Biography of

William Lloyd McNeel


Born 23 May 1891, Hillsboro, Pocahontas, WV
Died 1918, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
William Lloyd McNeel died in Canada during the influenza epidemic in 1918.


Obituary : Joseph Samuel McNeel, son of Capt. William L. McNeel and Margaret Jane Beard McNeel, was born at the ancestral home in the Little Levels, November 26th, 1862, and died in the home where born February 16th, 1933, age 70 years, 2 months, and 20 days.  On the 15th day of January 1890, he was married to Miss Mary Curry, daughter of William and Lucy Curry of Huntersville, this county.  To this union were born four children, one of whom Lloyd McNeel died in Canada during the influenza epidemic in 1918.  He leaves surviving him his widow and the following children, Thomas P. McNeel, now of Greenbrier county, Henry W. McNeel and Lucille McNeel, at home.  He also has surviving him one brother Lloyd McNeel and two sisters, Pauline McNeel and Margaret McNeel, all of whom reside in the Pacific coast states.  Of his father's family two brothers and four sisters preceded him to the Great Beyond.   Mr. McNeel was prominently identified with the live stock industry of the Greenbrier Valley, having taken a leading part in the introduction of pure bred Hereford cattle into Pocahontas an Greenbrier counties, and always urged that success in the industry lay in the handling of high class stock.  Mr. McNeel was an active Democrat and early in life connected himself with the party organization in the county.  In 1904 he was elected Sheriff of Pocahontas county, serving four years.  At the expiration of his term of office he retried to his farming activities bu again in 1914 the people demanded his serves and he was elected to a six year term on the county court, ending his office holding period December 31st, 1920.  Few men had a wider acquaintance in his county, and he numbered his friends by his acquaintances.  In his early manhood Mr. McNeel united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  he was  a great-grandson of John McNeel, the pioneer, who established the White Pole Church, the first Methodist organization in the county.  Thus he came of a long line of the followers of John Wesley.  Mr. McNeel had enjoyed good health until the day before his death.  While performing some chores around the home he was suddenly stricken with paralysis.  he never regained consciousness and peacefully passed away the following afternoon.  On Saturday, February 18th, his remains were laid to rest in the McNeel Cemetery in the Little Levels.  In the death of J. S. McNeel the county loses one of its most prominent citizens and his wife and children a most kindly and indulgent husband and father.