John Robert Neill

June 4, 1937 – February 1, 2018

John Robert Neill of Kirkwood, MO, died on February 1st after a brief illness. John was born June 4, 1937 in Statesville, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Haze and Maxine Neill of Troutman, NC.

He is survived by his three children: Michael Neill and Julia Winter (Matt) of Phoenix, AZ, and Margaret Okies (Ed) of Portland, OR. He is also survived by a brother Terry Neill (Elizabeth) and four grandsons: Patrick, Will, Mac, and Alex and a niece, Grace Shattuck (Steven) of Golden, CO. The family would also like to acknowledge Barbara Frith, a special friend and dear companion of John for the last twenty years.

John graduated from Troutman High School in 1955 and received a business degree from Erskine College. He entered the shoe business and was eventually named Senior Vice-President of International Shoe Company in St Louis, at that time the largest shoe company in the world. After retiring, he served as a consultant for numerous companies both domestically and internationally.

John was a member of New Perth ARP church in Troutman while growing up. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching college basketball and attending ACC Tournaments. He especially enjoyed the annual summer vacation with his family at the beach.

A memorial service celebrating the life of John will be held at Troutman Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30pm on Friday, February 16 with Rev. Robert Sherer officiating, followed by visitation with the family from 6:30 till 8:00pm.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the New Perth ARP Church, Box 457, Troutman, North Carolina, 28166.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Troutman Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for John Neill.

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  1. Ann Raymer wrote:

    My thoughts are with each of you in the loss of your Dad.

  2. LUKE/Nancy Livingston wrote:

    Our prayers are with John and his Family!

  3. rebecca brown schoenfeld wrote:

    Dear Neill Family,
    Although I never had the honor to meet him, I always knew he and my Dad had spoken-Dad smiled a little brighter and, amazingly enough, had some new basketball knowledge to impart after their conversations. I think their friendship meant even more in these months since my Mom died. They were classmates and teammates, and I like to think that Dad met Johnny Neill with a basketball and had already picked out a spot for game-watching. I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort and may you be wrapped in love and peace in the days ahead. rebecca brown schoenfeld, daughter of David Scott Brown, Jr.

  4. Carol Jordan Phillips wrote:

    Terry, Elizabeth, Grace, Michael, Julia, Margaret, grandsons: Patrick, Will, Mac & Alex; special friend, Barbara Frith
    Our deepest sympathies in the recent unexpected departure of your brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend to all. Life is so tender, so fragile, so very precious. There is no sorrow like the sorrow of an earthly separation of a loved one. Grief can be so very hard; but all the special memories help us cope so always hold on to the many fond memories of Johnny, someone who deeply cared and shared with all; hopefully, these special memories held deep within your hearts help to soothe your spirits at this difficult time. Our greatest comfort in sorrow is knowing that God is with us; that there’s a loving God watching over all and throughout this time of need He’ll stay close by your side, enabling you with peace and strength to help ease your hurting hearts. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s daily routines, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of families and friends. May God richly bless and uplift all in this time of sorrow and the healing days ahead.
    Our Love & Prayers, Care & Concern
    Carol Jordan Phillips / Glenda & Bud Goodman
    (Friends of Terry & Johnny)