Mary Neal

MARY NEAL

 NEAL, Mary Frances (née Lee), passed away at her home in Huntland, Tennessee on the afternoon of May 14, 2020, at the age of 81, after a brave and resilient battle against breast cancer. She was the youngest daughter of the late George Washington Lee and Mattie Pearl Hall. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James “Jim” Elton Neal; her three children, Benjamin Elton (Carla) Neal, Krislyn Kay Neal (Mike) Robinson, and Stacia Lee Neal (Wayne) Brown; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Christine Lee Wilce, Evelyn Adeline Lee Hill, and Martha Sue Lee. Born in Huntland, Tennessee on Jan. 4, 1939, she graduated as valedictorian from Huntland High School in 1957. After high school, she attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, graduating in May of 1960, with her bachelor’s degree in English. After college, she would meet her future husband, who was then serving in the U.S. Navy, while she was teaching in the high school system in Jacksonville, Florida, marrying on Oct. 7, 1961. Moving various places around the southeast due to her husband’s military career, she and her family would ultimately return to Huntland, where she would live out the rest of her active life. She was an active member of the Huntland Church of Christ, where she served as secretary, as well as teaching Sunday school for many years. She was also a supporter of the Sharing Christ with Others youth summer camp, Camp JOY, and the Winchester Christian Academy. She was also a member of the Huntland Volunteer Fire Department and was one of the first female firefighters in Franklin County. She served the fire department for many years in multiple capacities from first responder to secretary of the Huntland Volunteer Fire Department Benefit Association. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed sewing, ceramics, and many other arts and crafts. She demonstrated a superlative Christian example to numerous young people throughout her life, especially to those living in the Huntland area. She was the consummate hostess, and welcomed anyone into her home, and around her table. She was especially adept at baking all kinds of breads, cookies, and pizza. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester, with Bro. Kyle Macon officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Winchester Christian Academy, Camp JOY in Lynchburg, Tennessee, or to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Society. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.