Odell Neil Sr. was the first born of twin boys on July 9, 1941 in Apopka, Florida to Lee and Rose Neil. He attended and graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in Apopka, Florida.
Odell enlisted in the United States Army in February of 1960 and became a rifle marksman, he earned a good conduct medal. After his honorable discharge in April 1962, Odell married his first love Geraldine Dixon in July 1962 and shortly thereafter relocated to Moorestown, NJ where he and Geraldine began their family of three children. He was one of the first African-American men to be hired and complete the training program for the NJ State Police.
After 17 years living in New Jersey, Odell relocated his family back to his home town of Apopka, Florida. Odell secured employment with the Altamonte Police Department and then accepted a Deputy position with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Odell ended his work history as a long haul truck driver when he became ill on July 24, 2004.
Odell Neil Sr. was at home in Hospice care when he peacefully passed from this temporary earthly existence into the peace and glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ, on February 23, 2021.
Odell was preceded in death by his parents: Lee and Rose Neil; brothers: Lee “Mickey” Neil, Alfred Neil, Terrance Henry; son: Odell Neil Jr.; great granddaughters: Laniya Delva and Raegan Dailey.
Odell Neil Sr. leaves to cherish precious memories to: his wife: Geraldine Neil; children: Monica Scott (husband, Kerry Scott), Michael Neil; grandchildren: Holly Mc Groary (husband, Pauric Mc Groary), Philip Dailey (wife, Gwendolyn Dailey), Whytnea Matthews; sister: Eva Carroll Filmore (husband, Freddie Filmore); brothers: Leedell Neil and Earnest Neil (wife, Marcia Neil); four great-grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
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