McNeil, Howard Grayson

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Rev. Howard Grayson McNeill, 75, went into the presence of his Lord on August 13, 2014, in Dublin, VA. Born in Lee County, NC on August 25, 1938, he was educated in Moore County, NC and graduated from Cameron High School in 1956.

He attended Washington Bible College in Washington, DC and graduated in 1960 with a B.A. in Biblical Education. He then attended Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He faithfully preached and pastored churches in Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny David McNeill and Rosie Dinkins McNeill, two brothers, Johnny Allen McNeill and Samuel Eugene McNeill.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Laura Dawson McNeill. Three children, Rev. David Grayson McNeill and wife Kristi of Roanoke, VA, Mrs. Robin Dunavant and husband Doug of Dublin, VA, Mr. Daniel McNeill and wife Paula of Covington, KY. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Shae Caldwell, Ashley Mustian, Lee McNeill, Heather Dunavant, Kari Dunavant, Holli McNeill, Kaylee Meade, Zachary McNeill, Molly McNeill, and five great grandchildren, Kaci Caldwell, Carter Mustian, Kylie Caldwell, Gracelyn McNeill, and Bryson McNeill. Also surviving are siblings: Ozell McNeill Sharp and husband Joseph of Sanford, NC, Melvin McNeill and wife Marcia of Bakersville, NC, and Tom McNeill and wife Charlene of Sanford, NC.

He was a member of Auburn Baptist Church in Riner, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church in Blue Ridge with Rev. David McNeill officiating. Interment will follow in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6 t0 8 pm at Lotz Funeral Home in Vinton.

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