Ovid Franklin O’Neal was born June 20, 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida to Edith Louise Brooks and William Henry O’Neal. He returned to his Heavenly Father on May 3, 2021 in Ambrose, Georgia.
Ovid was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served as a missionary for the church for 2 years in Ireland from 1961 to 1963. He loved Ireland and his missionary service there. He has served in the church in many callings – teacher, Bishop, Stake President for 10 years, Patriarch for 10 years, youngmen’s president, and as a service missionary for 2 years after retirement. He worked as a postman in Jacksonville, Florida before coming to Douglas 43 years ago to work in the Feed and Livestock business with John Adams. He later worked in the manufactured housing business for many years. His greatest love however was his family, and serving in the church. Those of you that know him well know that he loved sports. He played baseball in high school and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player his senior year. He also served as the Douglas Rotary President from 2010 – 2011.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Connie, 2 daughters, Karla O’Neal Silfies, Ambrose, GA, Kellie O’Neal Moye (Russell), Jacksonville, FL, 3 sons, Danny O’Neal (Lori), Douglas, GA, Donnie O’Neal (Dawn), Dublin, GA, and Michael O’Neal (D.J.), Douglas, GA, 1 brother, Steve O’Neal (Linda), Jackson, FL; 11 grandchildren, Carissa Laidlaw (Matt), Cole O’Neal (Megan), Chan O’Neal (Maria), Daniel O’Neal, Dillion O’Neal, Shawn O’Neal, Grant O’Neal, Natalee Biles (Travis), Matthew Silfies, Hannah Moye, Ryan Moye and 7 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, May 5, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Sims Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Douglas, Georgia with Bishop Tony Wright conducting the service. Interment will follow at Cumorah Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cole O’Neal, Chan O’Neal, Daniel O’Neal, Dillion O’Neal, Shawn O’Neal, Grant O’Neal, Ryan Moye, Matthew Silfies, Matt Laidlaw and Travis Biles.
Musical selections will be “There is Eternity” & “Danny Boy” sung by Jessica Moore with Tim Fussell on piano and congregational song “How Great Thou Art”.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.simsfuneralhome.org.
Sims Funeral Home, Douglas, GA is in charge of arrangements.
Due to COVID-19, Sims Funeral Home Inc. will require all guests and attendees to wear appropriate medical grade face-masks and maintain social distancing at all times while visiting our facility, and highly encouraged at our services outside of our facility. Masks are not provided.
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