The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 5, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, July 5, 2013


Lemuel ‘L.R.’ Lester

Lemuel “L.R.” Lester, 50, of Beckley, formerly of Pineville, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Lester family.

J. Moffett McNeel Jr.

HILLSBORO — Jacob Moffett “Mac” McNeel Jr., age 85, of Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born May 22, 1928, at Hillsboro, he was a son of the late Jacob Moffett McNeel Sr. and Rachel Ann Edgar McNeel.

Moffett was a graduate of Hillsboro High School, a farmer and an active member of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

He married Elma Virginia Cutlip on May 27, 1949, and the couple farmed, side-by-side, until her death on January 9, 2009.

Moffett was a Lay Speaker for Presbyterian churches, served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session and choir member at Oak Grove, was past-moderator of the Greenbrier Presbytery and served for eight years on the Presbytery of West Virginia’s Committee on Ministry.

Moffett once said, “If there is a profession more dependent on God than farming, I don’t know what it would be.”

As a young man, he was afforded the opportunity to travel to Chicago on two occasions for national competitions. His most prized possession was his first award — a gold watch — which he received as the State Meat Animal Winner in 1946. He was the winner of the 1949 4-H Sheep Shearing competition, and returned to Chicago to attend the National Club Congress. Thus began a lifetime of service and awards.

He and Elma were leaders for the Pep-to-Win 4-H Club which later became the Little Levels 4-H Club. They hosted hundreds, if not thousands, of children through an annual Farm Tour for second- and eighth-graders.

Moffett was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame in July 2010.

He was a director of the Lewisburg and Roanoke Farm Credit for 35 years, serving as president for two years. He was a WV 4-H All Star, past member and President of the Pocahontas County Board of Education, and was serving as a director of Farmers Home Fire Insurance and member and chairman of Pocahontas County Landmarks Commission. He was also a member of the Pocahontas County Historical Society.

Working together, the couple received many honors and distinctions: 1956 County Winner Farming for Better Living; 1960 Regional Winner Farming for Better Living; 1968 Grand Sweepstakes Winner Farming for Better Living; President of the Pocahontas County Farm Bureau, serving as Secretary-Treasurer for 35 years; President of the Pocahontas County 4-H Foundation for 35 years; Director of West Virginia Farm Bureau; 1987 State Soil and Water Conservation Winner; 1988 Bringing Honor and Recognition to the State of West Virginia; 1996 West Virginia Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award; and 1997 4-H Faithful Heritage Winner at the West Virginia State Fair; and vice chairman of the Pocahontas Historic Landmarks Commission for 20 years.

Moffett’s work ethic set an example, his love of family knew no bounds, his commitment to the community was inexhaustible and his faith made him strong.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Edgar McNeel; and two sisters, Mary Lydia McNeel Hilleary and Nancy Penick McNeel Edwards.

Moffett is survived by four sons, Donald McNeel, and wife, Karen, of Hillsboro, Dr. Jacob McNeel, and wife, Donna, of Beckley, Dr. Allan McNeel, and wife, Sabrina, of Winfield, and Charles McNeel, and wife, Darlene, of Beckley; 10 grandchildren, Chris, and wife, Nikki, Ruthana, and husband, Ken, Ben, and wife, Abigail, David, and wife, Ann, Brian, Jason, Kevin, Richie, Kristin and Rachel; nine great-grandchildren, Chaz, Reese, Cortland, Cara, Silas, Eli, JR, Kyleigh and Ivan; sister-in-law, Madeline Lee Marcum McNeel, of Hillsboro; brother-in-law, Dr. Randall Cutlip, and wife, Peggy, of Ames, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 6, at 1 p.m. at the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro with the Rev. Cameron Harkness officiating.

Inurnment in the Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro, WV 24956.

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