Donald Thomas McNeill (THOMSON, Ga.)

THOMSON, Ga. - Donald Thomas McNeill, 65, died Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at his residence in Thomson. He is survived by his children, Ruth McNeill Vaughn, of Augusta, and Donald Thomas McNeill, Jr., of Atlanta. His wife Mary Knox McNeill predeceased him. Mr. McNeill also is survived by his son-in-law Edwin Campbell Vaughn, his grandson Edwin Campbell Vaughn, Jr., his fiancŽ Beverly Howard, of Augusta, and two brothers, David Armstrong McNeill, III, of Florida, and Jack Reddick McNeill of Augusta. The son of Teresa Reddick McNeill and David Armstrong McNeill, Jr., Mr. McNeill was a lifelong resident of Thomson where he worked with his father for many years at McNeill, Lauff & McNeill. He later entered the mortgage banking business, retiring from Regions Mortgage Company. He was a member of the Thomson First United Methodist Church and its Friendship Sunday School Class and served in many church leadership capacities. He also was an active member of the Thomson Rotary Club, Belle Meade Country Club, and Thomson High Bulldog Club. Mr. McNeill attended The Baylor School and graduated from Thomson High School, where he excelled in several sports, especially football. He earned a football scholarship to Presbyterian College, where he played for four years and captained the team. He graduated from Presbyterian College in 1966 and remained involved with his alma mater throughout his life, establishing an endowment for the Donald T. McNeill Scholarship. An avid sportsman and traveler, Mr. McNeill coached Little League teams, played spirited and competitive golf, and delighted in new adventures. His sharp intellect could master intricate finance, the most difficult crossword puzzles, and wide-ranging sports trivia. With contagious and uplifting humor, he was a loyal, loving, and warm father, grandfather and friend. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 7, at 11:00 a.m., at Thomson First United Methodist Church, with Reverend John F. Barnes officiating. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Langham, Tommy Neuhoff, Toby Silberman, George Lokey, Rusty Lovelace, Marc Wilson, and John Harvey Edwards. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to Presbyterian College, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton, South Carolina 29325, for the McNeill Scholarship Fund, or Thomson First United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 8, Thomson, Georgia 30824, for the endowment fund. The McNeill family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6 at the funeral home. Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online guestbook at . Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-November 6, 2009