Neil Edward Dailey, age 84, of Hamilton Mill, Georgia, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2022, at Arbor Terrace after a courageous battle of several years with COPD.
Neil was born on January 7, 1938, to Leonard Parker and Sara L. McKenney Dailey, the fourth of five children. He grew up in Clinton, SC, and was very active in Troop 111, B.S.A in Clinton. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the God & Country Award. He graduated from Clinton High School and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Upon his return to Clinton, he enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve where he began his career at Donaldson AFB as a crew member on C-119 and C-124 aircraft. He eventually rose to the rank of M/Sgt and retired as the base training NCO, 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base in 1998.
He married Myra Carole Bedenbaugh in 1960 and took a job in Dublin, GA as a District Scout Executive. As his family grew, he moved with his family to Columbus, GA where he took a job in the moving/relocation industry. Later, he and his family moved to Alpharetta, GA with the moving business. There he was active in several different civic clubs and organizations in the Atlanta area as well as the Air Force Reserve. He retired from Suddath International, Norcross, GA in his early seventies.
Neil was a “people person” and there was no greater enjoyment for him than to engage in conversations and social gatherings with friends, former classmates and family and listen to stories and life experiences of others. He particularly enjoyed humorous stories of others and was an accomplished storyteller in his own right.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Frank Dailey and George Dailey of Clinton, SC. He is survived by his sister Martha D. Goode, brother Joseph P. Dailey (Mary Jane), former wife Carole, son Robert Edward Dailey, daughter Joan Ellen D. Towles (Doyle), and son Charles Scott Dailey. His grandchildren whom he adored are Meredith Dailey, Parker Towles and Ruby Grace Dailey.
An interment service with military honors will be conducted for Neil in Clinton, SC at Rosemont Cemetery, Hwy 56 at Willard Road/Hwy 72 on Saturday, May 14 from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM. Family, friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rutherford County Veterans Honor Guard, Peter E. McCann Sr – Commander, 564 Terry Road, Ellenboro, NC 28040 or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grayfuneralhome.com.
Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is assisting the family of Neil Edward Dailey with arrangements.