Mrs. Kathy Gulledge, 50, of Ozark, died Friday evening, July 29, 2001 in Flowers Hospital, Dothan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from St. John's Catholic Church with Father Chuck McCabe officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Mrs. Gulledge was born in Portales, New Mexico February 13, 1952. In later years she lived in the State of Michigan with her husband who was employed with General Motors. Later they moved to Ozark. In Ozark she was employeu by the Ozark Nursing Facility where she worked in the dietary department until her illness in 1999. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Ozark.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis Gulledge, Route 6, Ozark; two daughters, Terina Gulledge of Ozark, and Dorinda Gulledge of North Carolina; three sons, Richard Gulledge and his wife Juliet of Pontiac, Michigan, John Keith Gulledge and his wife Karen of Apopka, Florida, Robin Gulledge and his wife Regina of Ozark; mother, Isabella Orich of Pontiac, Michigan; two sisters, Colleen Walker of Columbia, Tennessee, Theresa Penterbridge of Clarkston, Michigan; one brother, Bill Barnhardt of Portheron, Michigan; 18 grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Inella Matthews, 98, a resident of Ozark, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at her residence.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church on Hull Street in Ozark. The pastor will officiate. Trawick Funeral Home will direct.
Ret. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Edward Ayers Sr., 53, of Ozark, died Friday, July 20, 2001.
Memorial services will be 3:30 p.m. today at the Woodlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum with Fudua-Bankston Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Ayers was retired from the U.S. Army with 21 years of service, including two tours in the Vietnam war. Since his retirement, he has worked with numerous government contractors, accomplishing 16 years with DynCorp as an aircraft armament technician.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Gladys J. Ayers.
Survivors include his wife, Orliene Ayers, Ozark; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa D. and Michael Thomas, Ft. Riley
Kansas; step-daughter, Heather Ellis, San Diego, Calif; son, Michael E. Ayers, Jr., Shepherdville, Ky.; two step-sons, Robert Reeves, Ozark, Michael Reeves, Phenix City; father, Harold F. Ayers, Sr., Ozark; sister, Sherry D. Ayers, Ozark; three brothers, Harold F. Ayers, Jr., Woodstock, Ga.; Christopher A. Ayers, Woodstock, Ga.; Scott D. Ayers, Montgomery; four grandchildren, Dustin, Mikie, Colby, Joshua, numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Arnold Fischer Jr.,78, died Thursday evening, July 19, 2001, in Ozark Nursing Facility following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Holman Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Bill Hix officiating. Interment will be in Ariton City Cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be in the funeral home parlor from 1 p.m. today until service time at 2 p.m., with the family receiving friends during this hour.
Mr. Fischer was a native of Autauga County, Alabama, and a lifelong member of Vine Hill Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lela Fischer, Ozark one stepdaughter and son in-law, Marilyn and Wilton Thompson, Ozark; one step-son and daughter-in-law Lee and Betty Garner, Selma four grandchildren, Paige Everett and her husband Steve, Allison Graves and her husband, George Heather Rish and her husband, Jay, and Ivy Thompson; one sister, Mary Wimberly, Lynn Haven, Florida nine great grandchildren several nieces and nephew also survive.
Mr. James C. (Tomato Man) Miller, 75, of Route 1, Ozark, died in Dale Medical Center, Thursday morning, July 19, 2001.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene E. Hardy officiating. Burial will be tn the Midland City Cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by a son, William (Pete) Carlos Miller in 1994.
Mr. Miller was born in Dale County, Ala., on Nov. 21, 1925. He retired from Avondale Mills. For the last years of his life, he sold produce at the intersection of Highway 105 and Roy Parker Road in Ozark. He was affectionately known as the Tomato Man.
Survivors: James Whatley of Florida, Dorothy Carr and Mike Odom of Elba; Ida and Merle Brewster of Enterprise; Pauline Miller of Enterprise; Ricky and Teri Miller of New Brockton; Teresa and Tom Hughes of Enterprise; the mother of his children and dear friend, Sybil Schroder of Enterprise; grandchildren, Pam and Brad Smith, Lee Brewster, Renee and Danny Falkoff, Randy and Jennifer Brewster, Tina Carr, Shelia and John Lindsey, Kelly lngram, William J. Miller, Justin Odom, Melinda Miller, Amy Hill, Shawn Hughes, Rodney Miller; and 13 great-grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Jimmy Ray Peters, 55, of 138 Parker Drive, Midland City; died Wednesday July 18, 2001, at Dale County Medical Center in Ozark.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Wicksburg Assembly of God Church with the Rev. T.P. Martin officiating and Kent-Thornton Funeral Home directing. Other than scheduled visitation times, the family will be meeting at the home of Mr. Peters' sister, Jackie Cook, 182 Royce Lane, Dothan.
Mr. Peters was born February 10, 1946, in Houston County He is the son of Spurgeon Peters and Clydie Gilley Peters.
Mr. Peters was employed as a factory worker for many years. Jimmy was of the Assembly of God faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Spurgeon Peters and one son, Johnny Peters.
Survivors include his mother, Clydie Peters, Ozark; three sisters, Jackie Cook, Dothan; Janice Peel, Taylor; Cathy Collins, Eufaula; one brother, Donnie Peters, Midland City; one son, Ronnie Peters, Dothan; several nieces and nephews; two grandchildren.
Mr. lrven D. Giles, 82, Of Ozark, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2001, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles W. Gann and the Rev. Christine Gassett officiating. Burial will follow at Center Ridge Cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, P.O. Box 1170, Dothan, 36302.
Mr. Giles retired from civil service at Ft. Rucker after 23 vears of service. He also served five years in the U.S. Army and was a recipient of a Purple Heart Medal during WWII. He was a devoted father and husband.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda and Cathy Giles, parents, Charles and Etta Giles, two sisters, Irene Christerison and Louella Tweedy, three brothers, Gerald, Dale and Orvile Giles; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Giles and Shawn Paul Giles.
Survivors include his wife, Dona Faulk Giles, Ozark; two daughters, Patricia Stanton, Ozark; Debbie Sigers, Ozark; three step-daughters, Lemerle Stephens, Ozark; Mary Phillips, Clio; Ruby Bickley, Brundidge; two sons, Ronnie Giles, Ozark; James Irvin Giles, Midland City; one step-son, LaDerle Faulk, Dothan; three sisters, Ruth Sovin, Riverside, Calif.; Francis Havill, Victorsville, Calif.; Betty Cotschall, Oregcm; twv brothers, Melvin Eugene Giles, Wintergarden, Fla.; Dally Giles, Lincoln, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 17 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 27 step-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Robert L. "Buddy" Slay, 73, of Ozark, died Monday, July l6, 2001, at his residence.
The funeral will be 1.0 a.m. today at the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Aman officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuyua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Ozark Baptist Church or to your favorite charity.
Mr. Slay was a native of Ozark, and lived most of his life there. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Prime of life Sunday School Class and Ozark Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley W. and Lucille Parker Slay and one brother, Whit O. Slay.
Survivors include two sisters and brother-in-law, Juanita S. and Graham M. Nibbs, Bettye S. Newell, all of Dothan; four brothers and sisters-in-law,, William W. and Eva R. Slay, Montgomery; Kay P. and Judy Slay, Dothan; Franklin G. and Chris Slay, Bessemer; L. Wilson and Schella Slay, Ozark; special nieces, Kaylene S. Black, Dothan; Shelia S. Brunson, Enterprise; special cousin, Howell Ashford, Morristown, Tenn.; other nieces, nephews and many friends.
His fellow Sunday school class members will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Charles Edward (Bud) Marshall, 56, of Ozark, died Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2001, at the house of his parents after a long battle with cancer.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Harry Circle officiating. Interment will follow with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the Ozark Wiregrass Hospice, 980D East Andrews Ave., Ozark; 36360.
Bud was born, reared and spent most of his life in the Marley Mill Community. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marcella Suzanne and Kevin R. Shirley, one grandson, Jacob K. Shirley, Troy; his parents, Curtis B. and Jewell Marshall, Ozark; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Nettie Merle and Bill Hataway Ariton; Sarah and Phillip Burkett, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Margaret and Sam Dykes, Patricia and Alton Wallace, Peggy and Aubrey Langford, Deborah and Greg Childree, all of Ozark; one aunt, Mrs. Clarice Williams, Ozark; eight nieces, five nephews and numerous other relatives.
Mr. Judge Hollie Johnson 79, formerly of Ozark, died Tuesday July 10, 2001.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2001 at Salem Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Peters officiating.
Burial will follow in the adjoining church cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
He was a graduate of Troy State University and was a school teacher at Blue Springs High School.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Francis Johnson, three brothers, Harvey Johnson, Homer Johnson, Hillie Johnson, two sisters, Norma Holland and Syble Wright.
Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Charles Gary and Linda Johnson Dennis Johnson, all of Ozark; two grandchildren, Dillion and Christina Johnson, and Amy Johnson, all of Ozark.
Mr. Gerald Deese German, 57, of Ozark, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at Dale Medical Center.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2001, at Holy Ground Cemetery with the Rev. Barney and Ed Quattlebaum officiating, and Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
Mr. German had been a gospel singer, and had traveled with the group called the Happy Valley Boys.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carthell and Ella German, and one sister, Martha Hamrick.
Survivors include his wife, Carmen German, Ozark; son Michael German, and brother Othell German, Ozark.
James Allen [Jim] Dildy, 89, of Ozark, died early Monday morning, July 9, 2001, in Ozark Nursing Facility following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Westview Memorial Cemetery with the Reverend Greg Aman and the Reverend John Frank Lindsey officiating. Internment will follow, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Visitation will be in the funeral home parlors from 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, until time to depart for the service on
Mr. Dildy was born in Nashville, Arkansas, the son of the late John R. and Emma Gary Dildy. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. and Masters Degree and a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society. Mr. Dildy attended the university on a football scholarship playing in 1931, 1932, and 1933, the year Alabama won their first S.E.C. Conference championship, and the year it was organized.
Mr. Dildy was a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp in World War II. Upon graduation he was Coach and Administrator in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He coached four years at Troy High School. After the war, he coached and was assistant superintendent for five years in Malvern, Arkansas.
Mr. Dildy was employed by Arkansas Power and Light Company in 1951 as head of the Industrial Development Department. Arkansas development was poor at that time and Jim became known as the Father of Industrial Development and his success and ideas were sought after by other states. At the time of his retirement, one out of every ten people you met on any street in Arkansas had an industrial job.
He was a leader in community development and was Little Rock, Arkansas Man of the Year in 1976 for his work in the Arkansas Community Development Program. Jim was one of eight men chosen by the United States Commerce Department in 1966 to make an 18-day European Trade Mission trip. Governor Rockefeller appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Vocational and Technical Education of Arkansas. He took time from his job to personally visit every Vocational and Technical School in Arkansas. He was reappointed to this job by each succeeding governor until his retirement Arkansas is still known as a leader in its field of Vocational and Technical Education.
Mr. Dildy was a Mason, a Shriner, a member of Edison Electric Institute of America, a Trustee of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church where he was an active member.
Upon retirement, he moved to Ozark in 1978. He was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church. During his active years of retirement he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Quarterback Club, and the Industrial Development Board of the City of Ozark.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Gertrude Neely, and Nora Olia Calloway; three brothers, Ruphus Dildy, Gary Dildy, and Joe Dildy.
Survivors include his wife, Gaynell C. Dildy, Ozark; two brothers-in-law, James E. Crooks and William "Perk" Crooks, Ozark; two nephews, Bobby Neely, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Dr. Gary Dildy, New Orleans, Louisiana; three nieces, Virginia Sweet and Joan Fraser, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Dr. Margaret Beasley, Conway, Arkansas; 14 grand nieces and nephews.
Active casket bearers will be Steve Clouse, Joe Adams, Bob Elia, Larry Pittman, Sammy Carroll, Trot Carroll, Charles Morgan, Mike Barefield, Wayne Burns, Kris Walker, Tommy Lavender, Jess Sharpe, Mike Golden, Buddy Brown, Tommy Walding, Bill Walding and Willie Morrow. Honorary casket bearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class and former football players of Coach Dildy at Troy High School.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the Westview Memorial Cemetery Fund, 530 East College Street, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mrs. Mary Agnes Lindsay, age 76, of Ozark, died Sunday morning, July 8, 2001. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday July 10, 2001, from St. John's Catholic Church in Ozark with Father Brendan Keller officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. A Rosary Service will precede visitation at 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, with visitation from 6-8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions are to be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 980 East Andrews, Suite D, Ozark, 36360 or to St. John's Catholic Church, PO. Box 1008, Ozark, 36360. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.
Mrs. Lindsay is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lindsay.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Thresia L. and Lee Peak, Ozark; Barbara L. and Richard Sink, Ozark; four grandchildren, Kenneth Sink, Tanya Smith, Shanna Edgar, Brian Peak, six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Trent and Chase Sink, Tyler Smith, Justin and Mary Grace Edgar.
Mrs. Debra Jean (B.J.) Porter, age 41, of Ozark, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, following a brief illness.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. today from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Peters officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, William R. Porter Ozark; daughter, Amy Louise Porter, Ozark; mother, Jewel Francis Childree, Ozark; sister, Joyce Cooper, Ozark; nieces, Haylee Cooper Ozark; Brittany Cooper, Ozark; nephews, Chip Cooper Ozark; Dusty Cooper Ozark; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Mr. Charles Edward Militello, age 57, died Thursday July 5, 2001.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday July 10, 2001, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Father Brendari Keller officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday July 9, 2001, at the funeral home.
Mr. Militello is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret Militello.
He attended Saint John's Catholic Church in Ozark. After a 20 year career with the U.S. Army he retired from Ft. Rucker in 1981, while in service he participated in the Vietnam War.
Survivors include two sisters, Marge Norton, Green Bay, Wis.; Fran Stanick, Green Bay.Wis.; nieces and nephews, Mark Norton, Lisa (Terry) Vander Linden, Tony (Marcie) Stanick; special friends, the Willis family.
Mrs. Fannie W. Baldwin, 72, of Route 3, Ozark, died Sunday July 1, 2001, at the home of her daughter following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P M. Tuesday, July 3, 2001, from Bethel United Methodist Church with the Reverend Bob Sweet and the Reverend Ed Peters officiating. Interment will follow in the Church cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be in the funeral home parlors from 6:00 P M. Monday July 2, 2001, until one hour prior to service time when it will be in the Church. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 980-D East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360, or Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Mrs. Baldwin was a native of Coffee County, a loving Mother and Grandmother, a homemaker, and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Eston Baldwin, in 1993.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Daniel Woodham, Ozark, one son and daughter-in-law Tommy Jr. and Twila Baldwin, Midland City, six grandchildren, Chellie Woodham Phillips and her husband, Jim, Troy Paul Woodham, Ozark, Jessica Baldwin, Midland City Lori Baldwin, Midland City, Emily Baldwin, Midland City David Baldwin, Midland City
Mrs. Emma L. Snellgrove, age 79, of Route 2, Ariton died Saturday evening, June 30, 2001, in Flowers Hospital.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Old Tabernacle Cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.
Mrs. Snellgrove was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Snellgrove in 1994.
She was a member of Ozark First Assembly of God Church. She was employed with Kirkland's Fabric Store for several years. She was also employed by Mrs. Frances Carroll. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Darrell and Carolyn Snellgrove, Rt. 2, Ariton; one sister Betty Watson, Montgomery; one brother, Rex Graves Ariton; two grandchildren, Vena Fischer Dothan; Johnny Lee Waller, Greenville; several nieces and nephews.
M/Sgt (Ret) Daniel Allen Holmes of Ozark died Friday June 29, 2001, in University Hospital in Birmingham.
The funeral home will be 2 p.m. today from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full military honors. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions are requested to be given to the Ozark Dale County Library.
M/Sgt Holmes served 20 years in the United States Army, retiring in 1991. He was a Vietnam veteran, while serving in the army he received the following medals, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star, all with Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a graduate of Troy State University.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sandra J. Holmes, Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and David Speck, Ozark; four sons and daughters-in-law, John and Susan Selman, Evansville, Wis.; James and Sarah Holmes, Ozark; Daniel Patrick Holmes, Ozark; Justin Holmes, U.S. Army, Korea; parents, James and Janet Holmes, Clarksville, Tenn.; two sisters, Lee Duncan and Margaret Proctor, both Clarksville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Brittany and Laura Selman, Kathryn and Kristina Speck and Allen Tyler Holmes.
Mrs. Margaret Snellgrove, age 77, of Ozark, has passed away.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Aman, the Rev, John Anderson and the Rev. Hosea Parker officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home. Family will receive friends during these hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ozark Baptist Church fund, American Red Cross fund, or Ozark Police Task Force.
Mrs. Snellgrove was born in Geneva County March 5, 1924, and was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church, member of Adult One department, co-ed 1A Sunday school class. She was employed with the American Red Cross for 42 years; most of her years were spent at Ft. Rucker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer Rice and Maudie Saunders Rice, husband, Lewie Snellgrove, sister, Dorothy Rice Waters.
Survivors include one brother, Carl Rice, Malvern; niece and children, Kathy Jones, Bradenton, Fla.; niece and spouse, Paula and Tom Link, and their children, Tallahassee, Fla.; sister-in-law Miss Bonnie Snellgrove, Ozark; several other nieces and nephews.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Troy Neher, 79, of Ozark, died Tuesday morning, June 19, 2001, at his home following an extended illness.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2001, at the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home with Minister Glen Vanzandt and the Rev. Walter Reeder officiating.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Neher will be buried in Altus, Oklahoma where he was born. Visitation will be in the funeral home parlors from 3 p.m. this afternoon until service time on Thursday. The family will receive friends in the funeral home parlors from 6-8 p.m. this evening. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Community Care Hospice, 300 North Edwards Street, Enterprise, 36330.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Neher's life-long career as an aviator spanned over 60 years beginning with his first solo flight in 1939. In 1942, he began military service in Texas with the Civilian Pilot Training Program and flew many types of aircraft all over the world for the Army. He received a direct commission in 1943 and was assigned as a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps, serving in North Africa, India, and the Far East. He left the Air Force as a major and began instructing for the Army Flight School in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma until its' move to Ft. Rucker, Alabama in 1954. He was employed as a civilian flight instructor at Ft. Rucker from 1954 until 1980 where he flew the OV-1 Mohawk and logged over 7,000 hours in that aircraft. Last year, at the age of 77, he flew two of the Ft. Rucker Mohawks to the Air Heritage Museum in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, when the Mohawk was retired from service. His aviation career totaled over 27,000 hours in more than 130 types of aircraft. He was a member of the. Oklahoma Air National Guard and flew F-86 and F-4 fighter jets for the Alabama Air National Guard before retiring as lieutenant colonel in 1973.
When not flying for the military, he rebuilt and restored antique airplanes. Four of which are owned and still flown by pilots all across the country. He returned to work for the Army in 1994 as an aircraft operations training instructor at the Aviation Learning Center at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and retired in July, 2000. He attended church services at Post Oak Methodist Church and the Ozark Church of Christ. He was a member of Quiet Birdmen, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.
His son, John Michael Neher, preceded Lt. Col. (Ret.) Neher in death.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bo Neher and two daughters, Joan Neher and Judy Neher, currently residing in Ozark, one brother, Lee Roy Neher and his wife, Lavina of Altus, Oklahoma, and other relatives across the country.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Vernon, John Pearson, John Whitener, Robert Camp, Benny Oliver, Ed Woodie, James Sasser and Quiet Birdmen.