December 4, 1951 - April 20, 2021
Eddie (Ed) Walter Neely, age 69, went to be with his Lord on April 20, 2021. Ed, affectionately known as Papa to his family, was born December 4, 1951 in Knoxville, the only son of the late Calvin and Estell Neely. Ed graduated from Webb School, Carson Newman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ed served in churches in the area in vocational ministry for a number of years. He then helped to run the family business, Neely Produce and most recently Neely Development. He served as a staff minister at Cumberland Baptist Church and in other ministries. He was a member and lay leader at Central Baptist Church, Bearden and the last 18 years at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. Ed enjoyed travel and spending time with his family. Ed pursued excellence in every way, brought joy to all and would put a smile on anyone’s face he met, young to old. He was extravagant in love, giving, and serving. If you needed one, he would bring you two. He is survived by his wife Paulette Crane Neely; his three children and their spouses, Demetria (Chris) Hearp, JC (Katie) Neely and Kristin (Josh) Wyckstandt; and nine grandchildren, Lawson and Neely Hearp; Davis, Annie and James Neely; and Evelyn, Savannah, C.C. and Miller Wyckstandt all of Knoxville. A celebration of life for Ed will be held on Sunday, April 25 at 4:30 pm at Fellowship Church (where his son JC serves on staff) 8000 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909. The family will receive friends immediately after the service. Memorials can be made to Knoxville Young Life, P.O. Box 647, Knoxville, TN 37901. Online condolences may be made at www.rosefuneraltn.com. Arrangements by Rose Funeral and Cremation - Mann. The services will be streamed live at https://m.facebook.com/RoseMannHeritage/ at 4:30 pm.
Eddie (Ed) Walter Neely, age 69, went to be with his Lord on April 20, 2021. Ed, affectionately known as Papa to his family, was born December 4, 1951 in Knoxville, the only son of the late Calvin and Estell Neely. Ed graduated from Webb School,... View Obituary & Service Information
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