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Dess Neal

Born: 11/22/1915

Died: 7/27/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Dess Neal, 88, passed away in his sleep on July 27, 2004, at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, Talihina, Oklahoma. He was born on September 22, 1915, in Quinton, Oklahoma, to Louis and Sophia Neal.

Dess attended Jones Academy in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and later attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, where he excelled in sports and was a Haskell Letterman. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard in the Horse Calvary during 1937-1939. He married Samantha Going on August 4, 1939, and made their home in various states across the United States. His last home before retiring to Oklahoma was in the Pearl River Community in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He was employed with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Samantha Neal; his brother, Melvin Neal; and his sister, Viola Gray, and his daughter, Lucy Gibson.

Survivors include two sons and four daughters, Dess W. Neal of Millington, Tennessee, Hiahwahnah R. Neal of Talihina, Oklahoma, Wakita Lang of Coweta, Oklahoma, Joy Seale of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wanoka Wofford and Jo Billie, both of Philadelphia, Mississippi; 39 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A special thank you

The family of Dess Neal wishes to extend their deepest heartfelt appreciation to the many persons who showed their support and kindness to the family during the loss of their loved one. To Betty Jack, we thank you for your kindness in assisting us with our Dad, when we were not able to. To the singers who tolerated the heat to sing at the funeral, we appreciate your precious time. To Charlie Scott, our cousin, we thank you for presiding over the graveside service and for your kind words of encouragement.

We would also like to acknowledge the nurses, doctors and staff at the Choctaw Nation Hospital in Talihina. Thank you for taking such good care of our Dad, your genuine concern and care was very comforting. We would like to acknowledge the home health service who assisted Dad daily, especially Brenda, who went above and beyond her daily duties.

Dess Neal