Retired Dallas Fire Department Captain C. G. "Pete" McNeill, of Sanger (formerly of Irving), made his last alarm call on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Denton, Texas, as he rode Ladder 19 to Heaven. He was born on August 11, 1925 in Irving, Texas to Virgil Alvin and Jasie Lee (Clark) Blakely. He was 88 years of age.
On October 23, 1943, he married Martha Mathis in Dallas, Texas. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. In 1952, he joined the Dallas Fire Department, where he diligently served the people of Dallas until his retirement in 1974.In addition to serving as a firefighter in Dallas, he served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Irving and was also a home builder in Irving. He was a Past President of the Irving Home Builders Association. He was a member of the Dallas Shrine Hella Temple of Garland, Bolivar Masonic Lodge 418, Love Field R.A.M. Chapter 478, Love Field R. S. M. Chapter 396, and the Dallas Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sanger.
A visitation has been scheduled for 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Sanger followed by the funeral service at 2:30. Craig Waggoner will preside over the service. A Masonic Graveside will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Irving, Texas.
Left to cherish his memory is his son, Jeff McNeill and wife, Deanna of Callisburg; grandchildren, Mindy McNeill and Cale Trail of Sanger, Taylor McNeill and Marti McNeill both of Little Rock, AR, Brandon Atkins and wife, Elizabeth of Callisburg, Mallorey Atkins of Dallas, and Destiny Atkins of Callisburg; five great-grandchildren, Garrett, Preston, Connor, Hudson, and Sawyer; last, but certainly not least, Best Friend, Hazel Swindle of Sanger, as well as friends, David and Laura Fogle of Lindsay.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff and residents of Willow Bend Assisted Living and Memory Care, Ardent Hospice, and Mila with Ray of Sunshine.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the: Shriners Hospital for Children, Burn Care Facility, 815 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550-2725.
Coker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement and online condolences may be made to www.cokerfuneralhome.com .