Gary Dale Neal, 73, of Beaufort, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, at his home.

His service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Stacy Free Will Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Ernest Laxton Jr. and the Rev. Ralph Douglas Neal.

Gary received the commission of Kentucky Colonel, which is the highest title of honor bestowed by the governor of Kentucky. It is recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to the community, state and nation. His philanthropic achievements and dedication to volunteering also awarded him the Certificate of Appreciation from the former governor of North Carolina, James G. Martin. Gary enjoyed people and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed working security at Carteret Community College and Carteret Health Care, where he worked for eight years. He was one of the founding members of the Sea Gate Roosters Men’s Club, where he enjoyed the comradery of his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Pittman Neal of the home; daughter, Yvonne Lynn Hardin and husband Brad of Louisville, Ky.; sons, Cully Daniel Neal and wife Erin of Havre de Grace, Md., and Cody Douglas Neal of Beaufort; brothers, Thomas “Danny” Daniel Neal and wife Barbara of Lexington, Ky., and Ralph Douglas Neal and wife Janet of Drummonds, Tenn.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Ronnie Kruse.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Oneeda Neal; and a granddaughter, Camden Neal.

The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Stacy Free Will Baptist Church, 1247 Highway 70, Stacy, NC 28581.

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

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