James Neal Eller
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James Neal Eller
  • February 24, 1945 - November 29, 2017
  • Canton, Georgia

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James Neal Eller passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at his home in Canton, Georgia after a rapidly deteriorating diagnosis of cancer of the esophagus that had spread to his liver.

Born in Kennesaw in 1945, he graduated with honors from North Cobb High School. As a young man, Neal was involved with Kennesaw Mountain Beagle Club, Kennesaw First Baptist Church, and explored various careers from the assembly line at Lockheed to owning a mechanic shop with his brother in law, Kenneth Barrett. He then served 28 years as a Cobb County Fire Fighter where he exercised his greatest strength; helping people. For more than 40 years, in addition to and after retirement from the Fire Fighter career, he owned an underground lawn sprinkler business which he continued to run until his passing.

Neal loved people and enjoyed the company of friends from all walks of life. He never met a stranger and could talk at length with anyone. During his service as a fire fighter, he was able to meet many life-long friends within the fire department and community. He loved to laugh and to make other people laugh. He was deeply loved by his family and many friends.

He is preceded in death by many family members and friends including his parents, Morgan and Nellie Mae Eller, his brother Earl Eller, his brother Harold Eller, his beloved cousin Mitchell Eller, his brother in law Kenneth Barrett, and his soul mate Janie Reeves Eller.

He is survived by his daughter, Jo Eller, her life partner Rob Hurst, his grandson Drew Baucom, and four grandchildren Joshua, Aaron, Adam, and Hope belonging to his step-son Tim McWhirter and his wife Robin. Also, sister Mary Barrett, brother Hugh Eller, sister in law Diane Eller, nieces and nephews including Renee Fielden, Tim Fielden, Ken Barrett, Lori Barrett, Teresa Eller Morris, Jason Morris, Gene Eller, Kathy Eller, Jason Barrett, Ainsleigh Barrett, Mandi Barrett Shealey, Justin Shealey, Clint Eller, Michelle Mullinix, and many others.

A funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Neal Eller will be held at one o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Kennesaw City Cemetery.

A visitation with the family will take place from four o'clock in the afternoon until eight on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Winkenhofer Funeral Home. The second night of visitation with the family will take place from three o'clock in the afternoon until eight on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The following gentlemen have been requested to serve as pallbearers, Riccardo Segoura, Scott Pulliam, John Wallace, Frank Wigington, James "Bug" Black, Clint Eller. Honorary Pallbearers include, Kit Finley,
Craig Hunt, Jimmy Cornett.

Please visit www.winkenhoferpineridgefuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences with the family.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Neal Eller have been entrusted to the care of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway Kennesaw, GA 30152.