John Robert Neill of Kirkwood, MO, died on February 1st after a brief illness. John was born June 4, 1937 in Statesville, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haze and Maxine Neill of Troutman, NC. He is survived by his three children: Michael Neill and Julia Winter (Matt) of Phoenix, AZ, and Margaret Okies (Ed) of Portland, OR. He is also survived by a brother Terry Neill (Elizabeth) and four grandsons: Patrick, Will, Mac, and Alex and a niece, Grace Shattuck (Steven) of Golden, CO. The family would also like to acknowledge Barbara Frith, a special friend and dear companion of John for the last twenty years.
John graduated from Troutman High School in 1955 and received a business degree from Erskine College. He entered the shoe business and was eventually named Senior Vice-President of International Shoe Company in St Louis, at that time the largest shoe company in the world. After retiring, he served as a consultant for numerous companies both domestically and internationally.
John was a member of New Perth ARP Church in Troutman while growing up. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching college basketball and attending ACC Tournaments. He especially enjoyed the annual summer vacation with his family at the beach.
A memorial service celebrating the life of John will be held at Troutman Funeral Home in Troutman, NC from 6 to 6:30pm on Friday, February 16, followed by visitation with the family from 6:30 till 8:00pm.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the New Perth ARP Church, Box 457, Troutman, NC, 28166.