Pvt Odell W. Neeley

1931

Pvt. Odell W. Neeley was born on 01 May 1931 in South Carolina, USA as a child of Jesse E. Neeley and Maggie Heath Neeley.

1940

Odel Nealey was counted in the census on 03 Apr 1940 in Olympia, Richland, South Carolina, USA , as a 9-year-old, male, single, white, son. Also in the home was his father, Jessie Nealey; his mother, Maggie Nealey; and his brothers, Clement Nealey, and Oran Nealey.

1950

Pvt. Odell W. Neeley died on 19 Aug 1950 in Korea. He was buried on 27 Aug 1951 in Elgin, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA at Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.

1951

Blaney Rites Sunday For Pvt. Nealy

Funeral services for Pvt. Odell W. Neely of Columbia will be conducted Sunday, August 27, 1951 at 5 p.m. at the Highway Pentecostal Holiness church near Blaney and burial will be in the churchyard with full military honors. The body of Private Neely was to arrive here today. He was killed in Korea August 19, 1950.

Private Neely enlisted in the army in January 1949, and received his basic training at Tacoma, Wash. He landed in Korea, August 4, 1950, and was assigned to battery B of the 37th field artillery battalion. He was killed 15 days after he landed in Korea.

Survivors include his mother and father, Mrs. and Mrs. J. E. Nealy of Columbia; two sisters; Mrs. Ora Goff and Miss Ann Nealy, both of Columbia and one brother, Olin Nealy of Columbia.

Private Nealy’s Rites Sunday Near Blaney

The body of Pvt. Odell W. Nealy, 19, of 1024 Dreyfuss road, Columbia, who was killed in Korea August 19, 1950, will arrive in Columbia at 8:05 this morning.

Private Neely enlisted in the army in January 1949, and received his basic training at Tacoma, Wash. He landed in Korea, August 4, 1950, and was assigned to battery B of the 37th field artillery battalion. He was killed 15 days after he landed in Korea.

Survivors include his mother and father, Mrs. and Mrs. J. E. Nealy of Columbia; two sisters; Mrs. Ora Goff and Miss Ann Nealy, both of Columbia and one brother, Olin Nealy of Columbia.

Funeral services will be held at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the Highway Pentecostal Holiness church near Blaney, conducted by the Rev. L. E. Walling, assisted by the Rev. C. B. Bigby. Interment will follow in church yard with full military honors.

The body of Private Neely will remain at the Thompson funeral home until the time of the services.

Pvt. O. W. Neely’s Funeral Set Near Blaney Today

Pvt. Odell W. Neely

Funeral services for Pvt. Odell W. Neely, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Neely of Columbia, who was killed in Korea, August 19, 1950, will be conducted at 5 o’clock this afternoon from the Highway Pentecostal Holiness church of Blaney.

Interment will full military honors will be conducted from the churchyard. Private Neely is the first casualty of the Korean war to be returned to Columbia.

Private Neely enlisted during January of 1949, and received his basic training at Tacoma, Wash. He landed in Korea, August 4, 1950, and was assigned to battery B of the 37th field artillery battalion. He was killed only 15 days after he landed in the war theatre.

His survivors in addition his parents, include two sisters; Mrs. Ora Goff and Miss Ann Neely, both of Columbia and one brother, Olin Neely of Columbia.

The funeral party will leave the Thompson Funeral home at 3:45 p.m.

Funeral Invitations

NEELEY – The relatives and friends of PVT. W. NEELEY, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Neeley and family are invited to attend the funeral services of the former PVT. ODELL NEELEY, 5 O’clock THIS (Sunday) AFTERNOON from Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church, near Blaney, S. C. Interment will follow in the church yard.

Services Held For First Area Korean Death

Pvt. Odell Neely, the first Korean war casualty to be returned to the Columbia area, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in services held with full military honors from the Highway Pentecostal Holiness church of Blaney.

Private Neely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Neeley, was killed in Korea in August of 1950 after having been in the war area only 15 days.

His surivors, in addition to his parents, include two sisters; Mrs. Ora Goff and Miss Ann Neely, both of Columbia and one brother, Olin Neely of Columbia.

August 25, 1951  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
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Located in Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Patricia Johnson
Located in Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Patricia Johnson

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