home in Lawrenceville on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. Born and raised in Clover, Va., Mrs. Neal was one of 10 children born to Sallie Blanch Throckmorton and Tom Steven Neal. She had been an active and revered resident of Lawrenceville for more than 70 years, having settled there after World War II and her marriage to Harold Jones Neal Sr. in 1942. While busy raising her family of four children, Mrs. Neal was also involved in the civic life of her adopted hometown. She was the first president of Town and Country Garden Club, and was also a member of the Lawrenceville Women’s Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Lioness Club, and the Firemen’s Auxiliary. Her membership in Lawrenceville United Methodist Church was one of the most meaningful of her life. In addition to being a regular Sunday morning church-goer, she was president of the United Methodist Women, a Sunday School teacher, and chairman of her circle. She also helped decorate the church with flowers for special occasions and she assisted with refreshments whenever there was a reception. If the church doors were open, Mrs. Neal was there. Mrs. Neal’s greatest joy was her family, which had grown to include 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was never happier than when surrounded by her family, and she took great delight in hosting the entire family in her home, whether for a festive holiday gathering with everyone’s favorite dishes or a bowl of Brunswick stew at the kitchen table. She loved to cook, and Thanksgiving especially showcased her talents in the kitchen as well as her loving spirit. Besides turkey and all the trimmings, her sideboard groaned with every vegetable known to man, in order to satisfy the preferences of every single family member. There were also multiple desserts, and though she enjoyed trying new recipes, her famous chocolate pie was her signature treat. She often baked the tasty concoction of chocolate custard topped with meringue for bereaved families, shut-ins, and church bazaars. Mrs. Neal loved her circle of friends and she loved socializing. She played bridge on a regular basis for many years, and she once remarked that she sometimes had trouble concentrating on the game because she got caught up in conversation. She also was a member of the local Red Hat Club and she joined in on every excursion that her schedule allowed. She enjoyed excellent health until recent months, and she continued to take pleasure in outings with her family as well as trips to shop, go out to eat, or have her nails and hair done. Mrs. Neal was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1975. In addition to 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, she is survived by her four children and their spouses, Bettie Brent Neal Vaughan (Charles) of Lawrenceville; Dr. Harold J. Neal Jr. (Jamie) of Emporia; John C. Neal (Susan) of Fredericksburg; and Russell C. Neal (Nancy) of Dinwiddie. Surviving grandchildren and their spouses are Sloan Canaday (Brian) of Richmond; Meredith Sawyer (Tom) of Alexandria; Charlotte Crane (Adam) of Ashland; Harrison Vaughan (Danielle) of Wake Forest, N.C.; Sallie Vaughan of Lexington, S.C.; Taylor Neal (Rachel) and Gordon Neal (Katherine), both of Richmond; Katherine Neal of Fredericksburg; Elizabeth Mims (Weston) of Mount Sidney; and Sarah Phillips (Blake) of Franklin. She also is survived by a sister, Elsie N. Griles of Clover; her sister-in-law, Violet M. Neal and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Neal’s caregivers over the past two years enabled her to remain in her beloved home, and the family sincerely appreciates their devotion to her well-being. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Lawrenceville United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church at 12 noon prior to the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to Lawrenceville United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, P.O. Box 2, Lawrenceville, VA 23868. Mrs. Neal wished to be cremated and her remains will be buried alongside her husband at Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville is handling arrangements.
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  • Comment Link Ross Stroud Thursday, 10 January 2019 11:32 posted by Ross Stroud

    My sincere condolences to the Neal family on the loss of their mother & grandmother. I just found out about Mrs. Neal's passing today January 10th. Russell was of my first friends when I moved to Lawrenceville in the early 70's. I remember well Mrs. Neal's good cooking. She seemed to be always smiling. Again, I am sorry for your loss and I pray the whole family will find comfort in God's presence during this time.

  • Comment Link betty bradley Friday, 04 January 2019 10:32 posted by betty bradley

    The Bradley family extend our heartfelt condolences to you.
    What a joy to have known her and her wonderful outlook on life!
    What joy she did spread.

    our love to all.

  • Comment Link Rita Parham Friday, 28 December 2018 08:59 posted by Rita Parham

    Love and prayers for all of you...Ms. Neal was a lovely lady....

  • Comment Link Suzanne Scott Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:39 posted by Suzanne Scott

    Bettie Sue was one of the best people who ever walked this earth. I will always remember her. She was so faithful to the family long after Harold passed away. I know you will take comfort in her wonderful life in which she was ready to do for others. Much love, Suzanne

  • Comment Link Faye Kirkland Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:43 posted by Faye Kirkland

    The Kirkland family sends our deep respect and condolences to you all in your grief. Betty Sue and Harold were great parents and loved and cared for their community. Faye, Bill, Keith, and Erin Kirkland. Strasburg VA

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