William Lee Neeley, Sr.

william neeley, sr.

August 11, 1943 ~ April 16, 2017

William Lee Neeley, Sr., age 73, of Normangee, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 16, 2017 with his loving wife by his side. A time for the family to receive friends will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Cozart Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at Willowhole Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Glenn Connor, officiating. 

Bill was born in Abilene, Tx. to James Alton and Willie Katherine (Walker) Neeley on August 11, 1943. He graduated from Normangee High School in 1961 where he met his wife of 56 ½ years JoAnn Morris. He worked for many years as a construction superintendent for several companies. 

Left behind from his passing is his wife JoAnn, four sons Bill Neeley Jr. and wife Mauricia of Willis, Greg Neeley and wife Linda of Magnolia, Kevin Neeley and wife Becky of Spring and James Neeley and wife Sharnell of Houston as well as his daughter Shelley Birchfield of Conroe. He is also survived by two sisters Darnelle Oberpriller of Sealy and Doris Hardin and husband Gary of Canton and his nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Buford Morris, his son-in-law David Birchfield and brother-in law Ed Oberpriller.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the love and kindness his nurse Catie McCune showed Bill.

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  1. I feel blessed to work with William’s grand-daughter Leigh Anne. I know he will be missed. My prayers go our to all of Williams family.

  2. Our love goes out to each of you. May your memories be forever in your heart. Prayers for strength, peace and comfort.

  3. Sending my love and prayers to Joann, Bill, Greg, Shelly, Kevin , Jim Ed and all the Neeley family. May The Lord comfort you all through your heartache.

  4. Our condolences from aunt Pansy, Don, Linda, and Bob.May God Bless each of you. So sorry we can not be there but mother is still weak. We Love each of you.

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