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Brion Kim McNeil passed away on August 10th, 2012 in Spruce Pine, NC. He was born on September 9, 1948, in Longview, Texas. The son of William McNeil and Ingomar Shivers McNeil Hunt, he graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg FL in 1966. Brion then served in the US Navy.
Thereafter, he graduated from the University of Florida, and remained an enthusiastic Gators fan. He later earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brion moved to Linville Falls NC in 2000, and worked as a Chemical Engineer and Shift Supervisor at Unimin Corporation in Spruce Pine. He also was an accomplished building contractor. He enjoyed studying and renovating old houses, including his 1883 mountain home. Brion especially enjoyed collecting antiques and memorabilia relating to his beloved Linville Falls community.
Survivors include his wife Shirley Gray McNeil, whom he married December 9th, 2000; his three children: Kimberly McNeil and fiancé Todd Wells, Jason McNeil and wife Elizabeth, and Michael McNeil of Charleston, SC; mother Ingomar McNeil Hunt and stepfather Cedric of St. Petersburg; FL; aunt Imogene Oakley of Davis, OK; sister Sallia Bandy and husband Skip of Georgetown, TX; stepchildren Matthew Beaver of Washington, DC; Christine Blackwell and husband Brian, and two granddaughters, Allison and Katie Blackwell of China Grove, NC.
A memorial service was held for Brion on August 12 at Linville Falls Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Linville Falls Community Church Building Fund
PO Box 46, Linville Falls, NC 28647
Cremation services were provided by Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, NC. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.