OWENSBORO, KY - Rev. Norman T. O’Neal, Sr., 93, of Owensboro, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Owensboro Medical Health System in hospice care.
He was born in Scottsville, Kentucky to the late Joseph Wesley and Virgie L. O’Neal.
Norman served in the U.S. Army Air Corp and in the last Army Cavalry Mule Supply Unit during World War II.
He graduated from Petroleum High School in 1936 and attended Western Kentucky University, earned an A.A. degree from Lindsey Wilson College, graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College with a B.A. in 1952 and graduated from Asbury Seminary in 1953.
Norman served faithfully for 63 years as a pastor for the United Methodist Church throughout the state of Kentucky. He retired three times and finished at Reed Kentucky Community Church. He continued to do part time pastoral work until his recent illness. He was a 50 year member of the Masons having most recently a member of the Stanley Lodge F & AM. Norman was also a Kentucky Colonel and had been a member of Lion’s Club.
He was an active bowler in the Owensboro Ministers’ and Senior Bowling Leagues. He loved to fish, do puzzles and read western novels.
Norman was preceded in death by a son, Donny J. O’Neal and five siblings.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years Sylvia O’Neal; two sons, Norman T. O’Neal, Jr. and his wife, Barbara of Bowling Green, KY and Joe “Joey” O’Neal of Owensboro/Bowling Green, KY; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. The Rev. Dr. Glenn Sowards will officiate. The visitation will be on Tuesday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Wednesday from 1:00 pm until service time at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Owensboro Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Western Kentucky Memorial Fund 3419 Wathen’s Crossing Owensboro, KY 42301.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving and dedicated care provided by the OMHS fifth floor and ICU staff as well as the Oncology wing and Hospice of Western Kentucky Staff.
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