Russell Leslie O’Neal
Russell Leslie O’Neal, age 84, of Lexington, Texas passed away peacefully at Country Care Plex, Giddings, Texas on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. A native of Franklin County, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Earl Clifton and Jewell Shetterly O’Neal. In addition to his parents, a loving wife of 67 years Ila Mae Wilson O’Neal, brothers Earl Clifton O’Neal, and Argus Arvene O’Neal preceded him in death.
He graduated from Branch (County Line) High School and served in the U.S. Navy. Following his service in the Navy, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for one year before moving to the Texas Gulf coast and beginning a career as a Chemical Operator at Union Carbide. Upon his retirement from Carbide he moved to his ranch in Lexington, Texas and continued his love of raising Charolais cattle and Coastal Bermuda hay.
He is survived by his brother E.C. O’Neal and wife Katy, daughters N. Eileen Merryman and husband John, Leslie Kay Brazzil and husband Mark and son Russell Eric O’Neal and wife Cheryl, granddaughters Amiee O’Neal, and April O’Neal, grandsons Austin O’Neal, Will Brazzil and Caleb Brazzil, and seven great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Hope Cemetery Fund @ Jimmy O’Neal, 11008 Turkey Knob Road, Branch, Arkansas 72928 or Aseracare Hospice 1015 Main Street Bastrop, Texas 78602.
Graveside services were held at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Saturday, February 6, 2010.