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James Aaron McNeely, Sr.

March 10, 1942 ~ December 15, 2021 (age 79)

Obituary

James Aaron McNeely Sr., of Rome, NY; born March 10, 1942 was called home to be with the Lord, after a brief illness on December 15, 2021.  He was the eldest son of Capius Lee McNeely (deceased) and Evelyn (Torrence) McNeely (deceased) of Salisbury, NC.  James was an exceptional student, graduating from Price High School in Salisbury, NC.  He later received his Bachelors of Science from Livingstone College.  In addition to excelling in his studies he pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.  He later received his Master’s Degree from Syracuse University.  Professionally he worked for a few years as a math and science teacher before taking a job as an electrical engineer at Griffiss Air Force Base, where he worked until retirement.   He was a faithful and devoted member of Hope Chapel AME Zion Church in Utica, NY.  There he served as President of the Trustee Board, Chair of the Ministry of Kindness, Class Leader and member of the Men’s Club. 

Services will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Sills Creek AME Zion  Church; 3165 Bradshaw Rd., Mooresville, NC 28115; Visitation will be 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM with Funeral Services at 1:00 PM.  Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, grilling, and watching westerns.  He had a special gift of being able to fix anything and a unique sense of humor.  He was a man of great character and conviction, and a committed family man who exemplified the golden rule by treating others the way God wants us to treat our fellow man.

James had four siblings, two brothers and two sisters: Cylista Brady (deceased), Myra Gail Cuthbertson, Billy Wayne McNeely (deceased) and Harry Lee McNeely.

On August 20, 1966 at First Baptist Church in Southmont, NC he was united in matrimony to the love of his life Margaret Louise (Adderton) McNeely.  Their union lasted for 54 years before she preceded him to glory six months prior.  Their loving union was blessed with three boys, James A. McNeely Jr., Eric A. McNeely and Dwayne A. McNeely. 

In addition to leaving behind his three sons he also leaves two daughter-in-laws, Danita McNeely and Tawina McNeely: Sister Myra Gail Cuthbertson and brother, Harry Lee McNeely, eight grandchildren, Linquan, Robert, Claire, Caleb, Carson, Deondria, Shamika and Jasmine and six great grandchildren, Kvan, Kyler, Jazhari, Kamon, Devion and Ralik. He leaves six sister-in-laws and six brother-in-laws, Agnes Tyler, Brenda McNeely, William and Savanna Adderton, Jimmy and Jackie Adderton, Rev. Leon and Evelyn Key, Mike and Arnetta Smith, and Lemuel Cleo Brady (LC) along with a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
December 23, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sills Creek A.M.E. Zion Church
3165 Bradshaw Road
Mooresville, NC 28115

Funeral Service
Thursday
December 23, 2021

1:00 PM
Sills Creek A.M.E. Zion Church
3165 Bradshaw Road
Mooresville, NC 28115

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