Rev. Wayne Glass officiated at the services. Burial followed in the Wadlington Cemetery in Trigg County.
Mr. Neel died on Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 2:28 p.m., at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, of natural causes.
Mr. Neel was born on August 28, 1953, in Morganfield, Ky. He was the son of the late Walden Curtis and Mary Jane Harvey Wadlington.
Mr. Neel was self-employed in the river industry; was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Paducah; was a member of Propeller Club; and a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paducah.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step father, Leroy Harvey; step father, Robert Leon Neel; and a sister, Dietta Louise Curtis.
Survivors include his wife, Melanie Hawn Neel of Paducah; four daughters and sons-in-law, Dietta and Larry Summers, Daria and Charles Bunyan and Karen and Chris Driver, all of Paducah, and Mary and Mike Ives of Benton; son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Melissa Chapman of Cyprus, Ky.; two sisters, Jenny Gonzales of Cadiz and Tracy Hein of Indiana; a brother, Robert Michael Neel of Paducah; and 14 grandchildren.
Melissa Chapman, vocalist, provided the music.
Serving as pallbearers were Dinky Thomas, Charlie Kennedy, Timmy P’Pool, Denzil P’Pool, Steve Wadlington, and Bobby Blane.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike Wilkerson, Scott Watkins, Louia Smith, Kevin Stokes, Chris Kriver, Mike Ives, and Jalen Ives.
Memorial contributions may be made to McCracken County Humane Society, 4000 Coleman Road, Paducah, KY 42001.