Dora Blanche Neely


Dora Blanche Neely, age 85, of Rock Cave, the Wilsontown Community, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at her home peacefully with Mr. Lee by her side. She was born on May 18, 1936, in Webster Springs, W. Va. a daughter of the late Arthur Clarence and Lula Grace Berry Wilson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Mason Lee Neely; one son and daughter-in-law Denzil Allen and Sharon Neely; one daughter Vicki Diane Sheppard; brother-in-law Gary Crites; and brothers and sisters Hobert, Monter, Carl, Doris, Millie, Esta Mae, Hildred and Vern.

She is survived by three grandsons:  S. Christopher and wife Angel Phillips, of Powell, Tenn., and their children Gabriel, Rebekah, Gideon, Tirzah, Hannah; Benjamin and wife Marisha Phillips, of Bruceton Mills, W. Va., and their children Ashlynn and Kaylan, and Brian Patrick Neely, of Manchester, N. H., and his children Colin, Claire and Cameron; son-in-law Richard N. Sheppard; and daughter Janet Starr Sheppard and partner James Moser, of Siler City, N. C..

Dora was the youngest of 10 children and is survived by her older brother Carroll “Art” Wilson, of Holly Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

Dora donated her time to many organizations across the area, which included Upshur County Parish House, Banks District Fire Department, Red Hat Society, SUBA, CEOs and set on the Board for Holly River State Park. 

She enjoyed the Arts and Crafts and spent many years painting and spending time helping others in the community. She was a member of the Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel on Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan and S. Christopher Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Rock Cave Cemetery. Online condolences may be extended to the Neely family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. The Neely family has entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services with funeral arrangements.

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