He was born on June 8, 1948 in Pampa to Dot Dee and Joseph L. Neil.
Being a lifelong resident of Pampa, Joseph attended schools, had numerous employments including Panhandle Industrial as a C & C Machine Operator for many years, as a Drafter for Meriman and Barber Drafting for 18 years and a Wal-Mart Associate for the last 16 years. His position in the electronics department at Wal-Mart was perfect for him as he loved to research and learn all he could about electronics, computers and gadgets. He was very honest and helpful to his customers as he had knowledge on the products he was working with. As a young boy, he built planes with his father which sparked a passion in him for life. He had many various airplane models and again, did hours upon hours of research that he wrote in spiral notebooks. Although a quite simple man, he did not care for the outdoors and would rather be inside watching TV (he loved commercials), sitting in front of his computer researching airplanes and trains, woodworking and even photography.
Joseph married Carol Quayle on Nov. 13, 1993 at Grace Baptist Church in Pampa and in doing so, he gained seven daughters that he was immensely proud to call his own. He often bragged about his seven girls and the family he so dearly loved. He was an active member at Highland Baptist Church and the Monday Night Prayer Group.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nancy Hardbread; brother, Virgil Neil; sister-in-law, Dee Neil; nephew, William Neil; niece, Renee Neil and a grandson, Jason Woodward.
He has left behind a vast legacy including his beloved wife, Carol Neil of Pampa; seven daughters, Marsia and husband Chuck Allard of Cannan, Conn., Teresa Perry of Kernersville, N.C., Tracy Martin of Cannan, Conn. Angie and husband Chris Williams of Thornton, Colo., Debbie and husband Robert McDonald of McLean, Sonya and husband Jeff Sweeney of Pampa, Toni and husband Shane White of Shawnee, Okla.; brother, John Neil and wife Robbin of Victoria; 20 grandchildren, Gary Rauscher, Sarina Popp and friend Jordon, Brandon Allard, Kevin Paulsson and wife Brooke, Sarah Paulsson, Taunua Martin, Robert Martin, Joshua Williams and friend Jakie, Jessica Williams and fiancé Chris, Brianna and husband Tim Regas, LaShonda and husband Danny Whittington, Jesse Parks and wife Nicole, Haylea and husband Burl Meadows, Garrett McDonald, Ashlee and husband Keenan Davis, Jeffrey Sweeney and wife Melanie, K’Leigh and husband Reese Douglas, Roper Sweeney and girlfriend Hunter Roberts, Shane White, Eric Hendrickson and wife Stephanie; 27 great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jason, Madison, Breannah, Brittany, Nate, Josh, Makenzie, Blake, Shariden, Shaylynn, Addie, Cayson, Brycen, Gracie, Charlotte, Bree Ryan, Clayton, Hendrix, Ryver, Sylar, Jensen, Aliza, Charlie, Savannah, Aurora and a grandson on the way; nieces, Linda and husband Mark Vanbuskirk of Pampa, Dot Dee Neil of Pampa, Ashley Neil of Victoria; nephew, J.R. Neil and wife Brandy of Panhandle; and numerous extended family members. By the way kids … George the cat did NOT really eat his thumb … he was pullin’ your leg!
To honor Joseph’s wishes and remain true to him, the family will not host a funeral service, but ask that you remember him in your own way. Should you wish to extend condolences to the family, you are welcome to visit them at Carol’s home, but please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing.
Joe’s family want to thank the caring ICU Staff at Pampa Regional Medical Center from the bottom of their hearts for the loving and compassionate care given to him during his stay. God bless you! Also, the outpouring of love, concern and support from his “Wal-Mart Family” has been incredible … thank you so much for reaching out to us!
Should you wish to honor Joseph with a donation in his memory, the family suggests they be made to either Highland Baptist Church, 1301 N Banks Pampa TX 79065 or to the Freedom Museum USA, 600 N Hobart Street, Pampa TX 79065.