from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky
Friday, October 13, 1911
Mrs. J. L. Neal Peacefully Passes Away at Her Home Sunday Morning
Mrs. Sue H. Neal, wife of Mr. James L. Neal, died Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock, after a long illness. She was born July 17, 1832, and was educated at Greenville Institute and at Daughters College. For half a century she has been a devoted, zealous member of the Christian Church and has in her life eminently illustrated the cardinal Christian Graces, Faith, Hope, Love. Those who knew her felt the charm of her beautiful character and sweet presence. On June 7, 1866, she and Mr. James L. Neal were married by Rev. Elisha Pinkerton, and during forty-six years of blissful married life a rare devotion between two happily mated souls followed, never marred by a cross word. Mr. Neal joined the same church under the preaching of the Rev. John M. Gano in the year 1854 and they felt a bond of sympathy in zealous church work. Mr. Neal was for years Curator of Kentucky University and afterwards Trustee of the Bible College, Lexington, Kentucky. Until about nine years ago they lived at the old ancestral homestead six miles north of here, which Mrs. Neal’s father, David W. Thompson, inherited from the pioneer, David Williams, and here was dispensed a generous hospitality. Since 1902 they have lived in their home on College Street, where funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock by Rev. W. H. Smith assisted by Rev. M. V. P. Yeamen. The interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery. She is survived by her husband and by a brother, Mr. C. D. Thompson. Two brothers, William and David and a sister, Mrs. Lucy Thompson Anderson, have preceded her into the Beyond. Many friends of this influential couple mourn her loss and sympathize with the bereaved husband, who walks in the shades of sorrow since the light of her presence has been taken away.