Joe Neal Pelfrey went to heaven December 9, 2020, after a brief heart illness, he did not die of COVID.
He entered the place that Jesus has prepared for all of us who believe in Him. A beautiful place where there is no more sickness, no more COVID, no more worries, sorrows, or death. Someday we will be united again!
Neal will be buried at the foot of his beloved daughter, Tasha’s grave after his body is cremated per his request.
Tasha died on February 19, 1985, just before her 10th birthday from a childhood cancer.
Because of COVID, Neal’s body still isn’t ready for burial. But when it is, there will be a small gathering of immediate family at the grave site with Reverend Jon Sharpe presiding over the ceremony. The U.S. Army will conduct the flag folding ceremony.
Joe Neal Pelfrey was born November 16, 1952, to Joe Mervin Pelfrey and Joyce Richardson Pelfrey in Littlefield.
His early years were spent on the farm in Whitharral and then moving around to several states before returning home to the farm in Whitharral in the sixth grade.
Mervin and Neal ran a welding business at Whitharral until Neal joined the Army in 1973, where he served as a medic.
He married Cynthia Cawthon February 12, 1974.
They made their home in Littlefield where they became the proud parents of Tasha Jade on April 13, 1975, and Christopher Neal on January 11, 1977.
Neal had a big smile and the charm to go with it. He enjoyed people!
Swapping stories and telling jokes while playing a rip roaring game of dominos. Or you might find him tearing up the dance floor to little brother Randy’s country and western band.
But golf was a passion that surpassed most things Neal loved to do. He leaves behind a large brotherhood of golfing buddies.
Neal is survived by his fiancé, Rebecca Malaney of Denison; his son, Chris Pelfrey of San Angelo; brother, Randy Pelfrey of Sherman; and sisters: Kathy Roberts (Mike) of Levelland, Beth Batman (Harrison) of Oklahoma City, Charlotte Bryant (Willie) of Littlefield, Stacy Rogers (Randy) of Lubbock, Joy Dawn McInroe (Travis) of Mt. Pleasant and Sally Calahan (Steve Slaughter) of Cleburne; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Neal was preceded in death by his daughter, Tasha; his parents; his step-dad, C.R. Roberts; his grandparents; and many other loved ones.
In lieu of flowers, one may donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.