Obituary and funeral service: Devonne Joseph Neal, Sr. 46, of Monroe

With deepest sorrow, we announce that Devonne Joseph Neal, Sr., age 46, of Monroe, Georgia, our most beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, family member and friend passed suddenly on Friday, June 25, 2021 while at home. 

Those who knew Devonne, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Devonne was born on July 15, 1974. Devonne was raised in Queens, New York. Most importantly, Devonne had a deep love for his family, and cherished the time they would spend together playing practical jokes on each other and enjoying family time. 

You could always catch him telling some sort of joke or making up a rhyme to bring laughter and light to any situation. 

Devonne was also an avid basketball player. His “swift” moves and team playing on the court exemplified his winning mentality. Devonne wanted to be “just like Mike.” 

Devonne was also a protector. He grew up in a house filled with women and when his grandfather, Leonard Jackson was at work, he swiftly took the duties of being the man of the house to ensure all of the family was safe and assisted them in any way that he could. 

He was a Mechanic working at the Gwinnett County Yellow River Water Reclamation Center through the Gwinnett County Water Department. Devonne enjoyed fishing with his kids, taking family vacations and completing small tasks around the house. He spent his time with his family and cherished the simple things in life. He will be deeply missed by his family. 

Devonne leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of twenty years, Melissa Neal; five children, Devonne Joseph Neal, Jr., Jaden Neal, Skylan Neal, Maddox Neal and Livia Neal; mother, Janice Jackson of Buckhead, GA; sisters, Kristin Scott, Jenay Fortune and Danielle Scott all of Buckhead, GA, Kristen Walcott and Taylor Neal both of Stone Mountain, GA; brothers, Jamel Parris of Buckhead, GA, Matthew Neal and Zachary Neal both of Stone Mountain, GA; maternal grandmother, Livia Jackson of Palm Bay, FL; step-mother, Cheryl Jeremiah of Stone Mountain, GA; mother-in-law, Elisabeth and Robby Hughes of Braselton, GA; father-in-law, Larry and Peggy Thomas of Snellville, GA; sisters-in-law, Jessica Mason of Cumming, GA, Jennifer Kilgore of Loganville, GA and Lindsey Hughes of Lexington, SC; brother-in-law, Chris Hughes of Braselton, GA; nieces, Khloe Scott and Deyana Hannah both of Buckhead, GA; aunts & uncles, Monique Burke & Anthony Burke of Palm Bay, FL, Trudy Jones & Wayne Jones of San Diego, CA, Florence Crockett & Sterling Crockett of Palm Bay, FL, Clare Jackson, Ann Jackson and Joan Jackson all of Palm Bay, FL, Althea Sealy & Curtis Sealy and Christine Jackson all of Queens, NY; Perry Neal and Deborah Neal, David Neal and Carol Neal, Howard Neal and Orchid Neal, Edith Neal; cousins, Kyla, Jacob Burke both of Palm Bay, FL, Lynda, Curtis, Matthew Sealy all of Queens, NY, Demetri, Andrew Jackson both of Queens, NY, Wayne, Christopher Jones both of San Diego, CA, Nicole Fisher, Christina, Niamani, Ricardo, Charles Morrison all of Queens, NY; other relatives and friends. Devonne was preceded in death by his father, Herman Neal. 

Due to COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our families and guest that we serve. We also ask all family members and guests attending the visitation and service to please continue social distancing and if desired to bring and wear a mask. 

A Service Honoring the Life of Devonne Neal will be held Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to P4 Childhood Cancer Foundation – Kids Deserve a Fighting Chance at or Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1775 The Exchange SE, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30339 (770-916-9474) in memory of Devonne J. Neal, Sr. A Private interment will be held the week after the July 4th Holiday with Devonne being laid to rest with his daughter, Jasmine Monique Neal. 

Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, A Family Company, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Reposted courtesy of Wages Funeral Home.

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