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Ben Jones Neal

June 24, 1928 — October 11, 2020

Ben Jones Neal, 92, of Oxford, NC passed at home surrounded by his family as they sang his favorite hymns on Sunday, October 11, 2020. He was born in Caswell County, NC on June 24, 1928 to his now predeceased parents, Robert Lee Neal and Amy Garrett Neal.

Ben moved to the Oak Hill community shortly after graduating from NC State with an Agriculture degree. He taught at Oak Hill School for 10 years. While a teacher, he met Ruth Amis Norwood on a blind double date. They were married shortly after. Ben was a lifelong farmer who loved working outdoors. He took great pleasure in tending his large yard and loved walking the farm. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and always shared the bounty from his garden. Ben had a generous spirit, a mischievous grin, a great sense of humor, and loved talking to everyone he met. He wanted everyone to feel welcome no matter how young or old they were. Ben also loved to dance and would take Ruth and the girls to square dances whenever possible.

Ben loved Jesus, his family, church (Amis Chapel Baptist), his community, the Masons and Gideons International. He spent many Saturdays witnessing to the inmates at Butner Prison and also visiting the sick and those in nursing homes. As a founding member of the Mountain Creek Development Association, he was a driving force in organizing and growing the community.
Mr. Neal is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth Norward Neal; 3 daughters Lillian Neal Aaron (Joe) of Austin, TX; Elizabeth Neal Swann of Asheville, NC; Benjie Neal Nelson (Den) of Guerneville, CA; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and his sister Lelia Neal Essic of Mocksville, NC.

The family will receive guests by way of a drive through visitation that will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home.

Please plan to enter the funeral home parking lot from Broad Street and Exit onto College St. Funeral services will be held in the front yard of Amis Chapel Church, Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 pm. Please wear a mask and bring a lawn chair.

For those who would like to view the recorded service, please visit, select Ben’s obituary and then follow the posted link. The recorded service will be posted to the webpage Saturday evening. Burial will take place in the Amis Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made in Ben’s name to the Amis Chapel Steeple Fund, 9198 Amis Chapel Rd, Oxford, NC 27565 or Gideon’s Intl, PO Box 933, Oxford, NC 27565.

The Neal family is proudly being served by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, 503 College St., Oxford, NC, 27565. Online memorials:

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, October 16, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home

503 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565

Drive thru Please enter from the back entrance on Broad Street and drive to the front of the Funeral Home, where you will pay your respects to the family and exit on to College Street.

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Funeral Ceremony

Saturday, October 17, 2020

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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