Celebrating the life of

Frank Hamlin McNeal, Jr.

October 17, 1952 - April 26, 2022

Frank Hamlin McNeal, Jr.

Frank Hamlin McNeal, Jr., 69, of Savannah, died on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Frank was born on October 17, 1952, to Jane Bulcken King and Frank Hamlin McNeal at Telfair Hospital in Savannah.  He graduated from The Country Day School, and attended The University of Virginia. He graduated from The University of Georgia.  He was a master carpenter and refurbished many homes in the Historic District as well as homes and buildings in other areas of the city. He was a member of Christ Church Anglican for 37 years, serving as vestry Senior warden twice.  He had a servant’s heart, and after an initial mission trip to Belize Central America, he and his family started The Belize Children’s Fund, a ministry that sponsored school age children after fifth grade, when education was no longer government funded. There were 54 students sponsored at one time. This ministry, too, began a feeding program in a very rural elementary school. The children there couldn’t concentrate because many of them had nothing to eat all day. When they were given nutritious lunches, their concentration improved.  Frank also built ten houses in Belize. He was there so often that he sent a Ford Bronco over by container ship to transport mission teams.  He also put together father/daughter teams who divided up between working with the building crew, working with the children, teaching art classes, handing out shoes and snacks, and just being there to help in all ways.

In his teenage and early adult years, Frank rode his mother’s horses in the finest shows in the Southeast, winning First Place many times. His life was filled with many other interests, and he was known for his kindness.

He leaves behind his wife, Melly Randolph McNeal; his daughter Jane Randolph (Keith) Saunders, and his granddaughter, Selah Rose Saunders.  He also leaves behind his brother,  William McNeal (Tricia); his niece, Christy McNeal and his nephew, Will McNeal (Whitney).

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Jane King and Frank Hamlin McNeal, Sr.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, May 1, graveside Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.



Dearest Melly, We are so very sorry and are praying for you. Furman and Eden

- Combes, Savannah, GA

Melly and Jane, Rutledge and I are so very sorry for your loss! What a wonderful man and I know he will be sorely missed. We are praying for you! We would be at the Service on Sunday but will be with family in Asheville, NC. Our hearts are with you! Much love and prayer!

- Elizabeth and Rutledge Coleman, Savannah, Ga

Melly and Jane, Bob and I were so sad to hear about Frank’s passing. He was such a sweet, kind soul. We are praying for you daily. Sending our love.

- Mollie White, Savannah, GA

What a tremendous shock and great loss to our church family.Thinking of you and yours during this time.

- Helen and Murray Marshall, Savannah, Georgia

Dear Melly & Jane We can not even imagine. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts. Frank will be missed - he was a selfless Servant of Christ and always a source of wisdom. With sorrow and love, Fred and Carol Kuhn

- Carol & Fred Kuhn, Savannah, GA

I will never forget the first time I met Frank McNeal. We had just moved into in an A-frame house on Wilmington Island that was practically falling down. He turned and looked at us with that shy smile of his and said "It has potential..." He was a great guy- smart, funny, and very friendly. I can just see him now, as St. Peter opens those gates and Frank looks around, turns to him and says. "It has potential..." Melly- you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

- Chris and Julie Whelan, Savannah, Georgia

Melly, Beccy and I are so shocked and sorry for your loss. You have been an exemplary and great prayer warrior as Frank has, and always willing to help sharing advice on construction referrals most helpful. Love and peace.

- Beccy & Jerry Reeves, Savannah, Ga

Melly and Jane. Frank was one of the kindest men we had the pleasure knowing. You are in our prayers.

- David and Blair Kawa , Gainesville, GA

Dear Mellie and Jane, Frank was one of our favorite people and a friend of Kim's since childhood. We hope that it is of some comfort to you to know that we are thinking and praying for you and Frank.

- kim and ned gay, savannah, ga

Melly, I am so sorry to hear about Frank's death. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Amy Benton Haenel, Savannah, GA

Our memories of Frank are very pleasant. He was a kind and generous person. May he Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon him.

- Betty and Billy Wilson, Savannah, GA

What a smart genteel man who always thought of everyone else first. When he had something to say it was always worth listening to.He will be missed by all of us who shared our young lives together at Country Day! Scott Richardson

- Scott Richardson, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

What a smart genteel man who always thought of everyone else first. When he had something to say it was always worth listening to.He will be missed by all of us who shared our young lives together at Country Day! Scott Richardson

- Scott Richardson, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Melly, we were so sorry to learn of Frank's passing. What a wonderful man, kind, gentle and humble. He will be missed by all who knew him. Patty and John Demere

- john b Demere, Savannah, GA

Melly and Jane: Jean and I are praying for you two. Frank was one of a kind, a man's man, but God's man above all. Know you are not alone. The Lord is walking beside you every step.

- Lance Levens, SAVANNAH, GA

Dear Melly and Jane, Ted and I were so sad to hear about the loss of Frank. He was a kind man and will be missed by many . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

- Laney and Ted Stark, Chenequa, Wi.

We were so sorry to hear of Frank’s death. May the Lord be with you and all your family as you mourn. And as you celebrate his new life in Christ.

- Emily and Warren Thrasher, Savannah, GA

Jane, I am so very sorry. I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now. When I think of my childhood I always remember your dad at the soccer field on the sidelines. Every game. I hope you know he was your number one fan and always will be. Sending prayers your way.

- Amanda Schwarz Assey, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. We were classmates for years growing up, and he was always uniquely smart, kind and a friend to all. He will be missed.

- Curtis Lewis, Savannah, Ga

Billy, God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

- Franklin Delano Harn, Savannah, GA

Melly- Jon and I have you and your family in our prayers. Mary Sprague

- Mary Sprague, Savannah, Ga

I am so shocked and saddened to hear this. Frank was such a kind, capable, smart guy! He redid our library and I think about him often. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Julia Mikell, Savannah, GA

You have our deepest sympathy in Frank’s passing.

- Tom and Brenda Graham, Savannah , GA

Dear Melly, we are so sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. Our condolences and prayers to you and your family. God bless you. Annette and William Burrus, Savannah GA

- Burrus, Savannah, GA

My thoughts & prayers for Franks Family

- Debi Dickson, Savannah, GA

Melly & Jane, Our sincere condolences for your precious loss. Big HUGS!!

- Debbie & Johnny Mamalakis, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel