Mary Neal

Mary Neal

Mary Deaton Neal, 88 years old, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Born December 10, 1930 in Kershaw, SC, the daughter of the late J. Enoch and Effie Deaton.  She was predeceased by four brothers Earl, Calvin, William and Jack Deaton.

Mary and Ernest came to Myrtle Beach in 1955.  She loved Myrtle Beach and dedicated her service to making it a better home for all residents.  She spearheaded the community drive for air conditioning in the local schools, served on the board of the town’s first hospital, and raised funds for Chapin Library.  Mary owned and operated Mary’s Candle Cove in the Gay Dolphin for over twenty years and mentored many young people who worked for her.  She and Ernest were charter members of Ocean View Baptist Church and together they selflessly served their calling to help build a church on the north end of the beach.  Ocean View was their family and they made lifelong friends as they served God and shared His love.

Mary truly believed her life’s calling was to love, support and cherish her husband of 69 years.  Ernest was her childhood sweetheart and she dedicated herself to supporting his teaching and coaching career with Myrtle Beach schools.  She was always in the bleachers cheering on the Seahawks and made a scrapbook of Ernest’s coaching success.  They were a wonderful team and were much loved by local students.

Mary loved to play bridge and was involved in numerous card groups.  Time spent at the Dunes Club and Covenant Towers with her friends brought her great joy. 

Mary is survived by her husband, Ernest Neal; one daughter, Pamela Shaw (Kevin); two grandchildren, Lauren Shaw and Neal Shaw (Abigail); and one brother, Leroy Deaton of Aiken.  She loved all of her nieces and nephews and spending time at Deaton family gatherings.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Ocean View Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends following the service.  A private entombment service will be held at a later date in Southern Palms Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

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Patty Poorman Allen
Cary, NC
Created On: 02/19/2019 14:19:29

Pam, I was very saddened to hear that your mother passed away. I have wonderful memories of her and the times we spent at your house and at her candle shop when we were young. Wishing you and your family God's comfort and peace.

Melanie Moore Chestnut
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 02/11/2019 14:32:22

Hi Pam. I just wanted you to know how sorry I was to hear about your Mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Most Sincerely, Melanie Moore Chestunt

John Allen
Stafford, VA
Created On: 02/03/2019 16:12:57

My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Neal and family, and know Mary will be missed, but will continue on through the cherished memories of loved ones.

Glenn Bellamy
Decatur, GA
Created On: 02/02/2019 17:22:18

Our thoughts and prayers are with coach Neal and his family. He and Mary left a large footprint on Myrtle Beach and us students.

Vesta Urband
Created On: 02/02/2019 13:36:26

I am so sorry to hear the sad news. Mrs. Neal and Coach Neal were a big and happy part of my memories of high school. She was always there at games and very supportive. My condolences to Coach Neal and the family.

Randy & Patsy Jennings
Myrtle Beach SC
Created On: 02/02/2019 13:34:01

My sincere condolences to Coach Neil and the family. Hoping our prayers during these trying will comfort all friends and family. Coach Neil and Mary were some of the finest people I have known. It was my privilege to host the Coach & Mary at a few of our Seahawk Luncheons.

She will surely be missed by the Myrtle Beach High School Family as well as the coach and all of her many friends.

Jim Spann
Sanford, Florida
Created On: 02/02/2019 13:13:38

Coach Neal came to MB when my dad, Harry Spann was school superintendent. My dad thought so much of this young family and was always proud of how they participated together in contributing to the community. I was lucky enough to play under coach for 3 years and his tutoring certainly enhanced my athletic career. I lost my high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years and offer my strongest condolences and prayers. Know she is with our Lord, loving it and waiting to see us again.

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