KENLY — Patrick O’Neal, 81, passed away at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 following a battle with cancer.
He was born in Johnston County on June 25, 1932 and was the son of the late J. Willard O’Neal and the late Myrtie Starling O’Neal. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, James O’Neal, Audrey O’Neal, Robin O’Neal and Joel O’Neal; his sisters, Peggy Kelley, Mildren Oliver and Crecia Rogerson; and his grandson, Matthew O’Neal.
Mr. O’Neal worked for many years as a computer programmer for the defense department. Following his retirement to N.C., he was a member of Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. He was passionate about gardening, taking care of his orchard and grapevines, and loved his tractor. He took pleasure in sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends. He will be remembered for his deep love of his family and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren, Bryce O’Neal, Victor O’Neal, Samantha O’Neal, Kathryn O’Neal, Mary Christina O’Connell and Amydell O’Connell.
Mr. O’Neal is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy O’Neal; his two sons, David Allen O’Neal and wife, Donna, of Union, Ky., and Douglas Wayne O’Neal and wife, Janeen, of Frederick, Md.; his daughter, Karen O’Neal O’Connell and husband, Johnny, of Raleigh; his brother, Johnnie O’Neal of Selma; and his cherished friends, Michael Hodge and wife, Karen, and daughter, Lindsay, all of Clayton.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church. Burial will occur in the church cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be held tonight from 6–8 in the Minshew-Coley Funeral Home in Kenly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Center Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2712 Glendale Road, Kenly, NC 27542 or the Jimmy V. Foundation, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Minshew-Coley Funeral Home, Kenly. Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.minshewcoleyfh.com.