James J. Neale, Jr., 100, who had been a Madison County farmer for many years, died October 6, 2017. He lived most of his life at his West Main Street home in Richmond.
A native and lifelong resident of this county, Mr. Neale had been active in the Madison County Farm Bureau during its early years-having served as an officer for more than a decade. He also was a member of the Richmond Cemetery Board of Trustees, of which he was chairman for a number of years and instrumental in securing the last ten acres of cemetery property.
He was the son of the late James J. and Mary Tribble Neale and was an honors graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He served for a few years on the faculty at the newly built Central High School of Madison County before devoting himself fully to his farming interest.
Maintaining a lifelong interest in history, he participated in a number of historical projects. He was a member of the First Christian Church since 1926 and the Madison County Historical Society and the Society of Boonesboro.
Survivors are a number of cousins including: Susan Neale of Danville, Ann Nave Bass of Lexington, Dot Neale of Memphis, Tennessee, Sarah Neale Parrish of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Alice Jane Ballew of Richmond.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret D. Neale of Richmond.
Funeral service will be conducted at graveside, 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Richmond Cemetery, with Rev. Mark Condrey officiating.
The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on October 7, 2017