Neal, John Roland, Sr.
Birth: Saturday, March 20, 1937
Residence: Bryans Road, MD
Death: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
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John Roland Neal, Sr. was called to eternal rest on March 31, 2022, peacefully at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Roland was born on March 20, 1937, in Dentsville, MD to the late Mary Theresa (Boarman) Neale and Joseph Sidney Neale. He was the fourteenth of sixteen children.
Roland was a life-long resident of Charles County and moved to Bryans Road in 1967. He was educated in the Charles County Public School System. Roland worked on the family farm prior to entering the construction industry. He worked many years for the Galantines and W. T. Hinton and became a heavy equipment operator in 1962. Then, he started his own company, Neal Excavating in 1980 and remained self-employed until his retirement in 2019. Roland was passionate about running his bulldozer and hauling loads for his clients. He was so dedicated that he would work sunup, to sundown, and would even finish jobs by using the lights on the bulldozer if inclement weather was expected.
He loved dancing, spending time with family and friends, and telling many jokes!
In addition to his parents, Roland was preceded in death by his son, Tyrone Neal; six sisters, Evelyn Neale, Alice Woodland, Mary Plater, Mary "Catherine" Henderson, Mary "Gertrude" Brown, and Elsie Hawkins; six brothers, Charles, James 'Gabby", Joseph, Sidney "Big Sid", George and Clinton.
Roland leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Delores, his children, Patricia "Eileen" Donaldson, John "Roland" Neal, Jr. (Vivian), and Vanita Kelley (Patrick), grandchildren, Ashley Donaldson, Nicholas Donaldson, Tyrone Neal II, Tynae Neal, Jharray Neal, Javonte Neal, Jaiden Neal, and Devin Kelley; Great grandchildren, Liam Neal and Italy Neal; and Andre Mathis, who was like a son, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Viewing, 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Prayer 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in the Chapel of Thornton Funeral Home P.A.,
And on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Viewing, 10:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church Bryantown, Maryland. Interment Church Cemetery.