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Jerry Neel

June 21, 1945 — March 16, 2024

Jerry Neel, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2024 at his home in Rockport, Texas after a brief illness. Jerry was born in 1945 to parents Roy and Elizabeth Neel in Dallas, Texas.

Jerry's journey was one of faith and service. He graduated from Southwestern University and then pursued a Masters of Theology from Perkins School at Southern Methodist University. He served as a minister in the United Methodist Church for 38 years until his retirement in 2005, always attributing his successes to the grace of God.

After retiring, Jerry and his wife, Tana Neel, embarked on a new adventure, co-founding Another Chance RFT, a project close to their hearts aimed at rescuing and fostering the dogs of Aransas County to save their lives. Over the years their organization has facilitated the rescue and placement of more than 2000 dogs. Jerry's humility and gratitude extended even to his final days, as he thanked the local veterinarians, volunteers and dog fosters who continue their mission.

Jerry's kindness touched many lives. He will be dearly missed by his family, including his wife, Tana, his children, Robin Reske, Megan Holland, and Karla Guffey, and his grandchildren, Alyssa Reske, Alexander Reske, Ryan Holland, Violet Guffey, and Penelope Holland.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on April 6 , 2:00 with visitation after the service, in Rockport at Charlie Marshall funeral home, a reflection of his preference for simplicity. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Another Chance RFT,,ensuring Jerry and Tana's legacy of dog rescue lives on. Donations may be made online at

Or PO Box 2314, Rockport

As we remember Jerry, let's hold onto the fearless strength of his faith and the profound impact he had on those around him. He will be forever missed by the countless lives he touched with his kindness and compassion. May his spirit continue to inspire us all.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, April 6, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory - Rockport

814 E Main St, Rockport, TX 78382

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