The family of Brother Ronnie McNeil, in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the McNeil family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.
Brother Ronnie McNeil was 67, and departed this life on Friday May 1, 2020 in Florence Count. He was the father of Rodney McNeil, Miranda McNeil, Latreena McLeod. You may visit the family at 9225 Hwy. 9 Gresham.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel on Sunday May 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm. He will be laid to rest in the Soul Chapel AME Church Cemetery, Gresham. The family will provide a guest list of 50 people or less.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…” II Timothy 4:7 KJV
Ronnie affectionately known as “Payback” and (Grasshopper) McNeil, was born on July 9, 1952 in the Friendfield Community of Florence County, South Carolina. He was the youngest son of the late Mr. John Spencer McNeil and Mrs. Bertha Gibbs McNeil. Ronnie (Payback) departed this life on Friday, May 1, 2020 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC.
Ronnie attended Hannah-Pamplico High School in Pamplico, SC. After high school, Payback worked at Wellman Industries in Johnsonville, SC for several years. After leaving Wellman Industries, Payback decided he wanted to become a truck driver. He drove trucks for over 30 years where he was employed with several trucking companies. The last trucking company Payback was employed by was Palmetto Turf of Effingham, SC where his CB handle was “Grasshopper”. Payback was instrumental in teaching family, friends and others how to drive 18-wheeler semi-trucks. To some, he was considered the “Best of the Best” and to others, he was a “Legend” when it came to driving a truck.
At an early age, Payback was baptized and joined Aimwell Baptist Church in Pamplico, SC, under the leadership of Rev. J. L. Brooks.
Payback lived life to the fullest. To know him was to love him. He would always keep you laughing and cracking up.
Payback married the love of his life, which preceded him in death, Mrs. Annie Joe Eaddy McNeil. Payback was the proud father of four children. He leaves to cherish fond and loving memories to one son and three daughters: Mr. Rodney McNeil of Rockhill, SC, Ms. Miranda McNeil of Beaufort, SC, Ms. Latrina McLeod of Atlanta, GA, and one daughter whom preceded him in death, Mrs. Olanda (Jerome) Foxworth of Gresham, SC. In addition to his parents, Payback was preceded in death by his three brothers; Fred Arthur McNeil, Johnny (Sunny) McNeil, and Hugh Spencer McNeil, two sisters; Janie Mae Cain and Betty Gregg Frieson.
In addition to his Kids, Payback leaves to cherish his memories are one sister, Mrs. Myra (Franklin) Cockfield of Florence, SC, a very devoted and loving niece, Ms. Latonya McNeil, Florence, SC, three sister-in-laws, Mrs. Earnestine Kennedy, Gresham, SC, Mrs. Mary-Frances Eaddy, Gresham, SC and Mrs. Annie Dora McNeil, Pompano Beach, Florida, four brother-in-laws, Mr. Frank Cockfield, Florence, SC, Mr. Emanuel Eaddy, Baltimore, MD, Mr. Willie Frieson, Coward SC, and Mr. Robert Lee Woodberry, Britton’s Neck, SC. Two uncles: Mr. Andrew Gibbs, Orangeburg, SC, and Mr. John Henry Brown, Kingsburg, SC; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.
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