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Mrs. Evelyn Pauline (Smith) McNeal

May 7, 1923 ~ May 3, 2022 (age 98)

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Evelyn Smith McNeal passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 with her family by her side, only days shy of her 99th birthday.  Evelyn was born on May 7, 1923, in a house on the same property where she lived practically all her life.

The daughter of the late Homer and Alice Richardson Smith, Evelyn was a SuperWoman before the term was created.  She was an excellent cook, known by many for her delicious Christmas time pecan pies.  She was an accomplished seamstress who made beautiful clothes for the children.  She was in the commercial egg business, responsible for gathering thousands of eggs, every day, seven days a week.  She and Howard raised four children.  She was very active in Belmont Baptist Church, where she was the oldest surviving member and in the later years enjoyed the monthly BLT lunches.  And in her “spare” time, she pursued her passion of planting and propagating flowers and flowering shrubs.  Her favorite flower was the daffodil and she divided and replanted enough bulbs to cover the property.  She was featured in Southern Living’s People and Places section (February 2009) as the “Daffodil Lady”. The community had known her as the Daffodil Lady for decades.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Howard McNeal, her two sons, Larry McNeal and Dan McNeal, her parents, and siblings, Myron, Byron and Winnon Smith and Elease Martin.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Jerri and Alan Dunaway of Hoschton, Debra and Phil Henderson of Snellville, daughters-in-law, Nan McNeal of Talmo and Martha McNeal of Braselton; grandsons Trevor and Rhonda McNeal of McGaheysville, VA, Josh and Michelle Dunaway of Buford, Lt Col. Matthew and Kathryn McNeal of Augusta; granddaughter Kari and Patrick Butler of Suwanee; grandson Chris and Mary Susan McNeal of St. Simons Island; and 12 great-grandchildren.  A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Belmont Baptist Church with the Reverend Bill Compton officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belmont Baptist Church Building Fund in Evelyn’s memory.  Belmont Baptist Church, 3635 Belmont Road, Gainesville, Georgia. 30507.

The family wants to thank Elaine Nabors for her many years of love, laughter and tender care for her “G.”  Then, almost a year ago, a ray of sunshine named Lillie Venable joined the team.  Mother loved them both.

Evans Funeral Home, Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia.  706-367-5467.

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May 5, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Evans Funeral Home
1350 Winder Highway
Jefferson, GA 30549

Funeral Service
May 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Belmont Baptist Church
3635 Belmont Highway
Gainesville, GA 30507

Interment following funeral service
May 6, 2022

Belmont Baptist Church Cemetery
3635 Belmont Highway
Gainesville, GA 30507


Belmont Baptist Church Building Fund
3635 Belmont Highway, Gainesville GA 30507

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