Mr. O’Neal was a resident of Walton County for 50 plus years. He was Apostolic by faith and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Freeport, Florida. He was a painter by trade having purchased his painting supplies from Kings & Sons Hardware, Campbell’s Hardware and Fishers Hardware, also known around town as the Preacher, which was his hearts true calling. He was pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church of Freeport, Florida for 44 years until his retirement in 2006. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1948, having served as an Ordained Minister with United Pentecostal Ministries for over 65 years.
Mr. O’Neal was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Myna Mae West O’Neal; one daughter Linda Grace Caswell of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; one brother Hansel O’Neal ;son-in-laws Timothy Gavins, James Willard Singletary, and Rufus Caswell; two grandsons Rodney Allen Nobles and Leon Curtis Nobles.
Mr. O’Neal is survived by his son Jerry Cecil O’Neal and wife Gloria of Wasilla, Alaska; two daughters Flossie L. Gavin and Jennifer Singletary of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; one sister Mary Harris of Ocala, Florida; 11 grandchildren Randell Nobles, Tina Rose Gavin, Lewis Alford, Brenda Odom, Robin Wilder, Brendan O’Neal, Stacey Byrd, Anastasia Knight, James L. Singletary, John A. Singletary and Jason L. Singletary; 23 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be held at 6:00~9:00 PM, Friday, August 31, 2007 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home; 230 Park Avenue DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 1, 2007 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue DeFuniak Springs, with Reverends David King and Loyd Cox officiating. Floral arrangements are being accepted. Those asked to serve as pallbearers are as Lewis W. Alford, John Singletary, Jason Singletary, Joshua Nobles, Kenneth Dawson and Kris Knight. Honorary pallbearers are Rex Padgett and Randy Nobles. Burial will follow in the Hatcher Cemetery.
Burial: Hatcher Cemetery, Freeport]