Woodward, Okla. —
Earl Loyd Neal joined his wife, parents, and siblings standing in the presence of the Lord early on the morning of June 26, 2014. Earl succumbed to multiple strokes precipitated by a recently diagnosed gastrointestinal cancer. He spent his final days surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, June 28 at the First Baptist Church of Woodward. Earl will be laid to rest beside his wife, Vina, in Elmwood Cemetery.
Earl was born October 27, 1930 in Sperry, OK to Ollie Viola Miller Neal and Thomas Andrew Neal. He was the eighth of twelve siblings: Edna Mae Gordon Carver and husband Charles, Andrew Walter Neal and wife Ruth, Rosie Ellen Neal, George Francis Neal, Thomas Fred Neal and wife Yvonne, James Floyd Neal and wife Ila Mae, Dorothy Louella Ward and husband Roy, Harold Lee Neal and wife Edna, Raymond Arnold Neal and wife Betty, Bobby Joe Neal and wife Diane.
Earl graduated from high school in Broken Arrow, OK and received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible studies with a minor in mathematics from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1955. He married Vina Eldora Miller on the 14th of June, 1954 in Sharon, OK. They made their home in southwest Woodward County on the Miller Family Farm where Earl was a dairyman and farmer. In 1966 they moved to Mooreland where he worked construction as an electrical journeyman and licensed plumber before retiring in 1993. His daughters Mickie Carol Neal Key and Diana Cheryl Neal Pribble married Randall Wade Key and Quintin Lee Pribble, respectively. His grandchildren Phillip Neal Key, Jamie Rachelle Pribble, Melody Danielle Key, Jacqueline Michelle Pribble, and Jennifer Lee Pribble provided him with a total of seven great-grandchildren: Alexis Groce, Jordon Benites, Kaylee Groce, Ashton Danielle Key, Jenna Plowman, Haidyn Savoie, and Chance Plowman.
Earl was a longstanding member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Woodward, OK. Until the final month, he continued to enjoy serving by taking Sunday School attendance and collecting and depositing weekly offerings. Together, Earl and Vina fostered twenty-seven children as part of their family. The last of these children, Danny Lee Thomas of Mooreland, took special care to honor and assist Earl in the 21 years after the loss of his beloved spouse in 1993.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FBC, Woodward.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com