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People remember former Mayor as man of faith

Former Tupelo Mayor Ed Neelly passed away this week at age 78. His funeral was held Saturday.

Posted: Feb 24, 2018 8:01 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2018 8:07 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Former Tupelo Mayor Ed Neelly passed away this week at age 78.

Many people gathered for his funeral at his home church First Presbyterian in Tupelo.

Although he grew up in Grenada, he spent a good portion of his life in Tupelo.

He served eight years in the Mississippi national guard, the United States Air Force Reserve and was active duty in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Neelly also worked in the commercial banking business for 44 years.

Friends who attended his funereal describe him as a well-known man of faith and one who cared deeply for his family.

Those who worked with him said he was passionate in everything he did.

In his remembrance, the state flag flew at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in Tupelo.

According to his obituary, Neelly is survived by the love of his life, Claudia and one son.

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