Joseph Lockhart Neel

  •  Joseph Lockhart Neel

Born in Cartersville, GA on July 25, 1958

Departed on February 28, 2019 and resided in Cartersville, GA

Joseph Lockhart Neel, 60, of Cartersville, died February 27, 2019.

Joe died unexpectedly of heart complications.

He was born July 25,1958 in Cartersville and was the son of the late James Monroe Neel Jr. and Frances Neel Maxwell.

Survivors include his sister San Neel Hammond (Rob) of Mentone, AL, two brothers, Jay Neel of Marble, NC, and Dan Neel (Mollyshannon) of Lakewood, WA, five nephews, an Aunt, Pam Maxwell Carpenter and numerous cousins and family members.

After attending Miss Marilu’s Kindergarten, he was a 1976 graduate of the Cartersville School System and graduated from UGA with a BS degree in Agronomy. He was a Horticultural Specialist and owned a Landscaping Business. Joe left his footprints in many gardens… as well as his touch upon the souls of all he met, “an old soul” himself, he was.

He was a member of the Church of Ascension in Cartersville, where he served as an acolyte.

Having grown up on the family farm, he had a love of the outdoors. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, kayaking, hiking, water, and snow skiing. It has been said that he was half fish. Joe had a lifelong passion for music and Jeopardy. Most of all he loved his many friends of all ages and walks of life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials for Joe can be made to:

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation,
The Church of Ascension
205 W Cherokee Avenue
Cartersville, GA 30120.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Juanita Boone March 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    It doesn’t seem real that your gone. I always thought you would be an “Old Fart” lol and even though we bumped heads I appreciate you for all the memories you gave us kids. RIP Joe

  2. Kristi Raines March 6, 2019 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Joe Joe, my friend!! Your stubborn self will be greatly missed! I will always treasure the fun, happy, no drama times we spent fishing, working, lunching. and watching jeopardy!!! The best friend all of us had!! Very kind soul!! See you on the other side!!

  3. Dave March 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm - Reply


    Mere words cannot express the hurt and sorrow that I can’t shake from losing you. I’m getting kinda used to this lump in my throat. My buddy, I always called YOU when I wanted to get out of the house with a friend, when I needed to know something I didn’t know, and when I needed help. You were always there. You never asked me for anything in return. I was always there for you, too, and I’m here for you now, Joe. I never considered this day would ever come. Love you, Man!

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