John Paul O'Neal

  • Born: January 29, 1944
  • Died: November 1, 2011
  • Location: Port Arthur, Texas

Levingston Funeral Home - Port Neches

2001 Nall
Port Neches, TX 77651

Tel. (409) 722-0253

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Paul O'Neal passed away on November 1, 2011 at his residence in Port Arthur, Texas. John was born on January 29, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to Dr. J. Paul and Meta O'Neal. He spent his childhood years in Alabama and graduated from Covington County High School in 1962. John attended Auburn University where he received his degree in Chemical Engineering and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. After graduating Auburn in 1968, he returned to Texas and began his 10 year career with Unocal. During his time at Unocal he earned his position as Light Oils Superintendent. While employed at Unocal, John married Donita Burkett on February 20, 1976. They shared a love of the water, boating and saltwater fishing. A few years after they were married, John joined Donita as owner of Burkett's Jewelry. The following years blessed John with his only daughter, Holly, and many customers who became close friends. Even after retirement, he arrived at work each day to share laughs and stories with customers. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Memorial Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the funeral home with Rev. Peter J. Cammarano, Jr. officiating. He is preceded in death by his wife, Donita Burkett O'Neal; his parents, and sister, Ann O'Neal. He is survived by his only daughter and son in law, Holly & Chad Bradberry of Groves, Texas; granddaughter, Laurel Gail Bradberry of Groves, TX; and mother in law, Kathy Burkett of Port Neches, Texas. His survivors also include many other relatives, as well as, a large circle of friends and neighbors. The family would like to express their great appreciation for the expressions of love, sympathy, and help during this time of grief. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Auburn Alumni Association, Leukemia Society or Alzheimer's Foundation.


Condolence & Memory Journal

John and I shared an office at Unocal in 1968 and worked together for his entire time there. He was a capable leader respected by both the workers and the management at the plant. John knew that I collected watches and years after we went our different ways he saw a watch he knew that I would want and got it for me; it is one of my prized possessions. A great guy to work with and a really thoughtful person. I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Tom

Posted by Tom Hawthorne - Kirbyville, TX   November 09, 2011

Holly, It was such a shock to read about your dear father's death in the paper. John was a dear and kind man who made everyone feel welcome in the store, and his genuine thoughtfulness will be missed by all who knew him. Please know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find some comfort knowing your mom and dad are together now.

Posted by Celeste and Jesse Flores - Port Neches, TX   November 08, 2011

We will miss your kind and thoughtful manner.

Posted by Adele Vokolek - Deerfield Beach, FL   November 08, 2011


Posted by CINDY LEE - BRIDGE CITY, TX   November 08, 2011

Dear Holly,Chad and precious Laurel,We were shocked to read about Mr.O'Neil's death!!!He was such a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone who knew him! Please, know that you all have our love and deepest sympathy!!! We regret that we will not be able to be with you all Tuesday evening due to a business trip to Alabama!You will be close in our thoughts and prayers! Love, Floyd and Francine Gaspard

Posted by Floyd and Francine Gaspard - Port Arthur,, TX   November 07, 2011

Holly, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you, Chad, and Laurel are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Amy and Allen Morrisette - Greenville, NC   November 06, 2011

We will all miss our dear friend, John. Love Norma Ann

Posted by Norma Lowrey - Magnolia, TX   November 04, 2011

To Holly and family I am remembering that my Mother called John "her son" because she had no sons and he was so close to us as family. We Peacock sisters had an especially close relationship with John as children and missed seeing him when the geography kept us apart. Even though we don't see you, Chad, and Laurel often, please know we love you too. May God's peace and comfort be with you as you need it in the days ahead.

Posted by Judy Peacock - Crestview, FL   November 04, 2011