Desmond E. Neeley, 91, died on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.


A native of Scott County, Virginia, he served his country in the United State Army, during the Korean War. Desmond loved being outdoors and spent most of his life farming, caring  for the land, and the crops he planted. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and caring for his flower garden.  Desmond liked music: gospel, country and bluegrass and attending church.   His family fondly remembers him as a “Tinker”  repairing and building most anything. He was a son of the late William and Mary Fields Neeley and was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae Neeley; son: Alva Bowman and 13 siblings.


Desmond is survived by daughters:  Mary Muse and husband Frank, Elizabeth Neeley; sons: Robert Bowman and wife Rhonda, Bill Neeley and wife Linda, Arnold Neeley, Daniel Neeley and wife Donna, Frank Neeley, David Neeley; daughter in law: Loretta Bowman; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. 


Graveside service, with Military Honors, will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Crosshill Cemetery, Carthage, NC.   


The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter Mary Muse.


Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Neeley family.


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  1. Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. May God wrap His arms of peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. I remember that for years he warmly greeted and welcomed his fellow brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  3. We are so sorry to hear of our friend and brother’s passing. He always said of being at the Kingdom Hall, “I am here”. Looking to see him soon in the resurrection. The Marsh Family

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