William ‘Bill’ Franklin O’Neal

Published 9:50 am Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Mr. William “Bill” Franklin O’Neal, 86, of Mocksville, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.

He was born June 1, 1936,in Davie County to the late John Frank and Marie Sharp O’Neal. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked for Rankin-Sanford and Hennis Freight Lines, and retired on March 1, 2001, from Ingersoll-Rand having worked there for 32 years. Bill was a member of Jericho church of Christ for 61 years. He enjoyed working on small engines and the time he spent as a member of the Piedmont Tractor Association. In the past, Bill was a member of the Center Volunteer Fire Department, and is a retired member of the Davie County Rescue Squad. He was a big fan of baseball and softball and in his younger years coached. Bill enjoyed woodworking, doing puzzles, and loved going to the beach and camping.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his stepmother, Stella Elizabeth “Babe” Tutterow O’Neal; and a brother and his wife, John Henry and Frances O’Neal.

Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Ruby Safley O’Neal; a son, Franklin O’Neal (Lynette); granddaughters, Taylor O’Neal and Ashlyn Hicks; grandsons, Kolby Hurt and Avery Hicks; sister-in-law, Verna Webb (Jim); niece, Charlene Hayes (Jimmy); nephew, Matthew Webb (Pam), and their children, Archer and Nixon; and numerous friends, and church family.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 at Jericho Church of Christ, with Mr. Jack Lipsey officiating.  The service wis available to view on the Lambert Funeral Home  ome website. Inurnment followed in the church columbarium with military rites conducted by the VFW Honor Guard as well as honors presented by Davie County Rescue Squad. The family received friends in the fellowship building following the inurnment.

Consider memorials to: Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625; Carolina Bible Camp, PO Box 1234, Mocksville, NC 27028; or VFW Memorial Honor Guard, 4433 Bashavia Drive, Pfafftown, NC 27040.

Online condolences: www.lambertfuneralhomenc.com.