Posted: Tue 2:05 PM, Jun 25, 2013
Funeral Home: Broussard's Mortuary
January 17, 1926 - June 23, 2013
Harry Allan Neville died at his home on Sunday, June 23, 203. He lived in the Beaumont area from 1946 - 1997. He retired in 1987 and moved to College Station in 1997. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Broussard's Mortuary, 1605 N. Major Dr., in Beaumont. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 4955 Pine Street, with Dr. Jim Adams of First Baptist Church of Bryan officiating.
Harry was born January 17, 1926 to Rueben Thomas Neville and Mary Ada (McGarity) Neville in Ranger, Texas. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryan. Harry graduated High School in Grapeland, Texas in 1943 and attended Texas A&M before entering the U.S. Navy in 1944, during WWII. He was aboard the Destroyer, USS Douglas H. Fox DD 779. He survived a kamikaze attack on that ship.
At A&M he was a member of the Kiddie Korps football team and also played the coronet in the Texas A&M Band. He loved the Aggies and was a member of the Letterman's Association and the Texas A&M Foundation.
His life was devoted to the children of Texas for 32 years, having served as a teacher and administrator in public schools. The 1961-year book of the Hamshire-New Holland High School was dedicated to him as a tribute for "his unceasing work with his students and organizations."
After WWII, he worked for Texas Gas Corporation, the former Glen McCarthy Chemical Company in Winnie, Texas and later received a B.S. from East Texas State and M.Ed from Sam Houston State Teachers College and began his teaching career in 1955.
He was active with the teachers in the Beaumont area and served as President of the Classroom Teachers in 1968. During this presidency and professional agreement between administrators and teachers was adopted and is mentioned in "The History of South Park High School." In 1973, he was voted as "Outstanding Teacher of South Park High School" and given an "Outstanding Teacher Award" by the Beaumont A&M Club. He was later Assistant Principal of Forest Park High School. He was active with Little League and Cub Scouts.
He loved young people and they loved him. He was a member of the South East Texas Industrial Arts Association, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and the NEA. He retired in 1987.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David; and his sister, Dorothy Hinckley; and his daughter-in-law, Charlotte Sanford Neville.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty Lou Cornish of Beaumont; a son, Jack Calvin Neville; two grandchildren, Scott Allan Neville, and Brock Tanner Neville and his wife, Felicia; great-granddaughter, Kalie Lynne Neville; and great-grandson, Kade Tanner Neville, all of College Station; his niece, Tommie Neville Biano and her husband, Lon Ray and family, of Fannett, Texas.