M/Sgt Richard Carlton Neal, USAF Retired, 74, passed away at his home on December 6, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born May 6, 1946. M/Sgt Neal served 20+ years in the United States Air Force retiring in 1987. He returned to his hometown and was employed by RCL Components for 21 years, retiring in 2016. M/Sgt Neal was preceded in death by his parents, Harold W. Neal and Marguerite Dossett Neal. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia Neal, daughters; Jana Gaylord of Olive Branch, MS., Carla McGregor (Stan) of Coldwater, MS., Sarah Neal of Southaven, MS.; grandsons, Alex and Sam Gaylord, Jaxson & Avery Norris-Morgan; and granddaughter, Sophie Gaylord. He is also survived by two brothers; Tommie Neal (JoAnn) and Eric Neal (Sherra) of Coldwater; three sisters; Faye Kelly of Metairie, LA., Marilyn Strange (Mike) and Karen James (Mike) of Coldwater, MS. and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Independence, MS. Bro. Chip Gresham and Dr. John Mahony officiated. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Hernando Funeral Home of Hernando, MS. was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9290 Hwy 306 Coldwater, MS., 38618, St. Jude Children's Hospital or to a charity of your choice.