George McNeill, Jr., was born on Thursday, October 24, 1929, in Harnett County, North Carolina. He made his transition peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
George was the first son and fourth child to the late Viola and George McNeill, Sr. He received his formal education in the public school of Harnett County. George moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in the early 1950s. In his early years, he worked for Clifton Conduit, Diamond Cab Company and General Motors. He worked for Whiting Turner Construction Company until his retirement.
In 1963, George met the love of his life, Della Hollis. They were blessed with a son, Teron, whom they nicknamed Pookie, in the following year. In December 1986, they were joined in holy matrimony and enjoyed 33 years of marriage. They shared a rich life together, lovingly calling each other “Mac 1” and “Mac 2.” George became a proud grandfather when Danielle was born. She always enjoyed attending family reunions with him in North Carolina and could be seen following him around at a young age. His great-grandson, Kenneth, was the apple of his eye. Kenneth loved his “Pop Pop,” and it brought George so much joy to hear him call out to him as he climbed into his arms. George became increasingly close to Teron and Danielle during his illness. They were always available to cater to his every need, including taking him to his appointments, making sure that he had all of his supplies and aiding him with getting up and moving around the house. He showed his appreciation even if it was just with the look of gratefulness in his eyes.
Letlo, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was a “Jack of all trades.” He was often called on as a mechanic, handyman and babysitter, and he was always available if a family member or friend needed a ride somewhere. After his retirement, George lived a life of leisure. He enjoyed attending family reunions, going to the racetrack, and vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his illness, he enjoyed listening to gospel music on the radio and television, often playing both at the same time. Letlo had a special relationship with some of his nieces and nephews whom he treated as though they were his own children. He loved Cheryl, Keith (Noochie-who referred to Letlo as 2 Dad), Shenia, Yolanda, Freddie, Kevin, Jordan, Taliah, Phyllis, George McNeill (Pookie), and Chester (Bruh). Letlo was everyone’s favorite uncle.
He leaves to cherish his legacy his wife Della McNeill; son Teron Hollis; granddaughter Danielle Hollis; great-grandson Kenneth Robinson; five sisters, Virginia Chance, Beatrice Chance, Magnolia Ray, Geraldine McNeill (Alphonso), and Dorothy McKoy (Ruben); and one brother, Larry McNeill, all of North Carolina. He also leaves three sisters-in-law, Carlotta McNeill, Mable McNeil and Dequata Hollis; three brothers-in law, Fred Pullen, Burney Hollis, Jr., and Wilbert Hollis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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