Rickey Harold Neal of Marietta, GA died, unexpectedly, May 11, 2013 at his home at the age of 65. Services will be held 10:00am Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from the chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw.
Rickey had a 30+ year career in law enforcement, most of which was spent with the Georgia State Patrol. During his time with the State Patrol he was called upon to escort and protect domestic and foreign dignitaries and especially enjoyed escorting local football coaches and teams. His public service was preceded by stint in the military where he was a decorated combat veteran in the Vietnam War.
Rickey was an avid hunter, knife collector and "conversationalist". Rickey was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, soldier, trooper and friend.
Rickey was preceded in death by his father, Quentin Neal of Fairmount, GA and is survived by:
Jean Ann Neal wife Marietta, GA
Mary Lou Neal mother Ranger, GA
Heath Neal son Cartersville, GA
Beth Neal daughter in law
Eaiden Neal grandson
Eoin Neal grandson
Rhys Neal grandson
Brooke Louw daughter Acworth, GA
Andrew Louw son in law
Jackson Louw grandson
Asher Louw grandson
Skylar Louw granddaughter
Duff Boyd son Knoxville, TN
KeeYoung Boyd daughter in law
Bailey Boyd granddaughter
Sydney Boyd granddaughter
Carter Boyd grandson
Bart Boyd son Kennesaw, GA
Melissa Boyd daughter in law
McKenna Boyd granddaughter
Perrin Boyd granddaughter
Braedon Boyd grandson
Janie Lambert sister Ranger, GA
Butch Lambert brother in law
Waylan Lambert nephew
Jessica Lambert niece
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 6pm until 9pm at the funeral home.
Donations have been requested to the Wounded Warrior Fund in Rickey's honor.