Obituary Jack Abry Neely

Jack Abry Neely, 94, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at his residence in Penick Village.  He was a wonderful husband, father and family man.

Jack was born in Chicago, IL on November 23, 1925 to the late William and Elizabeth Abry Neely.

Jack was raised in Freeport, IL where he attended Freeport High School and then enlisted in the Army Air Corp.  When WWII ended, he attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA where he met Harriet Bantlin.  They were married on June 14, 1947.  He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa and then they moved to Wheaton, IL where they lived for 35 years.  Jack retired in 1981 as District Manager for Illinois Bell Telephone Company.  He was a Cub Scout Pack Leader and Little League Baseball coach and commissioner in Wheaton.  They moved to Pinehurst, NC in 1983, where he was an avid golfer and member of the Pinehurst Country Club and Fairwoods on Seven.  He served on the PCC’s board of governors 1991-1993. He was also a member of The Village Chapel in Pinehurst.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years Harriet; four children, Jay Neely (Mary Jo), Steven Neely (Linda), Joanne Bartel, and Jill Ogino (Doug); 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sandhills Children’s Center. 

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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