|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1887|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1971|
1st Lt Co B Machine Gun Battalion AEF France WWI
The True Citizen newspaper, October 6, 1917
FIRST WAYNESBORO BOY TO ARRIVE IN FRANCE
Lieut. Alvin W. Neely Cables His parents of His Safe Arrival
To Be Assigned for Duty There
Lieut. Alvin W. Neely has arrived in France, and will be assigned to duty there. This information in a brief cable to his parents, Mayor and Mrs. R. C. Neely. Like all other messages from this war-torn country. It has been passed upon by the censor and it was from "somewhere in France."
Lieut. Neely was a student of the first training camp held at Fort Oglethrope and attended the first officers' training camp held there this year also receiving the commision of first lieutenant.
Alvin bears the distinction of being the first Burke county boy to reach France for duty. Always enthusiastic, fond of sports, full of energy and determination to carry through whatever comes to his hands to do, his friends expect his career as a soldier to carry out the same principles he followed in civil life. As a soldier, he will be watched with great interest by the folks at home, who will have every reason to be proud of him in France.
Lieut. Neely's safe arrival in France was cause for congratulations, not only to his parents. but to every one who knows him, and all wish a speedy return to his loved ones with a safe voyage as he made over seas.
21 April 1971 The True Citizen
A. W. Neely
Alvin Wilkins Neely, 83, died Thursday , April 15, in the Burke County Hospital.
Graveside services were held Friday, April 16, at Magnolia Cemetery in Waynesboro with the Rev. Gary Linebaugh officiating.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, he was a farmer and a businessman. He was a veteran of World War I when he served in France and was decorated for bravery. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro and was a charter member of the Waynesboro Rotary Club. He was a director of the Federal Land Bank Association of Waynesboro and a director of the Farmers Production Credit Association of Waynesboro.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Julia Abbot Neely; a one son, Alvin W. Neely, Jr.
Pallbearers were Dr. John H. Palmer, Robert C. Neely, James C. Abbot, Ralph B. Willis, John W. Walker, Ernest W. Bartlett and W. Frank Easterlin Jr.
Robert Caldwell Neely (1856 - 1923)
Lillian Wilkins Neely (1863 - 1930)
Julia Abbot Neely (1897 - 1974)
Thomas William Neely (1881 - 1883)**
Alvin Wilkins Neely (1887 - 1971)
Robert Caldwell Neely (1888 - 1964)*
Moselle Neely Palmer (1890 - 1967)*
Created by: Diana B
Record added: Nov 15, 2009
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