Joseph Franklin O’Neal
Funeral services celebrating the life of Joseph Franklin O’Neal, 92, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at Delhi Presbyterian Church, Delhi, LA, with Rev. Paul Lipe officiating. Interment will follow at Sibley Cemetery, Sibley, LA (Lincoln Parish). The family will receive friends for visitation at the church, one hour prior to the service. Surrounded by his family, he died peacefully at his home on January 15, 2011, in Shreveport, where he has lived for the past three years and prior to this time, having lived sixty-five years in Delhi, LA. Frank was born February 22, 1918, in Sibley, LA, Lincoln Parish, to the late Daniel Eldon O’Neal, Sr., and Frances Mary Land O’Neal. It was here that he spent his young life and always called it “home,” which he cherished greatly. He is survived by his wife Nettie Morgan O’Neal; by daughters, Frances O’Neal Washburne and husband Dr. Willard F. Washburne, of Shreveport, and Gwen O’Neal Anderson and husband T.J. Anderson, of Jackson, MS. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Dr. Joseph F. Washburne, and wife Missy of Hattiesburg, MS; Emily Washburne, of Edwards, CO; Cassie Smith, and husband Carter, and Chrissy Maggio and husband Chris, all of Jackson, MS; Adrienne Whaley and husband Jason and Ashley Anderson, of Memphis, TN. In addition, he is survived by nine great-grandchildren: Carlisle and Annalise Washburne; Havens, Caroline, and Tate Smith; Luke and Will Whaley; and Jake and Emily Maggio. He is also survived by a brother Dan E. O’Neal, Jr., and wife Jimmie, and a sister Ruth Walpole, and husband J.N., all of Ruston, LA, along with many nieces and nephews; and by stepdaughters Susan Wiggins and husband Charles, and Kathy Martin and husband Wayne, and step-grandsons Ched and Brian Wiggins. He was predeceased by his first wife Emily McGee O’Neal. Frank attended LA Tech and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1939 with a B.S. degree in agricultural science. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. During WWII from 1942-1945, he served his country in the U.S. Army. After achieving the rank of First Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers 359th Regiment, Company C, he was deployed to Europe, where his service took him to England, Normandy, Belgium, and the “Rhineland.” The purpose of his particular unit was to build bridges and lay pipelines to make way for the advancement of American troops. Afterwards he came to Delhi to make his home and begin his business career, which was his passion. He was manager/owner of O’Neal Butane-Propane for forty-five years, during which time he established branch locations in Winnsboro and Newellton, LA. He took pride in excelling as an entrepreneur in other business ventures as well, which included banking, retail stores, and farming. He enjoyed a variety of business opportunities and cherished the special relationships he formed with all of his dedicated employees and business partners. He served two terms as state president of the LA Propane Gas Association. Prior to his move to Shreveport, he was active in Delhi Presbyterian Church, serving many years as adult Sunday School teacher and elder on the Session, and, on occasion filling the pulpit as a layman. In serving his church, he enjoyed the Christian fellowship he received there. He was a member of the Delhi Masonic Lodge and also the Delhi Lions Club for almost fifty years, serving in multiple capacities, including president. He loved the outdoors, greatly appreciating the joys of fishing, hunting, boating, “surveying” land, growing vegetables and tending his rose garden, frying fish, cooking on the grill, and traveling. He was especially happy when doing these activities for and with his family. The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff of Hospice Compassus for their excellent care and compassion during the last months of his illness, and to Janice Gilbert and Hazel Mershon, for their faithful love, loyalty, and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Delhi Presbyterian Church, Delhi, LA 71232, Palmer Home for Children, PO Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703-0746 or Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home & Family Services, 1501 N. University, Ste. 345, Little Rock, AR 72207, or to any charity of one’s choice. To leave a message of condolence to the family please see our website at www.coxfuneral.com.