Thomas Clyburn Neal, 90, of Camden, SC, went to his eternal home on Friday, May 13, 2016. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mr. Neal will be held at 3:00 PM, today, May 17, 2016 at Camden First Baptist Church. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Lugoff First Baptist Cemetery. The family received friends Monday, May 16, 2016 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, the Camden Bulldog Club or the American Legion, three organizations that were dear to his heart.
Mr. Neal served his country in the Navy in WWII in the European and the Pacific theaters, received a bronze star and several ribbons and Presidential citations. He attended Newberry College after the war. Mr. Neal received the Percy Mays Award from the Kershaw County Recreation Department -- the highest recognized award for volunteerism in Kershaw County. He was a member of James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17, and was a Mason of Kershaw Lodge #29. Mr. Neal retired from DuPont after 30 plus years.
Mr. Neal was a member of First Baptist Church in Camden, was a Gideon and a Deacon and one of his greatest pleasures was driving the church bus to pick up children for Sunday School for twenty-two years. However, Mr. Neal -- lifetime member and past President of the Bulldog Club -- is most commonly known by young athletes as the ring-leader at Tuesday night Steak Nights for the Camden High School Football Team, where he cooked and served the team steaks for forty years.
Mr. Neal was a devoted son, father, husband, and grandfather. Mr. Neal was the son of the late Thomas J. and Fannie Jackson Neal and the husband of the late Grace Rhoden Neal.
Mr. Neal is survived by his brother, Lee Neal of Aiken; sister, Carrie Jackson of West Columbia; son, Jimmy Neal (Nancy); daughter, Barbara N. Culler (Chris), all of Camden, SC; grandchildren, Clayton Culler, Neal Culler (Lindsey), Callie and Zack Neal; and great-grandchild, Thomas Hayes Culler.
Mr. Neal was predeceased by his wife, Grace, and their son, Thomas Rodney Neal.
A special thanks to the devoted staff of the Karesh Wing of Kershaw Health and for their exceptional care.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Neal family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.