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Community leader Virginia Kelly MacNeal passes away

PULASKI — A Pulaski woman who dedicated her life to public service in the local area passed away Wednesday.
Virginia Collier Kelly MacNeal, 88, died late Wednesday evening at her home in Pulaski.
The accomplishments of MacNeal’s public service endeavors are evident throughout the town of Pulaski.
The Pulaski Library bears a plaque with her name noted as chairman of the C.E. Richardson Memorial Library and for the significant fund-raising campaign which resulted in the library expansion.
Later, she was a vital part of the establishment of the Charles and Ona B. Free Library in Dublin, renovation of the Pulaski Train Depot into a museum and visitors’ center, and the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley.
MacNeal served as a past president of the Southwest Virginia Women’s Medical Auxiliary and helped start the hospital volunteer group in Pulaski. She also raised money for the children’s wing of the University of Virginia Hospital.
MacNeal also served on the State Library Board as well as on the local Friends of the Library Board.
She volunteered on the Red Cross Bloodmobile and led town beautification projects, especially “daffodil hill” off Route 11 in town, along with the restoration and renovation of the gazebo and fountain in Jackson Park, the December decoration of the gazebo and the town office building.
Known as a woman of vision and persistence, MacNeal was also voted The Southwest Times’ “Woman of the Year” in 1983.
MacNeal was a member of First Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class, and served as the church’s Sunday school superintendent. She was also active with the Thursday Club’s regular meetings to discuss current events.
Born Dec. 20, 1919, in Comer, Ga., MacNeal was the daughter of the late Woody Williams Collier and Ralph S. Collier.
She was a graduate of the University of Georgia in 1940 with a degree in home economics. She later became the first female station agent for Delta Airlines in Augusta, Ga., during the medical school years of her first husband, Dr. George Washington Kelly, Jr., who later died in 1988.
MacNeal was married a second time to Dr. Perry S. MacNeal, who passed away in 1997. She is also preceded in death by a son, George W. Kelly III. Her surviving son, Ralph D. Kelly, resides in Pulaski.
Funeral services for MacNeal will be held Sunday, July 27, at 3 p.m. at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the Carlton Cemetery in Carlton, Ga.
See the full obituary on Page 2 of today’s edition.

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Community leader Virginia Kelly MacNeal passes away

PULASKI — A Pulaski woman who dedicated her life to public service in the local area passed away Wednesday.
Virginia Collier Kelly MacNeal, 88, died late Wednesday evening at her home in Pulaski.
The accomplishments of MacNeal’s public service endeavors are evident throughout the town of Pulaski.
The Pulaski Library bears a plaque with her name noted as chairman of the C.E. Richardson Memorial Library and for the significant fund-raising campaign which resulted in the library expansion.
Later, she was a vital part of the establishment of the Charles and Ona B. Free Library in Dublin, renovation of the Pulaski Train Depot into a museum and visitors’ center, and the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley.
MacNeal served as a past president of the Southwest Virginia Women’s Medical Auxiliary and helped start the hospital volunteer group in Pulaski. She also raised money for the children’s wing of the University of Virginia Hospital.
MacNeal also served on the State Library Board as well as on the local Friends of the Library Board.
She volunteered on the Red Cross Bloodmobile and led town beautification projects, especially “daffodil hill” off Route 11 in town, along with the restoration and renovation of the gazebo and fountain in Jackson Park, the December decoration of the gazebo and the town office building.
Known as a woman of vision and persistence, MacNeal was also voted The Southwest Times’ “Woman of the Year” in 1983.
MacNeal was a member of First Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class, and served as the church’s Sunday school superintendent. She was also active with the Thursday Club’s regular meetings to discuss current events.
Born Dec. 20, 1919, in Comer, Ga., MacNeal was the daughter of the late Woody Williams Collier and Ralph S. Collier.
She was a graduate of the University of Georgia in 1940 with a degree in home economics. She later became the first female station agent for Delta Airlines in Augusta, Ga., during the medical school years of her first husband, Dr. George Washington Kelly, Jr., who later died in 1988.
MacNeal was married a second time to Dr. Perry S. MacNeal, who passed away in 1997. She is also preceded in death by a son, George W. Kelly III. Her surviving son, Ralph D. Kelly, resides in Pulaski.
Funeral services for MacNeal will be held Sunday, July 27, at 3 p.m. at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the Carlton Cemetery in Carlton, Ga.
See the full obituary on Page 2 of today’s edition.

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