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Frances Elene Neal

October 18, 1926 April 10, 2018
Frances Elene Neal
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Frances Elene (Smellage) Neal, 91, of Oak Ridge, passed away, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at NHC Health Care Center. She was born in Boma, Tennessee in Putnam County on October 18, 1926. Frances graduated from Baxter Seminary High School in Baxter, TN. After working her way through college, alternating between Tennessee Tech and Union Carbide in Oak Ridge, TN, Frances commented that it took her six years to graduate but she was most appreciative of the opportunity to finish college. She and her husband, Bob, were the first couple married at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, which they attended for over fifty years. In later years, she attended Grace Covenant Church. She loved her church family and taking part in church activities. Frances was preceded in death by parents, John B. and Ota T. (Anderson) Smellage of Boma. She was also preceded by husband, Robert B. Neal in 2004; sisters, Reba Smellage of Oak Ridge and Evelyn (Smellage) Holmes of Memphis and Wanda (Smellage) Stewart of Fortville, IN; brother, Alvin (Billy) Smellage, who died in infancy and brothers-in-law, Joe Koerber of Attica, MI and Ken Holmes of Memphis, TN. She is survived by sons, Bruce Neal and wife Nina of Winter Springs, FL and Douglas B. Neal and wife Keena of Waynesboro, VA; grandchildren, Larry, David, Blake, and Alexandra and great grandchild, Kaley, who are the joys of her life. She is also survived by one sister, Bettie Sue (Smellage) Koerber of Attica, MI and brother-in-law, Albert Stewart of Fortville, IN. Frances and her sons shared a great enthusiasm for sports. She was an avid UT Vol sports fan, enjoyed bird-watching, flowers, loved to entertain, reading and playing bridge. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at Weatherford Mortuary. The funeral will begin at 12:30pm with Dr. Larry Dipboye officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The family request that any memorials be given in her name to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077 or to Grace Covenant Church, 320 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

14

Apr

11:00 AM 4/14/2018 11:00:00 AM - 12:30 PM 4/14/2018 12:30:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Funeral

Saturday

14

Apr

12:30 PM 4/14/2018 12:30:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Interment to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Grace Covenant Church

320 Robertsville Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Arthritis Foundation

PO Box 96280
Washington, DC 20077
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