Olive Jean Neal of Van Buren passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at a local hospital. She was a retired school teacher with a master’s degree in education for the Van Buren Public School System. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren, Chapter P.E.O Sisterhood, Van Buren Garden Gate Club, Kappa Kappa Ioata Sorority and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grey Andrew (Andy) Neal; two brothers, Robert C. (Buddy) and Harold (Red) Lobdill; and two sisters, Pauline Brown and Lorene Lobdill.
She is survived by one daughter, Andra Jean Bercher and her husband Kim of Fort Smith; one son, Andy Neal Jr. and his wife Joann of Van Buren; three grandchildren Lauren Appleby and her husband Matt of Dallas, Heath Bercher of Bentonville and Jennifer Brammer and her husband Michael of Van Buren; five great-grandchildren, Christian and Sterling Appleby and Breck, Brush and Olive Brinn Brammer; and six nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with the Rev. Bryan Bond officiating. Burial will be at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Brammer, Jerry Jones, Matt Appleby, Heath Bercher, Dr. Phillip Morton and Barry Morton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Van Buren First Presbyterian Church, 108 S, 10th St., Van Buren, AR 72956 or Sebastian County Humane Society, 3800 Kelley Highway, Fort Smith, AR 72904.