Skip to content

Obituary - G.L. McNeill



     Mr. Lawrence (G.L.) McNeill, 87, of Andalusia, AL, died Thursday, July 29, 2010 at his home after an extended illness. Funeral services for Mr. McNeill will be held on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 11:00am at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Alfred Ikner will officiate. Interment will be in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mrs. Beverly McNeill of Andalusia; a daughter, Shirley McNeill of Andalusia; three grandchildren, Chris McNeill of Andalusia, Amanda Smith of Andalusia and Lance McNeill of Florala; four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; a brother, Carlisle Jones and wife Betty of Jacksonville, Florida and a sister, Radie Welch of Mobile, AL. Mr. McNeill was preceded in death by his son, Danny McNeill.

Mr. McNeill and his wife moved to Florala from Hartford in the mid 1940’s and started McNeill Concrete. Three years later, he moved to Andalusia and opened a concrete plant in Andalusia. In 1952, he received the franchise from Wilbert Burial Vaults out of Chicago, Illinois, and started manufacturing Wilbert Burial Vaults, covering an area of 21 counties in Alabama and Northwest Florida from Clanton all the way to the Gulf Coast. Today McNeill, Inc. is still owned and operated by the McNeill family and provides concrete, burial vaults, septic tank systems and other concrete related products from plants in Montgomery, Andalusia and Florala.

In addition to his passion for hard work, Mr. McNeill was an avid walking horse breeder, trainer and showman. He joined the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association in 1977 and was one of it’s oldest members. He has owned several world champion walking horses through the years and has won many honors with his horses. He owned three 2009 World Champions including She's One Hot Tamale, Jazz Country and Last Dollar to name a few.

Mr. McNeill was a member of the Wilbert Burial Vault Manufacturers Association, The National Burial Vault Association, The National Ready Mix Association, The Alabama Walking Horse Association, The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association and the Alabama Waste Water Board. Mr. McNeill semi-retired several years back but always stayed active in the business until his health forced him to completely retire a few years back. Pallbearers will be Larry Stewart, Randy Wright, Johnny Stewart, Carl Davis, Max Matthews and Tex Smith. The body will lie in state at 5pm Sunday at Foreman Funeral Home.

More Stories

  • TWHBEA postpones election until February 6th

    The executive committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) met yesterday and made the decision to postpone the elections for the new executive committee until February 6, 2021... Read More
  • Kentucky After Christmas Sale postpones until 2022

    Due to circumstances and restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kentucky After Christmas Sale will cancel its 2021 sale and look forward to continuing its tradition in 2022. The sale will be on the weekend of Saturday February 5, 2022 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Read More
  • USDA declines use of new pad material

    Earlier this show season the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA) petitioned the USDA to allow use of a new pad material.  The new material was a “compressed rubber” material and as such was thought to be allowed under current regulations. Read More
  • 2020 Readers' Choice Ballot

    You don't have to be a member of anything to vote for your favorite horses, exhibitors, trainers and shows in The 39th Annual Walking Horse Report Readers' Choice conducted by The Walking Horse Report... Read More
  • Celebration forms committee to help with class sheet

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) hosted the first meeting of its newly formed class sheet committee on November 23, 2020. The committee consists of Nathan Clark, Justin Jenne, Jennifer Bingham, Laurie Toone, Howard Hamilton and Amy Trimble. Read More
  • Obituary – Ferne Eileene (Bauer) Crawford

    Ferne Eileene Crawford, age 92 of Georgetown, Ohio died Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ripley, Ohio. Ferne was a LPN at the former Brown County General Hospital, a former member of the Georgetown Police Department, the Brown County Dispatch office and the Brown County Auditor’s office. Read More
  • Obituary – Dianne Green

    Mrs. Sara Dianne Green, age 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020... Read More
  • KWHA postpones annual banquet and meetings

    On November 23, 2020, the Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) Board of Director’s met and voted to postpone the annual banquet, dinner, and general meeting that was originally scheduled for January 8-9, 2021 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Kentucky.  Read More
  • Obituary – Elizabeth Gassaway

    Funeral services for Elizabeth Marie Hestle Gassaway, age 48, of the Wheel Community, will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Edgemont Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Murphree officiating and Laurie Toone speaking. Burial will follow at Jones Cemetery. Elizabeth passed from this life Thursday, November 26, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family. Read More
  • Latest Issue 11 23 20

    Read More