Willard Purty "Babe" McNeil

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran WWII

I'll Be Seeing You

I am at rest, don't cry
It will be easier as time goes by
I've done my best to live a good life
For I knew if I did I could be with Christ
As my body lies here, it's only a shell
God has called me home and my job I've done well
Now I'm happy and very content
For things I've done wrong, I repent
You know and I know that it's hard on earth,
So you should not cry at death, but at birth
I have no worries pains or fears,
Because I'm with God, dry your tears.

I love you all and this is what I want you to do
Put God first in your life and I'll be seeing you.

        On Saturday, January 13, 2007, God in His infinite wisdom, called our loved one, Willard, home from labor to reward, bringing to a close an inspiring and fruitful life.

        Willard Purty "Babe" McNeil, of 5807 Old Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, Maryland was born December 19, 1921 in Washington, D.C. to the late James and LaVenia McNeil.

        He attended Phelps Vocational School in Washington, D.C. where he received many honors for his athletic abilities.

        He was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Deanwood, Washington D.C. as a young man by the late Pastor Andrew J. Allen. He was a faithful member of the congregation and a chartered member of the Spiritual Echos for over 60 years.

        He served his country in the Army from 1942 to 1946 with the 92nd Airborne Squadron, Tuskegee, Alabama. After leaving the Army he worked as a Fireman and was later employed by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. After retirement he began working part-time with Harry S. Washington & Sons Co. Inc., funeral services, until his illness.

        "Babe" was a sports enthusiast and a passionate fan of "America's Team" the Dallas Cowboys. He also enjoyed playing Pinochle and was the President of the "Twelve Kings" a pinochle club in the Maryland area.

        He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted daughter, Lolita Bell of Powhatan, Virginia; one grandson, RaShad Brown of Powhatan, Virginia; one sister, Ida Rowe of Maryland; a long-time companion Zenobia Irby of Maryland; two devoted care-givers, Juanita and LaTanya Bell of Powhatan, Virginia; one devoted cousin Bea; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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