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J. Neal Scurlock

8/30/1931 - 7/11/2018

PEKIN - Junior Neal Scurlock, our family’s patriarch, known to his family and friends as Neal, passed away peacefully July 11, 2018 surrounded by love and family.  Neal was born in Long Lane, Missouri on August 30, 1931 to Charles Rudolf and Nellie Mae (Thomson) Scurlock.  He was the eldest of their four children.  Neal was preceded in death by his parents; sister Neda Stice; brothers Vernon Scurlock and Bobbie Scurlock and a nephew, Larry Stice.

He is survived by children, Cathy (Ralph) Brown, Rebecca (Terry) Gould, Sheila (Pat) Miller, Robert Scurlock (Val) and nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. 

Neal grew up in Windyville, Missouri in a farming family.  He graduated from Long Lane High School with high honors and played on the basketball team. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne. 

On April 1, 1956, he married Rev. Betty (Parke) Hornback. He later married Joycelynn Sheeler. 

Neal was a proud Journeyman union member of Bakers & Confectionery Local 19, working at Interstate Brands/Butternut Bread in Peoria.  He was a hardworking man focused on bettering his children’s lives.  When his children were young, Neal worked two years full time simultaneously at the bakery and at Caterpillar in East Peoria.  He enjoyed twenty-five years of retirement with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Fishing was a passion Neal shared with his family.  Many family summers were enjoyed in Chetek, Wisconsin at the lake cabin Neal built.  Prior to building the house in Wisconsin, Neal built and enjoyed two lake homes in Spring Lake.  He was an avid reader and learned all his carpentry skills on his own through reading a series of books on how to build a house. 

We will honor Neal’s memory on Saturday, July 14th with a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Preston Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Chuck Wilcox will officiate. There will be no visitation prior to services. Military rites will be provided by the U.S. Army and Tazewell Military Rites Team.

He will be carried to his final resting place at Woodrow Cemetery in Pekin at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 or Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 64114.

In life, Neal shined as a guiding light for his family.  He will now be their night star above continuing to shine guiding light upon his family. 

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