The Newnan Times-Herald


Mrs. Sara Shirey Neal

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 18, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Mrs. Sara Shirey Neal, 79, of Newnan/Franklin, GA passed away peacefully on April 16, 2017. 

Mrs. Neal was born March 24, 1938 in Franklin, daughter of Robert H. and Estelle Shirey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert H. Shirey Jr. 

She is survived by her devoted husband, James D. Neal; her loving children, Debbie Neal, Newnan, David (Lisa) Neal, Powder Springs, Angie (JB) Brown, Hogansville; her best friend and sister Gail Thrash (Dwayne) of Hogansville; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

She loved gardening, fishing and traveling; but her passion was spending time with her family. She had an incredible way of making everyone know they were important to her and loved. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and teasing, will never be forgotten. She was a member of Trinity Church in Sharpsburg. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 18, from 6-8 p.m. and the funeral services will held Wednesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, with a private burial service immediately following in Franklin. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Georgia Hospice 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240. Online condolences may be expressed at