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Melvin Neal Ferrell
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Obituary for Melvin Neal Ferrell

Melvin Neal Ferrell, 88, of Vicar Road, Danville, Va., died Tuesday, May 1, 2018, after a decline in health over the past several years.

Neal was a loving husband, dad, and papa. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jerene Keatts Nelson Ferrell of the residence. Also surviving is his daughter, Annette Ferrell Manning; three step daughters, Tammy Nelson Anderson, Lisa Nelson Rankin and Donna Nelson Gibson and her husband, Charles. He has three grandchildren: Justin Manning, Katie Manning Whitlow and Jordan Puckett Burnett. He has three great grandchildren, Emma Whitlow, Hunter Whitlow and Caroline Burnett. He has one surviving brother, Harold Miles Ferrell and his wife, Marie of Charlottesville, VA.

Neal was predeceased by his parents, Effie Snead Ferrell and Richard Thornton Ferrell, Sr.; two brothers, Richard Thornton Ferrell, Jr. and Gordon Lee Ferrell; and his late wife, Charlotte Frances Knight Ferrell.

Neal was a member of North Main Baptist Church since 1966. He served in the US Navy and retired after 30 years. He worked at Dan River Mills, Hylton Hall, retiring after 18 years. Neal also worked at Belk. He was a member for 64 years of the Masonic Lodge and a member for 43 years in the Sertoma Civic Club, where he served as Past President, District Governor, and State Director. He was a member of the Danville Optimist Club and Redmen Poquoson Tribe #124. Neal was also a member of the Shriners International and The Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at Norris Mt. Hermon Chapel with Rev. Jason Barber officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends, Thursday evening, May 3, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Norris Mt. Hermon Chapel, and at other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew, 202 Christopher Lane, Danville, VA 24541 or North Main Baptist Church Bldg. Fund, 2818 North Main St. Danville, VA 24540.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, Va. is respectfully serving the Ferrell family. Online condolences may be made at

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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Mount Hermon Chapel

3995 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, Virginia 24540

Funeral Service




2:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Mount Hermon Chapel

3995 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, Virginia 24540

Cemetery Details


Danville Memorial Gardens

4849 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541

Memorial Contribution

Danville Life Saving Crew

202 Christopher Lane
Danville, VA 24541

North Main Baptist Church Bldg. Fund

2818 North Main Street
Danville, VA 24540

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