Joel S. Neal, age 68, of Dacula, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the First Bapist Church of Lilburn with the remains placed in state at 1:30 PM. Mr. John Mauser, Mr. Gary Smith and Rev. Ken Hall will officiate. Interment will be in Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. A native of Valdosta, Mr. Neal was retired as a biomedical engineer from Beckman Coulter and was retired from Baxter International. Joel was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lilburn. He was a BSF Atlanta Area Class Administrator for 18 years and was an accomplished wood worker. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kay Neal of Dacula; daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Mike Crevar of Woodstock and Maribeth and George Stewart of Mooresville, NC; grandchildren, Alexander Crevar, Aaron Crevar, Turner Crevar, Ella Crevar, Katie Stewart and Becca Stewart; brother and sister-in-law, Butch and Jackie Neal of Valdosta; aunts, Tyra Sowell and Isabelle Neal; several nieces and nephews. Those desiring may make contributions to BSF International, 19001 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258 or at The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726