John Edward McNeal, Jr., 67, of Pedro, OH passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY.  He was born Dec. 17, 1953 in Portsmouth, OH, son of the late John and Mary McCain McNeal.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Penny Lewis; one brother, Michael “Sam” McNeal and two brothers-in-law, Charles “Chuck” Chambers and Dan Congrove. 

John was a loving husband, dad, and grandfather.  He is survived by his wife, Cheryl McNeal; seven children, Chad McNeal of Ossineke, MI, Jill McNeal Little (Steve) of Burlington, KY,  Jack McNeal (Paula) of Oak Hill, OH, Carrie McNeal of Oak Hill, OH, Krista Abrams (Jeremy) of Ironton, OH, Shane Russell (Hannah) of Kitts Hill, OH and Kaci Delong (Tanner) of Pedro, OH; two sisters, Lori McNeal Chambers of Patriot, OH and Rose McNeal Congrove of Jackson, OH; a brother, Paul McNeal (Wilma) of Oak Hill, OH;  sisters-in-law, Linda McNeal of Oak Hill, OH, Angie Lewis (David) of Pedro; brothers-in-law, Tim Lewis of Jackson, OH, Mike Gillispie (Lee Ann) of Pedro;  12 grandchildren, Chad and John McNeal, Camden Little, Jaxson and Jaylan McNeal, Jolee Miller, Eli, Evan and Ean Abrams, Reid Russell and Jaci Delong; and two great-grandchildren, Myelz and Delaney McNeal. 

John served in the West Virginia National Guard.  He was a volunteer firefighter for Madison-Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department for many years.  He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, hiking, and birding.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, OH.  Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.