BELLEVILLE, Ill. — John Jerry Neel, 87, of Belleville, Ill., passed from this life suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at his home.

Born in Hornersville, Mo., to the late Andrew Jefferson and Nellie Cady Neel, he was a 1950 graduate of Canalou High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Following his military service, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas State University. Jerry was a retired property accountant for Ralston Purina Co. for over 30 years and was of the Baptist faith.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed following politics.

Survivors include seven cousins, Jackie Marion Adkerson, Jama Adkerson, both of Paragould, Jeffery Lawrence of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Connie Sue Atchison and Clarence Killian, both of Paragould, Kelsey Gibson of St. Charles, Mo., and Sarah Lawrence of Murray, Ky.; and aunt, Mary Price of Hazen.

He also leaves his very special friends, Brent and Ann Richardson of Belleville.

Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Horner Cemetery in Hornersville, Mo. Burial will be under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville.

Social distancing will be practiced at all times.