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James H. (Jim) Neel, Sr., age 86, died peacefully at his Houston home on January 17, 2018. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jim leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Marion Sowell Neel, a graduate from Palestine High 1953.
Jim was a 1949 graduate of Timpson High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Sergeant during the Korean War and was a member of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Select Crew from 1950-54 flying 210 missions. He was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He built rice mills in Latin America and after was acting assistant manager of Uncle Ben's and Blue Ribbon Rice Mills in Houston. He held parboiled patents. The largest mill was in Guatemala City and is still operating today. Jim was also involved in the construction and design of oil and gas rigs worldwide for 46 years.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Palestine City Cemetery under the direction of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine (903)731-4444. Memorial services in Houston to be announced at a later date.
Please send condolences to richandmarianeel@yahoo.com or by phone (713)774-0377.
Memorials may be made to James H. Neel (Jim) and Marion Sowell Neel (UT Bachelor of Music 1956) UT Scholarship Fund, mailed to The University of Texas, PO Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713-7438 or go to online giving.UTexas.edu. and click on make a gift to U.T.
View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com.
Published on January 22, 2018
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