Darrell Lynn McNeill Jr.

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Darrell Lynn McNeill Jr, age 55, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2023, at UNC Chapel Hill Medical Center. A native of Moore County, NC, he was the son of the late Darrell McNeill Sr. and is survived by his mother, Barbara McNeill. Darrell was a hardworking man and loved sports.

His work ethic brought him the opportunity to take over the business his grandfather started, McNeill Construction. Later, he and his brother Danny, would create the business, D&D Concessions, building food trucks. 

The family shared that he loved to travel, he and his late wife, Cathie, adventured to nearly every big baseball stadium in the US, his favorite team being the Atlanta Braves. He regularly travelled for golf and bowling tournaments. He and Cathie were members of the Sandhills Bowling Center. Darrell was a huge Dallas Cowboys football fan and when it came to NASCAR, Kyle Petty was the star always, and Tarheels had his heart. One could never walk into the house without ESPN being on the tv…and that tv had to be the biggest and newest so everyone could watch. Darrell enjoyed a getaway and his favorite vacation spot was anywhere with sun and blue water where he could relax and go fishing.

He is described as having a deep sense of loyalty, a great sense of humor, always the jokester; family was the center of Darrell’s life. His son will treasure the times he and his dad worked together, building, hammer in hand. His daughter holds the memory of the day her dad surprised her with a plane ticket to California; he knew how important it was to her and how much she wanted to go…”that’s one thing about my daddy, he would always make sure I would be able to experience anything I wanted to in life. He always said just go have fun!! You deserve it!!”

Darrell is predeceased by his father, Darrell Lynn McNeill Sr., his wife Cathie McNeill, and his sister Lana Renee McNeill.

He is survived by his loving children; Amanda and Darrell “Trey” McNeill III; his mother Barbara McNeill; his brother Danny and wife, Kathy McNeill; his step-children: Karl and Erik Eifert and Jennifer Thomas; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews: Felicia, Danielle, and Ashley McNeill and Timothy and Brandon Young.


Friends are invited to the visitation on Friday April 14, 2023, between 3-5PM at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC. The funeral service will follow at 5PM at the funeral home.


Fry & Pricket Funeral Home is honored to serve the McNeill family.

Online condolences may be left at www. pinesfunerals.com

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  1. So sorry to hear about Darrell Jr, as I have always called him. Sending many prayers to you all from your family in Wilmington. Lots of Love to you all.

  2. To the McNeill Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about Darrell. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    In loving friendship & with sympathy,
    The 1985 class of
    New Hanover High School

  3. Love ya my brother from another mother! Will always Cherish the times that we travel to see sporting events. Until we meet again.

  4. I will always remember DJ . He loved life !! always had a smile on his face , And he was loved by many people and I sure will miss him.

  5. To a dear friend who was there when i needed him years ago. Here to all the fun times we shared. RIP my friend.

  6. Thank you for being in our lives. We were the fortunate ones. Deepest sympathy to the family. Love always.

  7. I’m sending prayers and love to the family. Darrell was a wonderful friend during high school. He always had a smile on his face and ready to help anyone that needed it. Heaven received a special angel for sure.

  8. Sorry for the loss of a dear friend. Love you Joe Davis work with him at Steel and pipe. Praying for the family 🙏🙏🌹🕊

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