James “Lee” McNeill, age 78 of Glendon died Tuesday, May 4 , 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.

A native of Harnett County he was a son of the late Cleve and Ruth (Byrd) McNeill. Lee served briefly in the US Army and worked for 28 years with Riley Paving as a Foreman.

He was a lifelong softball player playing in several different leagues usually as the pitcher. He had a strong faith and deep love for his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Martha Paschal McNeill; children Tara Perkins (Jerry) of Carthage, Carrla Hussey (Mark) of Westmore, Terry McLean (Lea) of Pinehurst, Gail Matthews (Jay) of Carthage, Tim McNeill (Susan) of Carthage; sisters Judy Angell (Bob) of Sanford, Janet Black (Gary) of Raleigh, Jean Patterson (Danny) of Broadway; brother Roy McNeill of Lillington; grandchildren Whitney Bennett (Justin), Stephanie Garner (Justin), Lauren Albright (Ben), Erica Hammond (Chad), Jessica Powers (Greg), Brooke McLean, Crystal McLean, Joseph Hussey (Catelyn Sheffeild), Caleb Hussey, Ethan Hussey, John Perkins, Carlee Perkins and Seth Perkins; 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Fair Promise United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Tom Hallburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Fair Promise United Methodist Church, 567 River Rd., Robbins, NC 27325, or to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the McNeill family.

Online condolence may be made at PinesFunerals.com


Visitation: May 10, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: May 11, 2021 2:00 pm

Fair Promise United Methodist Church
192 Glendon Carthage Rd
Goldston, NC 27252


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in James "Lee" McNeill's name.

FirstHealth Hospice Foundation

150 Applecross Road
Pinehurst, NC

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  1. He was a great man! Will be greatly missed! Love & prayers to everybody!

  2. Prayers to the McNeill family. Lee was always one of my favorites , a good person you could count on. He will be missed….Landy Riley

  3. Martha and extended family,
    We are so sorry for your loss .
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻

  4. Martha and family, we are so sorry to hear of Leverne’s passing. Praying God will comfort you and give you peace in the days ahead

  5. Martha, Tara, & Carrla Families,
    May God’s loving arms embrace you with His strength during this time and in the coming days. You are all in my prayers.

  6. So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. God welcomed him with open arms. Lee was a kind and thoughtful man. With a smile that would light up a room. Will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for your family. (My former husband, Ronnie Burke often spoke of Lee and though a lot of him)

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