Phyllis Johnson McNeill

Published 1:19 pm Friday, May 13, 2016

Mrs. Phyllis Johnson McNeill, 88, formerly of Mocksville, died Friday, May 6, 2016, at Alamance Regional Medical Center, due to complications caused by bronchiectasis. She was surrounded by her family.

Mrs. McNeill was born Dec. 15, 1927, in Mocksville, to the late Philip Johnson and Marie Allison Johnson. She attended public schools in Mocksville and graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, class of 1949. For two years following graduation, she was employed by the American Red Cross at U.S. Naval installations in Biloxi, Miss. and Memphis, Tenn. At the time of her marriage to Mr. McNeill in September, 1955, she was employed by the recreation department of Winston-Salem. In 1957, while living in Tampa, Mrs. McNeill began her career as a school teacher, teaching kindergarten in Tampa, Raleigh, Crofton, Md. and Brooklyn Park, Md.  During this time she obtained her master’s degree in elementary education. She became a retired school teacher in 1988. After living in Bowie, Md. for 47 years, Mrs. McNeill and her husband moved to a retirement community in Burlington in 2012.

Survivors: her husband, Robert Strange McNeill of the home; a son, Robert S. McNeill Jr. (Sharon) of Carrboro; 2 daughters, Elizabeth Walker (Lloyd) of Austin, Texas and Ann Marie McNeill (Diane) of Chapel Hill; and 3 grandchildren, Olympia Walker, Allison and Philip McNeill.

A memorial graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2 at Joppa Cemetery in Mocksville. Following the services, a celebration of life reception will be held in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.