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In Memory of

Grady Neighbors

November 30, 1920 - March 30, 2015

Obituary


Grady Neighbors went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 94. Grady was born on November 30, 1920, to Cortis and Lela Neighbors of Clay County, Alabama. He was raised in a small farming area near Goodwater, Alabama. After moving to Andalusia, Alabama, at an early age, he helped his father at their grocery store where Grady would ride in his Dad's traveling store, which was a converted school bus. He would trade flour and other goods for chickens, eggs, and produce that would be...

Grady Neighbors went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 94. Grady was born on November 30, 1920, to Cortis and Lela Neighbors of Clay County, Alabama. He was raised in a small farming area near Goodwater, Alabama. After moving to Andalusia, Alabama, at an early age, he helped his father at their grocery store where Grady would ride in his Dad's traveling store, which was a converted school bus. He would trade flour and other goods for chickens, eggs, and produce that would be sold in the store. In high school, he ran on the track team and was known for his speed, believe it or not. His favorite class was Wood Shop where he formed a love for working with wood which became a lifelong hobby. After he finished high school, Grady trained to be a sheet-metal worker. When World War II broke out, he and many of his friends volunteered for the US Army. Before leaving for the war, he married his longtime sweetheart, Eula Mae Castleberry of Red Level, Alabama. Because of his former training, he was assigned to a Maintenance Group stationed in Hampton, England, repairing damaged ships during most of the war. He was actually going through the Panama Canal headed to the South Pacific when the war ended. The majority of his working career was spent in the sheet metal industry. In 1953, Grady moved his family to Chickasaw, Alabama, where he worked for several sheet metal companies. Before retiring in 1982, he spent his last 20 years working for Pascagoula Sheet Metal Works where he was the shop foreman. One of Grady's greatest joys was serving the Lord at the First Baptist Church of Chickasaw where he served as a Deacon. The most rewarding service was when he and Eula Mae taught and directed the 8 year-old Sunday School department for over 30 years. Later they joined First Baptist North Mobile after it was established in Saraland and continued serving the Lord there until his move to Houston in 2009. When Grady retired, he was introduced to the camping world. He and Eula Mae spent many years traveling all over the United States, but their favorite area was the Smokey Mountains. In 2009 Grady moved to Houston, Texas, where he continued to enjoy his many hobbies as well as many trips to Walmart and Whataburger. He is survived by his son and beloved daughter-in-law, Bill and Janie Neighbors of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Eula Mae in 1998. The family will receive friends at Radney Funeral Home in Saraland on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the memory of Grady Neighbors to the First Baptist North Mobile Missions Fund.