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John Henry O'Neal, Jr.

February 2, 1923 December 23, 2018
John  Henry O'Neal, Jr.
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Obituary for John Henry O'Neal, Jr.

Mr. John Henry O’Neal Jr., 95, of Smyrna, GA went to be with the Lord, peacefully in his sleep following a long battle with Parkinson’s, on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Appie Virginia O’Neal (Jenny) and survived by his children, Johnny O’Neal, David O’Neal, Sam O’Neal, and wife Susan and Gina O’Neal de Vries and husband Lance, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was born on February 2, 1923, in Bolton, Atlanta, GA, the youngest of six children to Hattie Lean and John Henry O’Neal.

John married Jenny on April 27, 1945, and together they raised four children, moving to Ridge Road, Smyrna in 1965 where they lived until 2012 when health issues necessitated a move to Delmar Gardens, Smyrna.

As a young man, John worked as a weaver and spinner at Whittier Cotton Mills and served in the US Army. He then trained as a brick mason before starting his own business, O’Neal Drywall, and built many houses in the metro Atlanta area over a 30 year period. Then in 1976, he joined his wife as co-owner of Jenny’s Pottery and Plants, Austell Road, Marietta, where they both worked until retirement in 1994. John loved working in his yard and that along with Jenny’s green thumb meant their front yard on Ridge Road won beautification awards for several years.

Throughout his life, John was involved in the church and served as a deacon for many years. Since 1995, John and Jenny had been members of Mount Paran Church of God. John was a keen fisherman and enjoyed watching sports, particularly baseball and football. John had a wonderful sense of humor and true to his Irish heritage always had an amusing story or joke to share. John was a loving family man who in a gentle, quiet and unassuming way lived out his long life with great integrity, wisdom and strength together with God inspired grace, dignity and endless patience.

The viewing will be held on Wednesday, 2 January at Carmichael Funeral Home, Smyrna, from 11am-1pm, to be immediately followed by the funeral service at 1 pm and burial at Riverview Cemetery.


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Visitation

Wednesday

2

Jan

11:00 AM 1/2/2019 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 1/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna

2950 King Street
Smyrna, GA 30080

Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna
2950 King Street Smyrna 30080 GA
United States

Service

Wednesday

2

Jan

1:00 PM 1/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna

2950 King Street
Smyrna, GA 30080

Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna
2950 King Street Smyrna 30080 GA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Riverview Memorial Park Cemetery Final Resting Place

5411 South Cobb Drive
Smyrna, GA 30080

5411 South Cobb Drive Smyrna 30080 GA
United States
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