Otis O’Neal (88)

Norris City, Illinois
Birth: August 8, 1933
Death: June 18, 2022

Otis O’Neal, 88, of Norris City, Illinois, died Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois. He was born August 8, 1933, to Thurman and Aleen (Bryant) O’Neal. He married Carla Thompson on January 1, 1983, and she survives.

Otis was a United States Army veteran, and served during the Korean War. He attended Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in McLeansboro, Illinois. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing and bowling. Otis was an avid sports enthusiast and the Chicago Cubs were his favorite baseball team. He was a butcher by trade in Carmi and surrounding area, and he drove a school bus for the Carmi-White County schools. Spending time with his family was his favorite pastime.

Survivors include his wife Carla O’Neal of Norris City; son Larry (Sandy) O’Neal of Valley View, Texas; daughters Sherri (David) Gambrel of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Terri (Bret) Meredith of Carmi, Illinois, Angela Talley of Franklin, Tennessee; brothers Carl (Vada) O’Neal of Evansville, Indiana, Jerry (Sandy) O’Neal of Carmi, Rod (Glenda) O’Neal of Norris City; sister Sue Ferraro of Zionsville, Indiana; mother-in-law Doris Thompson of Norris City; brother-in-law Ted Davis of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister-in-law Lynn Callis of Norris City.

Also surviving are grandchildren Heather (Ty) Howard, Shannon (Adam) Black, Morgan Buelna, Anne (Justin) Buchanan, Kimberly (Brian) Herrell, Donnie (Kayla) Vines, Jr., Tara Morse, Ethan (Kelsey) Veatch, Journie Talley, Lucia Talley; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Otis is preceded in death by sisters Betty Boggs and Ida Davis; brother Dennis O’Neal; and infant brother Harrison O’Neal.

Visitation and funeral are Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 10 am, and funeral will follow at 12 noon. Burial with military rites will be in Plainview Cemetery near New Haven, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or memorials will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel, 101 Edgewood Lane, Carmi, IL 62821.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 10 am to noon
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 12 noon
Burial: Plainview Cemetery, New Haven, IL
Memorials: St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or c/o Cook Funeral Chapel, 101 Edgewood Lane, Carmi, IL 62821

5 thoughts on “Otis O’Neal”

  1. Otis was always a very warm and cheerful person to me. I know that he will be missed terribly by his family and friends.
    Losing a father / husband/ grandfather is always such a painful time. My deepest condolences to Carla, Sherry, Terry, and Larry. I’m praying for all of you.

  2. Janice Heriges

    Sherry and family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Janice Heriges

  3. My uncle always made me feel loved and I will miss hearing about my parents from him. He will be very missed by many

  4. Ron and I would like to extend our condolences to Larry, Sherri, Terri and all of their and Otis’ family. Ron has fond family memories of Otis and I of the years Otis worked with my Mother at Gambles grocery store. He always had a smile for us and a story to tell. We’re praying for your sorrow to be short and your memories long.

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