The Rev. Jennings A. Neeld Jr. went home to be with his best friend, Jesus, September 7, 2020.
Born in Tampa, Florida, to Jennings A. Neeld Sr. and Pearl Johnson Neeld February 28, 1929.
He served his country in both the U.S. Coast Guard and then the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.
He dedicated his life to the Lord when he received the call to preach while working for the U.S. Post Office. After receiving the call of the Lord, he returned to high school to earn his high school diploma. He spent the first 11 years of his ministry going through college and seminary.
He attended Florida Southern College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. He and his family then moved to Georgia where he attended Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, earning his Master’s Degree of Divinity. As a methodist minister, he served churches in Dover, Florida, The Cove & Tilton Circuit in Dalton, Georgia, Miami, Florida, Leesburg Florida, Oviedo, Florida, and Tallahassee Florida. He retired from the ministry in 1994.
He and Carolyn in 1986, moved to their home in the north Georgia mountains, “God’s Country” as they called them. He ministered to churches in Epworth, Ellijay, Georgia, and Blairsville, Georgia, and was Pastor Emeritus at First United Methodist Church of Copperhill.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Carolyn Dempsey Neeld, his wife of 56 years; and great-grandson, Nathan Emerson Neeld.
He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Jennings and Robin Neeld and Lonnie and Barbara Neeld; five grandchildren: Jolyn Matheson (Robby), Carey Maple (Eddie), Heather Neeld, Kristin O’Donnell (Stephen), Jennings Chance Neeld (Katie); 13 great-grandchildren; three nephews; and five nieces.
A going home celebration will be held at a later date.
You may send condolences to the family at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com