Charles (Chuckie Boy) C. Neely of Ponca City has gone to heaven. He was 74 years old. He was born to John Pete Neely and Media Belle Davis Neely on January 22, 1944 in Gridley, California. He passed at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:55 in the evening.
Chuckie Boy enjoyed camping and fishing. He always grew a large garden and enjoyed cooking for his family from items he harvested. He fried almost everything but it was delicious. He is survived by his daughter, Tina McGee and husband David of Ponca City,stepson Mike Croley, Sisters Betty Myers of Ponca City, Joyce Epperson and husband Shelby of Republic, Missouri, Linda Arnold of Ponca City, Pamela Savage and husband James of Blackwell, brother Johnny Neely of Ponca City, numerous nieces and nephews, a host of extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Marvin John Neely and Jim Neely, sisters Patsy Brown and Ruby Cauthon, three grandchildren John, Rodney, and Angel Kear.
Chuckie Boy will be available for visitation on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The family will be present to receive friends and guests on Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00. A funeral service under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Ponca City. Burial will follow at the IOOF (Odd Fellows ) Cemetery in Tonkawa, OK. Pallbearers for the service will include Brent Arnold, Kyle Arnold, Drew Arnold, Charlie Epperson, John Cauthon, and Billy Dean Cauthon, Thad Burns, JD Brown, John Neely, Harry Myers, Jimmy Neely, and Jeff Neely. Honorary bearers will include B Battery 6th Missile Battalion 562nd Artillery and D&P Tank Services.
To the family of Charles (Chuckie-Boy) Neely, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to you, at his sudden transition, I am deeply grieved upon learning of his demise.
I first met Chuck in March 1962, at ATC, (Army Training Center), Fort Bliss, Texas. We spent a month up on the hill, as we called it, training, taking classes & tests, pulling K.P., guard duty, cleaning, & police call, before we moved to main post, the 2400 area, into B Battery 6 Missile Battalion 562nd Artillery. Chuck was 19 years old & I was 24. Chuck would always try to bum cigaretts off me near the end of the month before payday. I refused him and all the other bummers most of the time, citing that they made as much money as I did, but were always broke at end of the month. Besides they always gave away free cigarettes at the USO club every Sunday morning.
We trained as a unit until October, we achieved the highest score in accuracy for firing the Hawk Missile, a record, never to be broken until this day. We loaded our equipment onto trains, took our leaves and met again at Ft. Hamilton NY on Dec. 18, 1962. Got on the USS Upshur, and sailed across the rough Atlantic in the Winter, a 9 day cruise to Bremerhaven, Germany, sans the luxuries, never to be forgotten. Snow kept us in Bremerhaven for 4 or 5 days, then we trucked our equipment to Kassel, Germany for an overnight stop, then on to Bad Hersfeld, where we were billeted.
Chuck was in my section, we were Fire control operators(MOS 176) in charge of 1 of 2 CWIR radars. We bunked together in the barracks, and at the radar whenever we went to the field for maneuvers. We had the most fun in the field, we started carrying beer to field in our OVM boxes of our trucks. After awhile everyone started doing it, After the command found out about it, they started carrying cases out to the field & selling it, & putting the money into the battery fund.
Chuck came up with the idea of digging a pit surrounding it with our big radar tent, building a fire and cooking some steaks pilfered from the mess trailer. Well that didn’t last too long, because too many people found out about it, so we quit before reared it’s ugly head. We always had beer in the field or we knew where to get it. We never got blasted, and we always carried out our duties with diligence and skill & got high marks for our drills.
I left B Battery in January 1965, and on many occasions wondered about Chuckie-Boy Neely from Ponca City , OK. I got a phone call in November 1994, the voice on the other end said “Robert, do you know this is?”, I said yeah, I’d know that voice anywhere the one and only Charles Chuckie-Boy Neely. After catching up on things he said, “If I could get some of these guys together for a reunion, would you come?” I said without a doubt. I asked him if he had a roster, he said no, that his second wife had burned up all his military memorabilia, I told him I’d send him a copy of the old roster I had plus copies of all the photos I had. After he received the roster, he called me in December and said he had found 46 of the old B Battery members. He called me again in January 1995 he said he had found 60 members & he had talked to Tom Edmondson, & Tom Anderson, and they were planning a reunion is April in Louisville, KY. I said send me the information, and I would be there. The rest is history, I’ve made every reunion, and every Tampa. FL meeting, only missing one Tampa because of medical reasons. Chuck and I have had some great conversations over the years, and we’ve always ended them with both of us saying I love you brother. Exactly the way we ended our last conversation in January 2018.
People who met Chuck never forgot him, he was simply unforgettable. I know the Neely family, his friends, acquaintances, and B Battery buddies will miss the joke teller (he had a million of them), the organizer, the barbecuer & deep fryer (he loved dropping all kinds of goodies in a pot of boiling hot oil & they were really good. He was an all around lovable guy, who loved doing things for his family, friends, & even strangers. He was that kind of guy. Well Neely family, and friends our lost is GOD’S gain. He’s at the big reunion now, and it goes on & on and never stops.There are many of his family, relatives, friends and B Battery members for him to enjoy eternity with May GOD bless you, shine his loving light upon you to heal your grieving and broken hearts. Chuckie-Boy is doing just great.
THEIR JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN
Don't think of him as gone away,
his journey has just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears,
in a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days and years.
Think of how he must be wishing
that we could know today,
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.
Robert M. GarriestPhila., PA
Sending our love and condolences on the loss of your father.
He was always a good Dad.
Uncle Don and Aunt HelenPonca City, OK
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. We have lost a good friend
Bob HoodRowlett, TX