Gary loved photographing clouds and rainbows.
Gary Wayne Neal
  • 59 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 2, 1954
  • Date of passing: May 15, 2014
Let the memory of Gary be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gary Neal, 59, born on July 2, 1954 and passed away on May 15, 2014. We will remember him forever.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC. Gary dedicated his life to helping others by practicing medicine and conducting research. He was known for his inquisitive mind and generous spirit. He was also a lover of the outdoors, photography and music; an international traveler; an advocate for the underdog; a “mad scientist” of the best variety; a loving father and a cherished friend to many.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents George Thomas Neal and Edna Virginia Neal; sister Sheilah Neal Wallace and brother George Thomas Neal Jr. Gary is survived by his daughter, Arielle Neal; sister Patricia Neal; brother David Neal; nephew Jack Taylor, and niece Derinda Patrick Saucier.

Click here to see a slideshow of Gary's life. 
 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by sharon jones on 1st August 2016

"Well Dr Neal, I still miss you. Guess I didn't realize how blessed I was to have you as a doctor. I've often wished your daughter would follow in your footsteps and become as great a doctor as you were. And if she should, I sure hope she will take me as a patient!  I miss our talks, and I miss you. Rest in peace, dear friend."

This tribute was added by janice jackson on 5th July 2016

"Dr neal, it is me janice, one of your many loving patients and good friends. You will never know how much you helped me! I so enjoyed talking to you even when we were debating politics while you were showing me something under the microscpe! You were not only my doctor, but a wonderful friend and i always wanted to help you as i know you were often in pain yourself! At least we had some great laughs! You are very much missed my friend and i know now that you are in that wonderful place where only joy, peacefulness and no pain exists. Bless you my wonderful friend!"

This tribute was added by Tell Burke on 2nd July 2016

"Well, Gary, old Son, really am beginning to miss you more as of late, what with all the whatchamadogits and whichamadigits that Wellmont is starting to find with my abnormalcys! As food for thought; half. Colonoscopy was done and now, they want to do other half; an aortal aneurysm @ 4.7 was found ; found nodule on lung , can't remove and find out if cancer yet due to catching flu, then slapped down with having to homestead the toilet room due to adverse reactions of antibiotics, and now trying to kill the bad guys with different round of antibiotics; finally doing some kind of "gram" on my neck areas after super dizziness from looking up into peach and apple trees to check on fruit !  Yeah, old Son, saying I missed you would be a huge understatement!  We both know it's not really due to all the aforementioned stuff! It's the few minutes of"what's up with you" stuff that I really miss!Maybe soon  Gary!"

This tribute was added by Tell Burke on 16th May 2016

"Even now Gary I think of you almost daily and still grieve about you. I realize it's a selfish emotion, but, true emotions are in their nature, uncontrollable. Really miss you old son! In retrospect, appointments with you are the only Doctor's appointments I ever looked forward to and sorely miss them!"

This tribute was added by kathaleen baker on 15th May 2016

"I can't believe it's been 2 years without you. I think about you quite often and miss you. I pass by your office and wonder if you knew how much you were loved and are missed. Missing you much."

This tribute was added by Tell Burke on 2nd December 2014

"Gary, Of all the words spoken of you in other memorials, the ones I picked up on were love and respect ! You touched all our hearts and lives in such a profound way that mere words are ineffectual in describing our feelings of you ! I've avoided this for probably too long now Gary and truthfully feel inadequate in attempting to say simply,I love you old son and miss you each and every day ? I'll talk with you tonight in hopes of hearing you speak back! Put in a word for me there so maybe we can chat some more!"

This tribute was added by Patricia Neal on 14th August 2014

"Gary, I love you. I miss you so much.. You were always there for me. I am so blessed to have you as a brother. You embraced life. You were so funny and always supportive of me. When I see the slideshow of your life, my heart breaks that you are not still with us, but I'm glad you aren't suffering. I love and miss you so much. We all do. Besides your laughter, and interesting life, I remember most how you loved Arielle, being such a proud father,brushing Arielle's hair when she was little , putting together birthday parties, being the only father at activities,, and seeing her through college and expressing how proud you were of her. Gary, I remember how you said you didn't know what you would have done without her when she stepped up to help you and care for you during your illness. Arielle doesn't have you right now but you both got to spend the time together there in your last year with your love bonding even closer than ever before, father and daughter, forever. That's my best memory and what I shared with everyone through the years was the father you were to Arielle . More than all of Your other accomplishments, I think you were most proud of being her father. Derinda,Logan and the rest of us miss you so much, and my heart breaks you had to suffer so much and leave us so soon.
When Arielle is visiting at holidays, I will always see you and her preparing the meal with Arielle smiling while you talk enthusiastically about  politics, ideas, or answering mine or Aunt Myrtle's health questions. You left some wonderful memories. I love you. See you later.."

This tribute was added by Robert Bouton on 21st July 2014

"Dr. Neal, we as two of your very first patients wanted to let you know how very much you meant to Rosetta and I. You always were so caring and so compassionate and never gave up till you found the answers to bring us the help we needed. Rosetta has said many times over what a wonderful friend, doctor, and mentor you were to her. You are loved and sadly missed by the both of us and we both feel sure you can NEVER be replaced.... It is our prayer that God has a special place in heaven just for you, you deserve it........"

This tribute was added by Robert Bouton on 21st July 2014

"My Dear Friend, it is because of you and God's talent and wisdom which He gave you that I am even here. You saved my life, you cared for me as no doctor has ever done and I feel sure no other ever will. I was so devastated to learn of your passing it was such a sad day. I lost more than a doctor, I lost a dear and beloved friend and a first class doctor who cared for his patients and gave of himself for their betterment even when it was taking a toll on his own health. I am writing this IN HONOR of you and am fighting back tears of heartbreak at losing someone so dear to me. Please know that you are highly respected, dearly loved, and so desperately missed. No doctor will ever be able to stand in your shoes.... I love you doc....."

This tribute was added by sharon jones on 21st July 2014

"Dr Neal how I miss you! I know that you were in a lot of pain yourself, but you gave as much of yourself as you could to your patients. You were not just a doctor... you were a friend and you will be deeply missed. RIP my friend..... you have surely earned it."

This tribute was added by sandra sheffield on 20th July 2014

"Dr. Neal was my Dr. Ever since he took over for Carol Dewey and he was a good friend I sure will miss him so much rest in peace my friend"

This tribute was added by Diana Cumbo on 20th July 2014

"I lost a great Doctor and and greater friend..He always had my back. He would spend hours trying to find the answers. He can't be replaced..no one  can match him..You will be missed my friend..You fought a brave fight with your own health issues..You never dropped the ball or was too busy or unconcerned...Rest  Well my friend ....You have earned it.."

This tribute was added by Connie Johns on 20th July 2014

"dr. neal was a good doctor. I have had 2 hip replacements and he was there for me. I will miss him dearly. rest in peace my friend"

This tribute was added by Angie McClellan on 5th July 2014

"Dr Neal was my dad's dr for many years and my dad loved this man deeply his name is Jack Mcclellan I too started going to him for a couple of years til he got me the help I needed. My Dad trusted no one but Dr Neal now we are so devastated by his passing and there will be no other like Dr Neal they broke the mold when they made him. You will be missed and I hope me and dad will see you some day! Forever in our thoughts and prayers"

This tribute was added by Kim Wyatt on 5th July 2014

"Happy 1st Birthday in Heaven Gary Neal. I know that you are having a blast & free from pain. We Love & Miss you. I think of you everyday. I Miss My Dear Friend So Much!!!"

This tribute was added by scott baker on 4th July 2014

"Dr Neal was a great caring man and doctor he understood my problems and took the time to ask about my family and mesometimes the conversations got long winded but he really genuinely cared about his patients and did everything he could 2 try and make them feel better I'll never find another doctor like him and I knew he one in a million I was shocked and saddened the day I found out what had happenedhe will be missed and now he's in a place where he feels no more pain andcan genuinely enjoy a pain free life or after lifew as he use to say I know you used to tell me his mission in life was to help his patients were other doctors wouldn'tand he did and for this all of his patientsare  grateful my prayers for his family and good friends one great doctor and man has moved on to another life and hopefully continue to bring his compassion to wherever his soul is ..... You will be missed but not forgotten my good friend"

This tribute was added by david doss on 2nd July 2014

"Dr Neal I agree with Alisha happy first birthday in heaven me and Mary sure do miss you, I loved talking to you about all the things going on in the world and your believes on politics. we miss you so much you were a true friend to us. I hope your family can find comfort in knowing how you helped people get healthy......"

This tribute was added by Alisha Carter on 2nd July 2014

"Happy 1st Birthday in heaven Dr. Neal.... I'm sure you are having the time of your life! I love and miss you... Think of you daily!"

This tribute was added by Jack Taylor on 2nd July 2014

"Gary was not just an uncle, he was a friend.  he helped me in many situations that I couldn't have made it without him.
I was thinking of a funny time when he bought a parachute to pull behind a boat.  we drug each other over that shoreline many many times! we never got up but it was funny to drag each other and laugh together!
you ARE LOVED, AND MISSED.

ARIELLE  I expect many more laughs together.  I love you!"

This tribute was added by colleen greenway on 23rd June 2014

"Dr neal working with you was an honor you are an amazing teacher dr and friend. You are so missed by many.  You took care of others befor you tended to your own wellness. You will never beforgotten.  Ill always keep our taljs close to my heart. Thank you so much for all you have done.."

This tribute was added by Leanna Bunn on 13th June 2014

"ITS ME DR. GARY NEAL,
I AM SO SORRY THAT YOU DIDNT LISTEN TO STEVEN AND I ABOUT GOING TO YOUR OWN DR FOR HELP IN YOUR OWN ILLNESSES BUT I UNDERSTAND NOW. YOU COULDNT TAKE THE TIME OFF FOR YOURSELF, AND NOW THERE REALLY ISNT SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE BECAUSE THEY DONT HAVE COMPASSION AND KINDNESS THAT YOU HAD. I WISHED I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE WHEN YOU TOOK THOSE OATHE S , YOU TOOK THEM TO HEART AND THESE DOCTORS ARE NOT SEEING THERE PATIANTS THEY ARE USING NURSEPRCTIONERS.USING PAIN MANAGEMENT AS AN EXCUSE. DOCTORS ARE TAKING FRIDAYS OFF ALONG WITH THE DENTISTS, I HAVE NOT SEEN A DOCTOR YET. AND THE HAVE KNOCKED MY MEDS
THREE ARE GONE AND MY OWN ONLY PAIN MED IS 2 A DAY
..... YOU KNEW MY HEART WAS GOING AND TRIED TO HELP
BUT YOUR HEART LEFT BEFORE MINE.
I MISS YOUR KINDNESS AND SENSITIVITY  AND GENEROSITY.
IT WASNT JUST FOR ME YOU LOVE US, (STEVEN AND I) IF THERE WAS EVER ANY UNFEELING OR NEGATIVITY, YOU DIDNT SHOW IT, YOU ACCEPTED OUR HONESTY AS WE DID YOURS. YOUR INTELLIGENCE AND CAPABILITIES WITH ALL THE GIFTS THAT GOD GAVE YOU, YOU DIDNT LOOK DOWN ON  ME OR ANYONE ELSE, YOU SAW DEEPER THAN MOST PEOPLE HAVE THE TENDENCIES TO JUST LOOK AT THE FACE BUT NOT THE EYES.FOR THE TRUTH.
YOU REMEMBER EVERY VISIT WE HAD, WITH OUT LORDING YOURSLEF OVER US BECAUSE OF YOUR CAPABILITIES. YOU COULD CALM THE STORM BEFORE IT WOULD RAIN IN MY LIFE.
I GUESS THE GOOD ONE REALLY DIE YOUNG. YOU TOLD ME YOU WOULD ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF THIS BODY, AND I BELIEVED YOU. I AM SORRY HOW YOU AND DOCTOR CAROL DEWEY WERE TREATED IN THE COMMUNITY OF OTHER ILLITERATE DOCTORS OF THIS AREA OF THE TRI-CITIES, WHO ARE HIDING BEHIND THEIR DOCTO RATE PIECE OF PAPER THAT ACTUALLY SHOULD BE BURNT, ANDB BE KICKED OUT OF THE OAK AND CHERRY OFFICES.!  GARY, I HOPE AND PRAY FOR WHAT FAITH, RELIGION  THAT YOU TRUSTED HAS LET YOU IN TO A GOOD PLACE BECAUSE YOU REALLY TRIED TO BE THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITIES TO DO GOOD, WHAT EVER IS SAID ABOUT YOU, I FORGIVE THEM FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU, AND CAROL WOULD HAVE. I CRIED FOR DOCTOR CAROL WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT SHE PASSED ON, BUT FOR YOU, I AM ANGRY BECAUSE OF HOW MEAN THIS GROUP OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE GOVERMENT IS DOING TO THE SICK, THE HURTING AND THE LAME , YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, YOU KNEW THAT IT  WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. THOSE IN YOUR FAMILY I AM TRULY SORRY FOR THEIR LOSS, AND FOR YOUR PATIENCE I WANT TO SAY IM SO SORRY FOR WHO WE LOST. GOD BLESS  YOU AND HELP YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THE WITHDRAWLS OF HAVING NOTHING & NO HELP OF PERSONAL , AND I PRAY YOU ALL FIND SOMEONE WHO CARES IN THE LINE OF CARING AND RESPECT THAT WAS GIVEN BY DOCTOR GARY NEAL AND CAROL DEWEY, DOCTORS THAT WAS SHUNNED BY THIER OWN COMMUNITY{doctor and nurses} . WELL DOCTOR NEAL, YOU HAVE OUR RESPECT IF THAT COUNTS. IF I AM DOWN AND OUT READY TO CRY AND GIVE UP ON THIS WORLD, I WILLTALK, THE FATHER & WRITE TO YOU IF YOUR LINE IS STILL OPEN.       leanna."

This tribute was added by kathaleen baker on 6th June 2014

"I first met Dr. Neal in 2007 and he never stopped helping me. He believed in my illness. He became my friend. I will never find another doctor like him. I will never forget the long political debates we would have lol. He was so smart. Greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend."

This tribute was added by Mark Hamelink Sr on 5th June 2014

"I became Dr Neal's patient when he took over Dr Dewey's practice. I really appreciated how he always took the time to make sure you understood what was going on with your health and when the standard medicine or procedures didn't work - he searched for something that would!        
Not sure I'll ever find another doctor as good and as friendly as Dr Neal. He will be missed! It saddens me that he died all alone."

This tribute was added by jennifer good on 4th June 2014

"Dr. Neal, you will be greatly missed.  You would sit with me as long as it took to properly diagnose me and that is a true rarity in the medical profession.  I will miss you."

This tribute was added by sudhakar bhatt on 31st May 2014

"Gary has always been a part of my family.His dynamism,generosity,and affection touched me deeply during many days I was lucky to spend with him during wonderful unionsof our family..I live and linger with these memories.....Sudhakar, father of Devyani ,a big part of Gary's life"

This tribute was added by Kim Wyatt on 30th May 2014

"Dr. Neal was not only My Dr. he was a very loving friend that always took the time to tend to whatever your needs were if it took 1 or 3 hrs. He has kept me walking for the last 2 yrs and I even got My Husband Tony to go to see Dr.Neal after 9 yrs of pushing him. Because Dr.Neal Made him feel comfortable. We both had a special bond with Gary. We will miss your stories, the last one you told us about being a firefighter just a few days before you passed. You will forever be admired & loved in Our Hearts & Forever Missed. R.I.P. Dr. Gary Neal You Earned Your Wings Now You are Flying Free. We Miss you so Very Much. There will never be another Man or Dr or Beloved Friend as you."

This tribute was added by betty fillers on 30th May 2014

"Dr Neal was not only my dr ,but also a friend.he was my dr for many years it didn't matter how long of time dr Neal had to spend with you .you did not leave his office until he found your problem .i don't think we will ever find another dr as good and smart as dr Neal. I don't think my husband eddie would of been here if it had not been for dr Neal caring for him.what a great dr to leave all of us we loved you dr Neal and miss you rip."

This tribute was added by Don Corvin on 30th May 2014

"DR NEAL  was a friend as well as a great doctor . he will be greatley missed by all of us who were his patient's and friend's. there will never be another man or doctor like him. we miss you."

This tribute was added by Crystal Jackson on 29th May 2014

"I was one of Dr. Neal's first patients when he came to Bristol and I was also one of the last patients he seen before he passed. Not only was he my doctor but he was also a friend. I could talk to him about anything and he would always listen. There will never be another doctor who can take his place. I already miss him like crazy. He was truly one of the best. RIP Dr.Neal! Love always the Jackson's!!"

This tribute was added by Jane Greer on 29th May 2014

"Dr. Neal was a dear friend and a great doctor to me and my husband. He is missed every day. He would go out of his way to help anyone and he helped me a lot. I still can't believe he is gone. But heaven gained a saint while we lost our  friend. Our prayers are with his family now, peace and comfort to you . Sincerely Jane Greer and Bobby"

This tribute was added by Judy Wright on 29th May 2014

"Dr. Gary Neal was the most wonderful caring doctor I have ever known. He meant so much to my family and we will truly miss him. No one can even describe the man he was. He not only was a great doctor but also a friend to his patients. You will never be forgotten Dr. Neal!"

This tribute was added by Alisha Carter on 29th May 2014

"I will miss Dr. Neal so very much!! I am at a loss for words as I have lost a very good Friend, co worker/ boss, and Doctor. He was one of the most caring, intelligent, and compassionate Doctors I have ever met. They sure broke the mold when they made him!!! There will never be another like him that's for sure!!"

This tribute was added by Steven Bunn on 29th May 2014

"DR. NEAL IS AND WAS A MAN TO REMEMBER. HE BECAME MY DOCTOR IN 2008 AND HE WAS ALWAYS TRYING TO DEVELOP WAYS TO HELP ME AND OTHERS. HE PURCHASED A MACHINE I CALLED 'THE RACK'. IT WAS DESIGNED TO HELP TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF OF YOUR BACK. I HAD MISSED A STEP TO MISS STEPING ON A CAT AND INJURED MY ALREADY INJURED BACK. I WAS IN SEVERE PAIN AND COULD BARELY WALK. I WAS OUT A MONTH FROM WORK AND HE HAD ME COME IN EVERYDAY AND PUT ME ON THE RACK WITHOUT CHARGE. IT NOT ONLY HELPED MY BACK BUT IT HELPED ME REGAIN 2" IN HEIGHT I LOST FROM COMPRESSION. HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND MY WIFE. HE WAS OUR FRIEND AS WELL AS OUR DOCTOR. GOD BLESS YOU DR. GARY NEAL. WE WILL KEEP A SPOT FOR YOU IN OJR HEARTS."

This tribute was added by Steven Bunn on 29th May 2014

"RATED AS A DOCTOR IN OUR LIFE. HE WAS A 10 ALONG WITH DR. CAROL DEWEY WHOM HE TOOK OVER HER PRACTICE. THEY WERE COMPASSIONATE AND CARING OF THEIR PATIENTS BOTH LISTENING AND REMEMBERING WHAT THEIR CONVERSATIONS WERE ABOUT. THEY TOOK CARE OF THEIR PATIENTS WITHOUT TAKING CARE OF THEIRSELVES. OREVOU MONE MI AND STILL CANT GET OVER THE LOSS OF MY FRIEND. LOVE LEANNA WILSON BUNN"


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