Neal Ezell

Born in Lawrenceburg, TN on October 8, 1942

Departed on June 3, 2018 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. Neal Ezell age 75, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Mr. Ezell was born in Lawrenceburg, TN, on October 8, 1942, the son of the late Wallace Ezell and Betsy Jones Ezell. He retired as a car salesman after thirty years of service. Mr. Ezell enjoyed playing fantasy football with his grandsons, traveling, watching the birds, and sports. Neal never wavered when it came to his values, morals, and his love for his family. His character, witt, and integrity always remained constant and will be missed by so many. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ezell was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Ezell.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Ezell, to whom he married on October 8, 1982; two daughters, Tracey (Brad) Champion and Gretchen (Troy) Etheredge; grandchildren, Caleb Etheredge, Chase Etheredge, Nathan Sanderson, and Abby Wilber; and three sisters, Helen (Tommy) Desruisseaux, Janice (George) Osborn, and Kay (Frank) Shaw. Also, many other family members, close neighbors, and friends.

A Celebration of life will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 2:00 P.M., Hendersonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Hendersonville Funeral Home.

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18 Comments to Neal Ezell

  1. Joe and Sally Meador
    June 4, 2018 6:47 pm


    Joe and I were so sorry to hear of Neal’s passing. He was such a good and positive person despite his disability.
    We are so glad that we had a chance to meet with him for the last time at Cheddar’s. Please know that Joe and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    God bless you,

    Joe and Sally Meador

  2. Willie Walters
    June 4, 2018 7:12 pm

    i met Neal Ezell in 1957 on the football field at Loretto High School in Loretto, Tn. We soon became close friends, and for the next four years we played side by side. He at fullback and me at tailback but that was not what made our friendship. Neal’s personality was always upbeat. He always had a smile on his face and a great out look on life. He never changed. Sometimes we went months without talking to each other because of our work, but the minute we saw each other or talked on the phone it was like we had talked yesterday. He and I talked about 3 months ago and I told him if something happened to me not to worry about coming because of his health. He knew I suffered from back problems and he told me the same. We talked about so many of our classmates who had gone on. I told him then, I love U. He said love U too. We agreed it was better to tell each other that than to wait and say it after one of us was gone. The Ezell family will always be special to me, Helen, Janice will remember me spending the night with them when Neal and I were in high school. Neal and Connie will always be special to Jackie and me. I love each one of you. Willie

  3. Mona Gainey Lanier
    June 4, 2018 7:54 pm

    My Dear Connie & family,

    So hard to find the words to express my feelings. I love the memories
    all of us have made together for so many years. I love the memories
    of Neal laughing at someone’s joke. He always had a quick wit & a twinkle
    in his eye. I loved to hear him talk & tell a story. He was a special person
    & always a loyal friend to anyone who called him friend. He will be missed
    so much. Much love to all of you, Mona

  4. Mary Daniel
    June 4, 2018 9:57 pm

    Sympathy to your Family, Neal was a special friend, so glad you and Neal came to the High School reunion. Known him since his school days always had a smile and his wit brought smiles to many faces. I brought more than one car from him always the professional every time I had the opportunity to do business with him. May he rest in Peace

  5. Kim Nelson
    June 4, 2018 11:19 pm

    Although I did not know Neal personally, his sister Helennis a precious and dear friend of mine. I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of her dear brother and will hold Helen and the entire family in my heartfelt prayers. Gods peace be with you all.

  6. Julia Stafford Hedgepath
    June 4, 2018 11:33 pm

    Praying for you Connie and all those who knew and loved Neal. You all will be in my prayers today and in the coming days. Love you.

  7. Greg Stafford
    June 5, 2018 8:48 am

    Sorry to hear of Neal’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing him and I know he will be missed.
    Condolences to all of the family. Connie, you know how much we love you and will be praying for you.

  8. Tom sullivan
    June 5, 2018 9:57 am

    I’m broken hearted to know I won’t get to talk to my wonderful friend ernie anymore we had a special friendship I loved him like a brother I know he is ina better place I’m sorry I can’t be there for the funeral Connie we are praying for you

  9. Judy Nisonger Stanely & Jennifer Baker
    June 5, 2018 11:11 am

    Our condolences upon the loss of your father, Tracy. I know you have wonderful memories that will help you through this. It is difficult to lose your parent/s but they are always with you. Again, Jennifer and my condolences to you.

  10. John James
    June 5, 2018 1:04 pm

    Connie, It saddens me to the core, but I also feel blessed to have had Neal in my life. He hired me in 1986 as his lot porter at Trickett Honda, because at that time I was too young to sell cars. Neal and I became very close over the years, and he was like a father in some ways to me. I will never forget my friend Neal, and I can hear him just as plain as day him saying “Hey Ernie”. Lol… May God bless you and your family.

  11. Dick Lanier
    June 5, 2018 7:35 pm

    Connie, Neal became a part of our little “group” over 35 years ago and all of us grew to to love the man like a brother. We all knew he was there for any of us if the occasion arose. He had the rare ability to actually listen when others were speaking. Life will never quite be the same without him. I will miss him terribly. Love you.

  12. Melissa Sowell Puri
    June 5, 2018 9:43 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember his smile and laughter. Peace be with you during this time.

    Melissa, Chris and Colin Puri

  13. Linda Crowson
    June 5, 2018 11:35 pm

    Connie, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Neal in 1957 when we were Freshman at Loretto High School. He has been a great friend to me all through our high school years and even after we graduated. Neal was one of the high lights to me at each one of our class reunions. I always had my picture made with him. At our last reunion, I didn’t think he was going to make it. It was a welcome beyond believe to see him walk through the door. Know that my love, prayers, and grief are with you through this time of sorrow. Hope you will keep coming to our reunions to fill those big shoes of his. Love to all the family.

  14. Donna and Ronnie
    June 6, 2018 8:05 am

    Connie, we are so very sorry to hear of Neal’s passing. Neal was always so upbeat and always had that warm, loving smile for everyone. Please know that our prayers are with you and all the family at this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you with only the comfort He can give. Love you. Donna and Ronnie

  15. LHS Class of 1960
    June 6, 2018 12:37 pm

    The LHS Class of 1960 cannot be there in person today but we are there in spirit. We all love Neal. He was just a delight to be around all the time. With love and great memories.

  16. Kay Graham
    June 6, 2018 4:41 pm

    Connie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love and God Bless. Kay Graham

  17. Claude Canter
    June 6, 2018 4:45 pm

    Dear Connie:

    We want you to know how very sorry that we are to hear about Neal. We met him forty something years ago, I believe at Bill Trickett. He always had a smile on his face, and was one of the kindness men, we had ever met. He helped us many times, when we were shopping, for a new car. We are very grateful, to have known such a fine man. He touched many lives, including ours, over the years.

    My God give you and your family, comfort and peace at this time, and for the days ahead.

    Claude & Kathie Canter

  18. Martee Quillen
    June 20, 2018 6:43 pm

    I last saw my Uncle Neal this past Christmas at my Mother’s (Helen) house. We both loved to talk VOL football. Uncle Neal was always an upbeat positive person and I admired that about him. I always thought it was funny how he would jokingly call some people squirrel or say “look out there you squirrel you”
    I will miss him very much.
    With love,
    Martee Quillen

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