2/6/1948 ~ 5/10/2013
Funeral Announcement - O'NEAL, Ossie - EDITED
Funeral services for Mr. Ossie L. O'Neal of Dublin will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 12:00 PM at the Buckeye Baptist Church, 2176 New Buckeye Road in East Dublin. Reverend Ricky Stanley will officiate. Burial will follow in Mitchell Grove Church Cemetery in Wrightsville.
Mr. O'Neal was born to Mother Izora Wells O'Neal and the late Brother Robert L. O'Neal. He entered this life on February 06, 1948. He was born and raised in the Buckeye Community in Laurens County, Georgia, and is the youngest of four children of which three brothers, Willie O'Neal, Robert O'Neal and Napoleon O'Neal, preceded him in death.
Mr. O'Neal was born into the body of Jesus Christ at an early age and openly acknowledged Christ by becoming a member of the Holly Springs African Baptist Church, Inc., where he later became a deacon. After 25 years of serving as chairman of the Deacon Ministry at the church, he was totally committed to the cause of serving the body of Christ through praying and ministering. Deacon O'Neal loved singing hymns; two of his most favorite were "A Charge to Keep I Have" and "Guide Me O' Thy Great Jehovah." He loved the Holly Springs African Baptist Church Family very much and did what he could to help edify the body of Christ.
He was a 1967 graduate of B. D. Perry High School in East Dublin, Georgia, and continued on to become a trained 3rd Skill Maintenance Mechanic. Over the course of Mr. O'Neal's career, he was employed by Mohawk Industries, Inc., for twenty-one years and then by Southeast Paper Manufacturing Company for twenty-four years. By the grace of Yahweh God and after 45 years of employment, Mr. O'Neal retired from both companies and just recently retired from the later on March 01, 2013.
Deacon O'Neal met his beloved "One" who would ultimately become his helpmate in 1969, and they later became husband and wife on April 30, 1972. From this blessed 41 year union, four children were given of which two preceded him in death, Baby Jevonda O'Neal and Baby Angel O'Neal. Deacon O'Neal was a very dedicated, fun-loving, charismatic husband and daddy, who believed in providing for his family.
Deacon O'Neal leaves his blessing to his faithful, caring and loving wife, Mother Dorothy A. O'Neal; two children: Reginald O'Neal of Lithonia, and Danyell O'Neal of Dublin; two sons: James Hightower of Wrightsville, and Byron (Dr. Nikki) Coley of Stockbridge; two adopted grandchildren: Jaydon B. McRae and Paris A. White, both of Dublin; six grandchildren: Jameshia Hightower, Jalicia Hightower, Terin Hightower, Jamari Hightower, all of Wrightsville, Hannan Coley and Olivia Coley both of Stockbridge; one great-grandchild: Saliyah Strickland of Wrightsville; a loving mother: Izora Wells O'Neal of East Dublin; an adopted brother: Eddie (Sis. JoAnne) Oliver of Columbus; an adopted brother/cousin: Roy Plummer of East Dublin; two adopted sisters: Eddye Oliver of Unadilla and Donna (James) Byrd of Dublin; four sisters-in-law: Rose Marie O'Neal of Wichita Falls, TX, Willie P. O'Neal of Cocoa, FL, Janice (Ralph) Jones of Detroit, MI, and Gussie O'Neal of Dublin; a great uncle: Sydney Wright of East Dublin; six uncles: Bro. Gus (Sandra) O'Neal of Dublin, Eddie (Willie Mae) Wright of Jacksonville, FL, Earlie (Betty) Wells of Dublin, Roy Wells of East Dublin, Deacon Johnny Pooler of Dublin, and Hilton Pooler of Atlanta; nine aunts: Mary Francis (LeRoy) Johnson of Brooklyn, NY, Winnie Wells of Detroit, MI, Juanita (Robert) Paine, Leola Smith, both of Miami, FL, Ella Mae (Waymon) Lattimore of Dublin, and Omia (Greg) Smiley of East Dublin, Ella Mae Neal of Jacksonville, FL, Geraldine (Frank) DeVose of Detroit, MI, and Alberta Wade of Philadelphia, PA; like daughters: Andréa (Pritchett) White of East Dublin, and Verrica Pooler of Dublin; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at 359 Champion Drive in Dublin and at the Dudley Funeral Home on Thursday from 7-8 PM.
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