Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Rev. James W. McNeil

09/23/1920 - 02/04/2018

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A wake service will be held, 6pm-8pm, Friday, February 9, 2018 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Portsmouth Boulevard.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Saturday, February 10, 2018
New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
1765 S. Military Highway Chesapeake VA

Interment Information


At age 97, God rewarded Reverend James W. McNeil, also known as “Poor Boy McNeil” on February 4th, 2018. “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” He was born in Parkton, N.C. on September 23, 1920 to Patrick McNeil and Janie May Armstrong, both deceased. He was married to Yvonne Celia McNeil for 3 years before his passing. Reverend James McNeil was a dedicated and faithful member of New Mt. Zion Church of God Holiness for about 62 years. He served in many capacities; from minister, member of the mass choir, teacher of Sunday school class #6, coordinator and distributer of donations to local food bank, finance committee, and trustee. He was not only faithful to his church, but to his community as well. Reverend McNeil served as President of Southside Civic League, Board member of Bank of Hampton Roads, and Treasurer of the STOP Organization. He was employed and retired from the Norfolk Naval Base. He was an entrepreneur, owning and operating McNeil’s Bus Service for many years. On September 25, 2013, because of his attributes and dedicated service to the Southside Chesapeake community, the Civic League decided to rename the Cascade Park to the James W. McNeil Park. He was well loved and respected by Chesapeake residents and was even given an honorary sheriff’s badge. He will definitely be remembered as a humanitarian, persistent and patient, brave and committed, and most importantly, a GOD fearing man. Survived to cherish his memories, his wife, Yvonne C. McNeil, three nephews, John McNeil (Regiena), Anthony McNeil, and Terrence McNeil, four nieces Linda McNeil Phelps (Lamont), Norma McNeil, Jameszina McNeil, and SheaRa McNeil, one daughter Queenie Powell, one grandson Charles Powell (Trudy), and one goddaughter, Melanie Harding (William). Some of his favorite sayings that will never be forgotten include: “I ain’t nothing but the dust of the earth,” “I’m just a bubble on the water,” and “I’m nothing but a rag mop”

George & Pamela Easter Our condolences to the Family of Rev. James McNeil. He was such a blessing to us daily safely transporting us to and from work . In his words “God’s been good to you” is a true statement because to have such a man of God in your lives is truly a blessing, as he was to us. The Easter Family
Posted: 2/9/2018
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Imam Hosea and Dr. Hajirah Abdus-Salaam Greetings of Peace McNeil Family, May the Peace and Blessing of G'd Be With You! We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and Pray that the gates of heaven are ready to receive this good servant of G'd. He served his family and community well. He was a friend to the Muslim Community and we will always be grateful for his friendship. Ameen Imam Hosea & Dr. Hajirah Abdus-Salaam & Family
Posted: 2/8/2018
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Charles & Trudy Powell Chicago, IL Granddaddy- “Poor Boy” - The “Lord has been Good To You”. “Nothing but a “RagMop” A Man Rich in Faith never to hide his love, commitment, and devotion reference the Blood of Jesus. Love ya, in peace! Grandson Charles
Posted: 2/8/2018
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