Born Feb. 22, 1941, in Cheshire, he was the son of the late Morris Rucker Neal and the late Mary Jane Rothgeb Neal.
A graduate of Cheshire High School and Rio Grande College, Jim worked for the Western and Southern Insurance Company, retiring after 25 years of service. He was a lifelong member of the Cheshire Baptist Church, and was a member of the Cheshire Village Council for several years.
Jim was a member of the following Masonic Organizations: Siloam Masonic Lodge # 456 in Cheshire, where he served as secretary for many years, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Temple Shrine and the Gallipolis Shrine Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a maternal aunt, Betty Rothgeb Evans, and by several other aunts and uncles.
He is survived by an aunt, Verla Myers of Bidwell, great uncle, Delmar “Bo” Rothgeb of Pomeroy and several cousins.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Little and Rev. Steve Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Masonic Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home by Siloam Masonic Lodge. Pall bearers will be: Jon Rothgeb, Carl Myers, David Evans, Heath Rothgeb, Richard Russell, and Rick McFann.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Crippled or Burned Children, 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3095, or to the charity of your choice in Jim’s memory. To send condolences, visit www.timeformemory.com/whw.