Franklin Delano Neal, 85, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Franklin was born Nov. 21, 1932 in Blooming Grove, the second youngest of six children born to Clara Ollie Futch Neal and Wesley D Neal.
Franklin grew up in and around Corsicana in his early years and resided in Corsicana his entire adult life. Franklin met the love of his life, Nelda June Jordan Neal, in March of 1953. It was truly love at first sight as he married Nelda on April 24, 1954 while home on leave from the Military.
Franklin served his country in the Army in El Paso at Fort Bliss from May 1953 to May 1954 and was then deployed to Okinawa for a year during the Korean War. Franklin achieved the rank of Corporal serving in the Army until April 23, 1955. He arrived home in Corsicana, just in time to spend his first Anniversary with his beloved Nelda. Franklin and Nelda made their home in Corsicana, where they raised their family.
Franklin worked at Bethlehem Steel Company as a young adult. He was a Professional Insurance Salesman working for National Life & Accident Insurance Company for 20 years and then owning Franklin Neal Insurance Agency, for some 25 years until his retirement.
Franklin spent his life protecting his friends, family, and community by providing insurance services to many Corsicana residents. As his Business Cards read. Franklin Neal Insurance Agency... "The Man With The Plan For You" Franklin was a member of Union High Missionary Baptist Church and Second Avenue Missionary Baptist Church for many years. Franklin was ordained as a deacon April 13, 1958 and served for almost 60 years. He also served as Sunday School Supt., and Adult Sunday School and BTC Teacher for many years. Franklin served CISD and the kids of Corsicana as Band Parent President and Booster Club President.
Franklin loved God, Nelda, and his family most, followed by music, and ranching. Franklin wrote songs, played a guitar and sang, and enjoyed music from his early teenage years. He published two songs when he was 78 years old. Quite an accomplishment for a lifelong song writer and music lover. Frank raised cattle for some 60 plus years in Union High and Corsicana. He spent countless hours over the years with Nelda at the farm, looking over the cattle and enjoying the beauty of nature and the animals. After retirement, the Farm was one of Franklin's favorite places to hang out and enjoy life with his family and friends.
Franklin was an Endowed Member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174 where he served for many years as a study instructor, performed Masonic Funerals, and served as Worshipful Master and other officer positions for the lodge. He also served as a Worthy Patron for the Corsicana Chapter No. 118 order of the Eastern Star.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wesley Neal Jr. and Joel Dean Neal, and his sisters Dorothy Golden, Ruth Phillips, and Frances Walker.
Left to cherish Franklin's memory is his wife of almost 64 years, Nelda; a son Danny Franklin Neal and wife Nancy of Frisco; daughter Carla Evans-Barber and husband Cliff of Corsicana; grandsons Daniel Neal of Dallas, Jonathon Franklin Neal of Dallas, Nicholas Neal of Dallas, and Drew Cain and wife Jennifer of New Braunfels. He is also survived by granddaughters Carly Neal of Frisco, Mikala Evans of Corsicana, and Jill Cain of Dallas and great grandson Jackson Cain of New Braunfels.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Visitation followed at the Griffin Roughton Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Neal, Jonathon Franklin Neal, Nicholas Neal, Drew Cain, Chuck Tidwell, Steven Tidwell, Darrell Tidwell, and Scott Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers are James Neal, Lester Franklin Neal, Nelson Galloway, Curtis Holt, Nicky Andrews, Wayne Moody, Tim Moody, and Gene Gardner.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Second Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.
An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Published on January 17, 2018