Lee Funeral Home, Inc.
Eugene Crawford "Gene" Neill
(May 29, 1946 - November 18, 2018)
Eugene Crawford “Gene” Neill of North Carrollton, Mississippi, 72 years old, died at Greenwood Leflore Hospital on November 18, 2018,
after a long illness.
Before his health declined, Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and vegetable gardening. He was an avid sports fan and especially liked
watching the Atlanta Braves on television. Most of all, though, Gene loved his friends and family. His home was often the gathering place for
afternoon “bull sessions” with his buddies over coffee. Also, Gene had a keen sense of humor, and his friends and family members were
often targets of his good-natured practical jokes.
In fact, Gene’s life is a testimony to the value of friends and family. The help he gave to his friends, neighbors, and family members when he
was healthy was reciprocated during his last years when they visited him, sat with him, and cared for him day and night. His primary
caretakers were his sister, Hilda Neill Wright, and her husband, Mark Wright, who moved from their home in Bartlett, Tennessee, to attend to
Gene when his illness worsened.
Hilda and Mark are grateful for the assistance of those who aided them in seeing to Gene’s needs during the final year of his life: Beauty
Blackman, Jerry Branch, Marilyn Hale, Naomi Meeks, and Jim Pope, as well as the Sta-Home Hospice nurses and assistants.
Gene was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford Neill (Hilda and Crawford). He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer
Neill Dixon (Richard), his grandson, Jack Dixon, and his sister, Hilda Neill Wright (Mark).
A graveside service will be held for Gene at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, at Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton, Mississippi,
with Pastor Ed Saunders of Carrollton/North Carrollton United Methodist Churches officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Bole, Hardin
Browning, Milton Martin, Mike Neal, Jack Sanders, Ben Shaw, and Jerry Stanford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gene’s memory to North Carrollton United Methodist Church, PO Box 21,
North Carrollton, MS 38947, and to Evergreen Cemetery, PO Box 425, North Carrollton, MS 38947.
Gene -- God's blessings as you go!
God bless your family! It was a joy to always remember Gene.
Hilda,So Sorry to hear of Gene passing away-My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family-Ps-Still Have fond
memories of teaching with Miss Hilda at J.Z.George RegardsJ.T. Vernon
Mike and Lou Ann Neal
Genes was a very special friendship starting in our last few years in high school at JZ George. Although I havent been
near for many years now, we always renewed our friendship whenever I would visit my family in Carrollton. My wife,
Lou Ann, only met Gene after we were married and visited Carrollton, but she shared my fondness for Gene after
having met him. She said that he once, with a twinkle in his eye, told her that he could tell her some things about me.
Well miss him! Lou Ann says Carrollton wont be the same without him and I agree. Blessing on his friends and family!
Grace and peace! Mike and Lou Ann
Tuesday, Nov. 20 2 pm
|EUGENE CRAWFORD "GENE"
|May 29, 1946
November 18, 2018