J.R. "Dick" Neal

J.R. "Dick" Neal passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. Dick joined on Nov 20, 2005, the same day that Stacey joined. Gilbert and Stacey became friends with him and spent a great deal of time visiting him and taking care of things for him. Thank you to both of them for the Christian witness of service they have shown in their relationship to Dick.


We give thanks for the life that God blessed us with in Dick and celebrate the good news that in life and in death we belong not to ourselves but to our faithful savior Jesus Christ.


Dick was a lifelong farmer of Kaufman County and a veteran of World War II. He had just celebrated his 100th birthday in January. Dick was very generous to many good causes around Kaufman County, including our church. He and Mick Spellman were the major contributors who allowed us to move to our new church building debt-free 10 years ago. That is why our building has a plaque calling it the "Spellman-Neal Building." (photo taken on Palm Sunday 2006 at the groundbreaking ceremony for our new building, Mr. Neal on the left next to Mr. Spellman).

We give thanks for the life that God blessed us with in Dick and celebrate the good news that in life and in death we belong not to ourselves but to our faithful savior Jesus Christ. Amen!