LAKELAND, Fla. — Albert “Tom” Thomas McNeely, 93, died on February 12, 2013, due to natural causes.
He was born on November 11, 1919, in Farmington, Ky., and was raised on his family’s soybean and tobacco farm. He graduated from Farmington High School in Kentucky. Tom married Eva Katherine Green on November 17, 1942, and shared 66 years of marriage before her death on July 19, 2009. He was a World War II Army veteran, stationed and fought in the Aleutian Islands.
He spent 33 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a registered licensed professional engineer. He retired after 27 years working with FEMA.
Tom was the Sunday School superintendent for the First United Methodist Church in Manchester, Tenn. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite president, an ambassador of the Oleika Shriner Temple in Lexington, Ky., and a member of the Eastern Star in Morehead, Ky. Tom was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, Fla.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, cars, boating, refereeing high school basketball, and became a world class barbequer, best known for his ribs.
Mr. McNeely was predeceased by his wife, Eva Katherine Green; father, Allen Tolbert McNeely; mother, Maggie Mae Hughes; sisters, Eva Boyd and Ida Ruth Boyd; brothers, Otto, Carl, James B., and Billy Joe McNeely.
He is survived by his sons, Stephen (Pam), Pasadena, Calif., and Marshall (Kim), Lakeland, Fla.; daughter, Charlotte Gibson (Jim), Dothan, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823 and the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, 12502 Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.