Lee Roy Neel, 86, of Mauriceville, died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at The Meadows in Orange.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with the Revs. Kevin Brown and Doug McWhirter officating.

Interment will be at 5 p.m. in Neel Cemetery in Newton.

Born Oct. 11, 1921, in San Augustine, he was the son of Robert Marion and Myrtie (Parker) Neel. A World War II veteran with the Marines, Mr. Neel was a retired operator from DuPont-Sabine River Works. He was also a member and deacon at First Baptist Church of Mauriceville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Myrtie Neel; brother Verdell Neel; two step sisters; and one step brother.
Survivors include his wife, Madelene Clark Neel of Mauriceville; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Neel McWhirter and Doug of Mauriceville; son and daughter-in-law, Lee Roy Neel and Alice of Newton; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Gattis Luman of Enid, OK; and brother, Lee Noy Neel of Tyler.

Pallbearers include Paul McWhirter, Jimmy Neel, John Lewis, Charlie Fuller, Willie Barrow and Bric Barrow.

Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of First Baptist Church Mauriceville. Should friends desire, memorial contribution may be sent to: First Baptist Church Mauriceville building fund, 11540 Hwy 12, Orange, 77632.