Neal Conder, 94, of Powderly passed away Thursday June 21, 2019 at Stillhouse Rehabilitation and Health Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday June 23 at the Gospel Lighthouse in Powderly with Rev. Chris Kelley officiating. Burial will follow at Long Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the church 1 hour prior to service time from 2-3 p.m.
Neal was born December 30, 1926 in Paris a son of Robert Hoyle and Nannie Myrtle Saffell Conder.
Neal attended Paris High School until 10th grade when he joined the Navy. He was under age and his mother had to sign for him. When the war ended he was in Normandy, OK training to be a tail gunner on Navy fighter planes. Neal worked at a number of jobs; Paris Bottling Company, DeKalb Hatcheries, Valley Feed Mill, and Babcock and Wilcox. In the early 60’s he went to work at the Lamar Electric Co-op (REA as most people remember) and spent the next 32 years as a lineman and serviceman.
He married Jonell Thompson on June 26, 1949. In five days they would have celebrated 70 years of marriage. On their honeymoon they went to Nashville where they saw the legendary Hank Williams perform on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. They lived on their original home place in Powderly all of their married life. Neal attended Bounds Baptist Church in Powderly where he served at deacon for 35 years and in later years he attended the Gospel Lighthouse in Powderly.
Neal loved the outdoors and after his retirement from REA, he spent many hours working on his farm where he was known for taking care of God’s world. By today’s standards, he lived a simple life. Those who knew him, knew that he didn’t change much, no matter how much the world around him changed. He loved God, his family and his friends and he was proud to be an American. He was strong and steady and he will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother James Conder and a Grandson Jeffrey Conder.
Neal is survived by his wife of almost 70 years Jonell Conder; children David Conder and wife Phyllis, Bruce Conder and wife Rita; grandchildren, Angela Crawford and husband Drew, Drew Conder and wife Stacy, Carmen Holmes and husband Dean; great grandchildren, Cord Crawford, Alivia Crawford, Alex Crawford, Addison Conder, Garrett Conder, Ethan Holmes and Sadie Holmes.
Pallbearers will be Drew Conder, Garrett Conder, Drew Crawford, Cord Crawford, Wade Niblett, Lonny Moore, and honorary pallbearer Dean Holmes.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Stillhouse and On-Call Hospice for their care and love during this time.
If desired donations may be made to the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial at 1025 S. Collegiate. Paris, Texas.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.