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Reverend Robert Neel, age 64, of Crockett, passed away July 19, 2019 in Lufkin Hospice in the Pines. Robert was born April 21, 1955 in Houston to parents, A.C. Neel and Mary Dotson Neel. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1978 as a civil engineer, working for the Texas Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring from there. He was a part of the design team that created double decker bridges in San Antonio and a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineering. Robert was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and was a member of the Lifepointe Church where he served as interim pastor for many years, treasurer, children’s pastor and volunteered with the Senior Care Box Ministries. He was a member of the Houston County Historical Commission and a volunteer for Mission Crockett.

Robert is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gloria Gillen Neel; children, Robert Jason Neel and wife, Rebecca, Suzanne Riddle and husband, Morris; grandchildren, Zachary and fiancé, Hailey, Matthew, Riley, and Reagan plus two in Heaven; great-granddaughter, Isabella Amber Neel (born Tuesday on Gloria’s birthday); parents, A.C. and Mary Lois Neel; siblings, Calvin Neel and wife, Cynthia, Rebecca Harrison and husband, Kevin; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services for Reverend Robert Neel will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Lifepointe Church with Reverend Jeb Dotson, Reverend Kevin Harrison and Reverend Albert Cortez officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.




  1. Very saddened to hear his passing and the pain for the family. I know he’s in the presence of the Lord and family in that wonderful place Heaven. I saw this on facebook : We often hear, “life is short … better enjoy it”! How about
    “eternity is long , better prepare for it”! I know Robert prepared well.

    Deepest Sympathy for the Neel Family

    Tammy Landrum

  2. Gloria I’m so sorry to hear about Robert,he was a very good man, husband, father and a grandfather. Robert will be truly missed by all but he has gone to be with our father forever. I know the hurt of a love one that has gone to be with our lord. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Love to you all
    Deborah Langford

  3. Oh! LORD ! Oh Lord ! Oh Lord !
    Lift up the family LORD !
    Surround them with your presence !
    Hold them tight !
    Please LORD ! Help them feel you !

    Gloria, I know your heart is broken. Miss Mary Lois, my heart is broken, because I know you are suffering. The lost of a child, I just cannot image.
    I love you…

  4. We’re very sorry for your loss. Our prayers goes forth~ The world really lost a wonderful man. Comfort & strength to the family.

    God Bless,
    Gail & Edward Schneider
    (Red Oak, Tx.)

  5. Neal Family, I am very sorry for Roberts passing for you. Ever since I have known you as a young boy, you guys were always a very strong family. Ya’ll have set an example for other families to follow, Physically and Spiritually. Just want to encourage you with these words.
    The Appearing of the Lord- 1Thessalonians 4:13-16
    (Passion Translation)
    13 Beloved brothers and sisters, we want you to be quite certain about the truth concerning those who have passed away, so that you won’t be overwhelmed with grief like many others who have no hope.
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who died while believing in him. 15 This is the word of the Lord: we who are alive in him and remain on earth when the Lord appears will by no means have an advantage over those who have already died, for both will rise together.
    16 For the Lord himself will appear with the declaration of victory, the shout of an archangel, and the trumpet blast of God. He will descend from the heavenly realm and command those who are dead in Christ to rise first. 17Then we who are alive will join them, transported together in clouds to have an encounter with the Lord in the air, and we will be forever joined with the Lord. 18So encourage one another with these truths.

  6. Prayers for the family. May God’s grace be with you during this time of grief.

  7. Gloria, I am so saddened and sorry for your loss! Mr. Neel will be missed deeply by all who knew him. He was a very very special man!! I feel blessed to have known him. I enjoyed working with him at Angelina College. He always had a smile, was always so positive, and it was so obvious that he loved his family and the Lord. What a great loss to this world! You and your family are in my prayers precious lady!! May He rest in peace.

  8. Gloria and family, I was so shocked and saddened to see this news. My prayers for healing are with you all. I so much appreciated all the help you gave me when I was editor of the Courier. Robert was such a good man, a good Christian man, a great writer and a dear friend. I’m so very sorry I didn’t know in time to attend his service today. Love and miss you.

  9. We are saddened to learn of Mr. Neel’s passing. Our students appreciated the excellent work he did as he taught them about computers.

    Lifting up prayers for his family,
    Judy Wright, Angelina College

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