Thomas Darrell McNeeseBy STAFF,
Thomas Darrell McNeese
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Hathorn Funeral Home for Thomas Darrell McNeese, 75, of Columbia, who died on Sunday, April 21 with his family by his side. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until the time of the services on Wednesday, April 24 at Hathorn Funeral Home.
Born to the late Darrell and Juanita McNeese on Aug. 19, 1943, in Columbia, he learned the meaning of integrity from a young age. Both parents were disabled when he was only 2 years old due to World War II and an accident adjacent to the war, which instilled in him a strong sense of honor, duty and work ethic above and beyond the norm.
He graduated from Columbia High School and continued on to earn a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. He met the love of his life, the late Judi Puckett McNeese, at Ole Miss. They married and he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate. The couple soon moved to Columbia, where he began a long and respected law career.
He was a devoted husband and father, prioritizing his family above all else throughout his life. He coached, hosted, hauled, cheered, followed and funded anything that furthered the well-being of his children and grandchildren and brought family closer together.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judi Puckett McNeese, and parents Darrell and Juanita Cranford McNeese.
Survivors include his two children, Kathy Potts (Michael) of Jackson and John McNeese (Heidi) of Columbia, and grandchildren, John Miles McNeese, Price McNeese, Sarah Crites, Laura Potts, Michael Potts Jr. and Jerrod Newson.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bunker Hill Baptist Church for the general ministry fund.
Hathorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.