Robert Albert "Bobby" O'Neal, 79, of 9400 Applewhite Road passed away April 24, 2013 at Wake Med. Bobby was born June 9, 1933 in Johnston County to the late Eugene O'Neal and Robelia Whitley O'Neal. A devoted husband of 60 years and selfless father, Bobby's love for his family knew no bounds. He never missed an opportunity to tell them how much he loved them and never wavered in his support and belief in them. Bobby never met a stranger and was a trusted friend to many. He was someone who had your back, who didn't judge, and would lend a hand expecting nothing in return. He loved fishing, fishing and more fishing, babies, banjo music, playing practical jokes, and helping his fellow man. He will be missed beyond measure, but his legacy of love will live forever.
Funeral Service: 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Baptist Tabernacle Church, 1599 NC Hwy 231, Wendell, NC 27591 with Reverend Glen Brock and Reverend Bobby Richardson officiating.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 to 2:45 pm prior to the service at the church and other times at the home.
Burial: Richardson Family Cemetery, Corner of Price-Hocutt and Applewhite Road, Wendell, NC
Surviving are: wife Jean Richardson O'Neal; daughters Pamela Batten and husband Wayne of Burgaw, Sharon Hocutt and husband Johnny of Wendell, Amy Butler and husband John of Raleigh; daughter-In-law Scarlette Harris O'Neal of Wendell; siblings Pearl O'Neal of Zebulon, Charles O'Neal of Harkers Island, Imogene Wilson of Smithfield, Lynwood O'Neal of Zebulon, Carolyn Gower of Wilson Mills; grandchildren Robbie Batten (Nicole), Justin O'Neal, Anna Koger, Trey Poole, Sarah O'Neal, John, Josh and Jason Hocutt, Meredith Johnson, and Jennifer Butler;
and great-grandson Blaize Batten.
In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lee O'Neal; a brother, Billy Wayne O'Neal; sisters, Linda Lou Whitaker, Shirley Crockett and Mary Creech Andrews; his in-laws, John R. and Anah Lee Richardson; and a son-in-law, Louis E. Poole.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Tabernacle Building Fund, 1599 NC Hwy 231, Wendell, NC 27591.
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.