Onettia McNeill

September 20, 1936 ~ April 24, 2020 (age 83)

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On April 24, 2020, our Lord and savior suddenly called his daughter Onettia home.  Mrs. Onettia Leach-McNeill was born on September 20, 1936.  She was born and raised in Scotland County, North Carolina.  She was the eighth child of eleven children of the late Willie and Elvena Leach.  She was baptized as a member of the Nashville Baptist Church.  Onettia was called Aunt Neat or Neata by many of her friends.  Onettia was a graduate of Laurinburg Institute High School.

She was married to the late Fred McNeill.  They relocated to New York where Onettia worked several jobs until she started working for Rose Ann Optical Eyeglass Case Co.  She worked there for over 20 years until the company relocated to Georgia.  She then went on work for United Home Health Care Service until her retirement.

Onettia had one son, James Leach who preceded her in death; three sisters Willie Pearl Leach, Luevenia Spears, and Eloise Jackson; four brothers Roy Leach, Robert Leach, Thomas Leach, and James Leach.

Aunt Neat as she was affectionately called by her family loved to cook and always had plenty of food to serve, and for anyone to take home.  She had a kind heart and was a giving person if she had you had too.  She remembered everyone’s birthday or special occasion with a token of love in a card.  She was a caretaker to three of her siblings and son throughout their illness until the Lord took them home.  This was her mission to take care of the sick and whosoever needed comfort with a kind word.

Onettia leaves to cherish her wonderful memories one daughter Alfreda Newton (Michael) of Garden City, NY one son Stacye McNeill of Brooklyn, NY; three grandsons James and Jamal Thomas, and Rayvon Taylor; two granddaughters Shavonne Dale (Barnard), and Sabrina Taylor; three great-grandsons Rayvon Jr., Jayden Pollard, and Zaire Dale; five great-granddaughters Daysha Taylor, Shameia, Mahogany, Semaj, and Tiajuanna Thomas; two great-great-grandsons; two sisters Edith Edwards of Brooklyn, NY and Eva Dockery of Maxton, NC; one brother Henry Leach of New York, NY; and many cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Services entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home & Cremation Service

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Graveside Service
May 16, 2020

1:00 PM
Leach Family Cemetery
Newton Rd.
Marston, NC 28363

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