Monday, 11 September 2017 16:37

William 'Billy' O'Neal

William “Billy” Cole O’Neal, Sr., 82, of Roanoke Rapids passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at his home.

Billy was born November 17, 1934 in Halifax County to the late William Herbert O’Neal and Shirley Livingston Pittman O’Neal. He was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Melanie O’Neal and Dustin Cole O’Neal; his brother, Wiley Sidney O’Neal, Sr.

Billy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a dedicated truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Perlene O’Neal of the home; his sons, William Cole O’Neal, Jr. of Roxboro, Dennis Ray O’Neal and his wife Debra and Robert Earl O’Neal both of Roanoke Rapids; his special companion, Princess; eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Billy’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2017 in the chapel of Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service with Dr. Dennis W. Gregory, Sr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:30 P.M. prior to the service.

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