William Franklin “Billy” Neeld
August 28, 1931 – September 17, 2016
BOWIE – William Franklin “Billy” Neeld, 85, died Sept. 17, 2016 in Bowie, TX.
The family received friends from 5 -7 p.m. Sept. 20 at The White Family Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Bowie.
Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Stoneburg.
Neeld was born Aug. 28, 1931 in Stoneburg to Henry and Lela (Brown) Neeld. He graduated from Stoneburg High School in 1949.
Neeld married Virgie Cowley on Aug. 20, 1950 in Stoneburg. He served his country in the National Guard. He owned and operated Billy F. Neeld Mens Store in Bowie for 15 years.
In 1976 they moved to Lubbock where he worked for Dunlaps Department Store making tailor made clothing. He retired in 2008 and moved back to Bowie.
Neeld was an active member of the Lions Club, a deacon at the First Baptist Church, he helped start the Bowie Jaycees, was past president of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the VFW Post 252.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lela Neeld; brother, Perry Neeld and grandson, Koby Neeld.
He is survived by his wife, Virgie Neeld, Bowie; children, Keila Hendrix, Allen, Daron Neeld, Breckenridge and Necole Boyd, Mesquite; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Jack J. LeClair
September 14, 1946 – January 28, 2023
SAINT JO – Jack J. LeClair, 76, died on Jan. 28, 2023.
A rosary led by Tom and Denise Koranek was at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Scott Funeral Home. The eulogy was delivered by Jack Lyons. A mass of Christian burial by Fr. Joe Keating was at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 14, 1946 in Ponca City, OK to Jack J. (Chief) LeClair and Grace Jeanette LeClair. He married Dianne Sicking Clegg in 2000. They moved to North Texas and set up a cow/ calf operation with a dedication to managing the native wildlife.
He graduated from Pharr San Juan Alamo High School in 1964. He went on to attend the University of Texas on a baseball scholarship, then to Pan- American College for undergraduate work, where he was a teacher at Ed Couch Elsa Schools. He graduated from Texas A&M Kingsville in 1975 with a master of science in range science and management. He began his career in field development and tech service with Chevron/ Ortho Chemical in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He also did some doctoral work at Texas A&I.
From 1982-1999, he worked in development and was an integral part of the DuPont Development team that was responsible for introducing new active ingredient chemistry for cotton, cereal, corn, rice, soybeans and range and pasture. From 2000-2003, he was in field development for United Ag Products. Going back to DuPont in 2004, he became part of the DuPont Crop Protection team as a range and pasture specialist. Once again, he developed active ingredient chemistry for range and pasture brush and weed control. He retired from DuPont after 27 years of service. In 2014 he began a three year stint with Bayer Environmental Services in range and pasture sales. He was a longtime member of The Society for Range Management.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Pamela Sue.
He is survived by his wife; brother, Joe LeClair, Oklahoma City; children, Jeff LeClair, Portland, Stephen LeClair, Gonzales and Ashli LeClair, Austin and one grandson.
Memorials may be made to Saint Jo Volunteer Fire Department or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo.
April 1, 1958 – January 27, 2023
NOCONA – David Womack, 64, died on Jan. 27, 2023 in Nocona.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
He was born on April 1, 1958 in Nocona to Eldon Womack Sr. and Patty Walker Womack. He worked in the oilfield most of his life doing many jobs, but mainly as a pumper. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Nocona.
He is survived by his children, Bryan Womack, Dumas, TX and Beth Schnick, Wichita Falls; brothers, Donnie Womack, Nocona and Dale Womack, Nocona; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.
Johnnie Lowell Chappell
May 17, 1936 – January 27, 2023
BOWIE – Johnnie Lowell Chappell, 86, died on Jan. 27, 2023.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, at the White Family Funeral Home. A memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4, at Freedom Life Church in Bowie.
He was born in Henrietta on May 17, 1936 to Lee Olan and Mary Cleo (Hays) Chappell. On May 30, 1955 he married Frances Jones Chappell in Byers, TX. He grew up in Henrietta on his family’s farm. He was an accomplished businessman, farmer and racing sponsor and an avid automobile enthusiast.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Darla DeAnn Chappell, Toni Carol and Lisa Marie; one great-granddaughter; one daughter-in-law and sister, Deleen Ruebush.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances Chappell; sons, Lowell Chappell, Bowie and Adam Chappell, Springtown; daughter, Sheila Duggan, Fort Worth; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Shiflet, Argyle and Glenda Buck, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bowie Senior Citizens Project at 501 Pelham St. Bowie, TX 76230.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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