Neal Watson Huntley, 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, following a period of declining health.
Born in Raleigh, Neal grew up in Cameron Park, attended Raleigh public schools, graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in philosophy and religion, had a career that included CP&L/Duke Energy, and was a choir member and deacon of White Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Remarkable for his quick wit and love of music, Neal delighted in family times at Ocean Isle Beach where he had spent many days and nights since 1955. As a young man, he developed an interest in photography, continuing to document family and friends for many years.
Neal was a member of a large loving family, both immediate and extended. Survivors include his mother Virginia Rea Huntley; sister Nancy R. Huntley and her daughter Hannah Whitley; brother Roy H. Huntley and his wife Ann and their children Ginnie, Harry, and Johnny Huntley; brother Wilson C. Huntley and his wife Tracy and their children Allan (and wife Tara), Reid (and wife Ale), Mary (and husband Brad Fogleman), Natalie, and Judy Huntley; and brother George G. Huntley and his wife Emilia and their children Sam, Aaron, and David Huntley.
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Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends, all of them his favorites. Neal enjoyed keeping up with and encouraging them as well as planning get-togethers that always featured his mother’s homemade pimento cheese and old-time hymns and rock-and-roll.
Neal was predeceased by his father Watt C. Huntley, Jr., and by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Zeb M. Rea of Matthews, and Mr. and Mrs. Watt C. Huntley of Wadesboro.
A service to celebrate Neal’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1:00 pm at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service at White Memorial in Pickard Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh. Condolences may be made through brownwynne.com