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“Dear Neely Family, I just found out about your dad/husband's passing a few weeks ago as my mother saved the Bolivar paper for me. I just wanted to...Read More »
1 of 45 | Posted by: Darla Helsel Barger

“Dr. Neely was my Professor at SWBC in 76-78. One of the top Professors I had in both College and Seminary. Yes, he was a true scholar and a true...Read More »
2 of 45 | Posted by: Gary D. Foster - Mission, KS

“HK was a special gentleman who lived his life for the Lord. HK is now with Him in Heaven, and he will continue God's work from above, while watching...Read More »
3 of 45 | Posted by: Scott & Kristi

“Kara--you have continued to be in my thoughts and prayers constantly during this season of your loss. It's so inspiring to read here about all of...Read More »
4 of 45 | Posted by: Love, Jacque

“Even with HK's numerous outstanding accomplishments we more often though of him as our 1951 classmate and friend. Next was Cisco Junior College choir...Read More »
5 of 45 | Posted by: Don & Pat Kincaid

“Neely Family,It is clear that Dr. Neely was a man of incredible character who touched thousands of lives very personally. That is evident, not only...Read More »
6 of 45 | Posted by: Kristin Volcik

“Barbara and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It is with a heavy heart that I send my sincere condolences. I didn't know H. K. but through...Read More »
7 of 45 | Posted by: Jodi Spencer

“Kara - Please know that James and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. We are deeply sorry for...Read More »
8 of 45 | Posted by: Margaret Kurzynski

“Dear Barbara,Truman and I were so saddened to hear about H.K. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you and...Read More »
9 of 45 | Posted by: Sylvia Moore Turk

“I am so sorry for your loss. 60 years is a long time to be with the one you love, it is like losing half of you and God know this, that is one...Read More »
10 of 45 | Posted by: Mary Miller

“To the Family of H.K. Neely-May you especially feel the comforting presence of God in the death of your husband and Dad. He was such an exemplary...Read More »
11 of 45 | Posted by: Mike Fuhrman

“Dear Susan, Kara and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all after the loss of your dad. May God wrap his arms around you and provide...Read More »
12 of 45 | Posted by: Leigh Martinez

“We are so sorry to learn of he death of Dr. Neely. We always enjoyed him so much when he was our inteim (3 or 4 different times) at First Baptist...Read More »
13 of 45 | Posted by: Gene & Dorothy Henson

“Susan and Bill, So sorry for your loss. You've got someone in California thinking about you both. With Love, Adrian ”
14 of 45 | Posted by: Adrian Anzaldua - San Francisco, CA

“Dr. Neely was my academic adviser when I was a student at HSU. He introduced me to Lumpkin's Baptist Confessions of Faith and the Second London...Read More »
15 of 45 | Posted by: A. J. Smith - Alabaster, AL

“Barbara and lovely family, Seems only yesterday our families met in Bolivar Mo back in the sixties. HK was exemplary of the Christian life. ...Read More »
16 of 45 | Posted by: Joyce Derryberry

“So sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
17 of 45 | Posted by: Gary & Stephanie Cunha

“Dearest Kara, I'm so sorry to learn of your Father's passing. Please know you and your family are in our prayers. May God comfort you all as only...Read More »
18 of 45 | Posted by: Ann Harder

“Susan and Kara, I never knew your dad but after reading about him I feel like I do now. Some people are put on this planet to affect people's lives...Read More »
19 of 45 | Posted by: Walt

“We're so sorry to hear this news, Bob and Melody. Helen Keller said it better than we can, "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose ... All that...Read More »
20 of 45 | Posted by: Glenn and Yuyang

“What a privilege to have been allowed to care for such a great man! Thank you to the family for being so kind to our staff through all your trying...Read More »
21 of 45 | Posted by: Phebe McKinnerney 4 North

“H.K. Neely was my friend. I respected hm and admired him. I will miss him.Palmer McCown ”
22 of 45 | Posted by: Palmer McCown

“Dear Neely Family,You're in my thoughts and prayers. It's hard to lose a parent no matter what age we are. I have fond memories of being in Dr....Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: Michelle Cornshucker

“The Bolivar Rotary Club regrets to hear of the passing of one of our Past Presidents. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your...Read More »
24 of 45 | Posted by: Alan Simpson, President '13-14

“Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the memories you have of him...Read More »
25 of 45 | Posted by: Laura Hensley

“Susan, Bill, Kara, and Rod, I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow and keeping your family in my prayers. ”
26 of 45 | Posted by: Montea

“9/26/2013 Dear Bob: Both Shail and I are deeply saddened to learn about yourloss. We know that no word is capable of diminishing your sorrow, but...Read More »
27 of 45 | Posted by: Chandan Prasad

“Our prayers are with the Neely family at this time of the loss of HK. He was a fine example of a Christian for all of us. Our sympathy is extended to...Read More »
28 of 45 | Posted by: Bob & Patsy Qualls

“Barbara:Sorry to hear about your loss of H. K. I am grateful that my path crossed with him. His willingness to hire me at SBU was a real...Read More »
29 of 45 | Posted by: Gordon Dutile

“Dearest Barbara,I'm so grieved to hear of your loss. Bro. Neely was my first pastor that I remember clearly. He went over the plan of salvation...Read More »
30 of 45 | Posted by: Artie Frances Mitchell

“I remember When Werth went to Dr, Neely and told him that he thought the Lord wanted him to preach. Dr. Neely looked him straight in the eye and...Read More »
31 of 45 | Posted by: Sadie Mayes

“May God bless you, family. Dr, Neely taught me as an interim pastor, he taught me as a professor, he taught me as his graduate assistant, he taught...Read More »
32 of 45 | Posted by: Werth Mayes

“Barbara and family - I so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. God will surely be with you and bless you while you struggle with this. Thank goodness...Read More »
33 of 45 | Posted by: Barbara Lewandowski

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Robert Neely, TWU Provost, and his family during this time of grief. From reading the obituary, your father...Read More »
34 of 45 | Posted by: Kyle Voyles

“Kara and Susan,We were so sorry to hear about your Father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
35 of 45 | Posted by: Sharon Jones,Waco Assn REALTOR

“My thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Neely family during your time of loss. ”
36 of 45 | Posted by: Eula Oliphant

“H.K. was a wonderful man, and we feel blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. ”
37 of 45 | Posted by: Larry & Connie Street

“We came to love Dr. Neely as a pastor and friend while he served at First Baptist Church-Breckenridge. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara...Read More »
38 of 45 | Posted by: Burrell and Dana McKelvain

“Dr. Neely profoundly shaped my understanding of ministry along with countless other students he worked to prepare for God's call on their lives. He...Read More »
39 of 45 | Posted by: Stephen Jackson

“My deepest sympathies to Dr. Neely and his family. May you be comforted by friends and family and may we all be inspired by the meaningful life of H....Read More »
40 of 45 | Posted by: Mark Kessler

“Dear Mrs. Neely and Family, I read the beautiful tribute to your husband and father, and wished I'd had the opportunity to meet him. My thoughts...Read More »
41 of 45 | Posted by: Kathy Roberts

“To the friends and family of Dr. H.K. Neely, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. In deepest sympathy, Katie Rose (Department of Family Sciences...Read More »
42 of 45 | Posted by: Katie Rose

“To the family of Dr. H.K. Neely and our Provost, Dr. Robert Neely, the faculty and staff of the Dallas Institute of Health Science School of Physical...Read More »
43 of 45 | Posted by: Dallas, School of PT

“To the the family of Dr. H. K. Neely and particularly to our Provost, Dr. Robert Neely, the faculty and staff of the Houston J. and Florence A....Read More »
44 of 45 | Posted by: Stephanie Woods

“Kara and family, Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
45 of 45 | Posted by: Dora Betts


H. K. Neely, Jr. February 1, 1934 – September 22, 2013 H.K. Neely, Jr. peacefully completed his earthly journey on September 22, 2013 in Waco, Texas with his devoted family by his side. A Tribute Rememberance Service will be 2:00 p.m., October 26, 2013, at Hardin Simmons University, Logsdon Chapel, Abilene, Texas. Born February 1, 1934, in Whitesboro, Texas, he was the first child of H.K. and Edna Neely, later idolized by his three sisters, Patsy, Carolyn, and Sue Ann. He met his future bride, Barbara, at Cisco High School where he graduated as class Salutatorian. He attended Baylor University, earning a B.A. in Religion and History in 1954. Subsequently he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, first receiving his Bachelor of Divinity degree and then a Doctorate of Theology in church history in 1963. In the summer of 1966 he pursued post-doctoral work at Harvard University. Dr. Neely surrendered his life to the ministry at the age of fourteen and began his ministerial career at Spring Creek Baptist Church near Meridian, Texas, then moved on to pastor at Necessity Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Rising, Star, Texas, fostering his life-long special fondness for the rural church. He continued to preach throughout his life for revivals, interim pastorates, and by special invitation. In the fall of 1963, he moved with his family to Bolivar, Missouri, where he became the chair of the religion department of Southwest Baptist College (University), later founding the Courts Redford School of Theology, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award. His family moved back to Texas in 1980 where he founded the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Then, in 1998, he returned to Southwest Baptist University to serve as Vice President for Denominational Relations and Dean of the Redford School of Theology. Dr. Neely was instrumental in establishing parameters still in place for university ministerial in-service guidance practices. With a passionate and enthusiastic approach to ministerial education, he dedicated his entire professional career to training and mentoring those dedicated to a life of ministry. Along with numerous other awards and tributes, in 2006 he received the prestigious Lewis W. Newman Award bestowed by the Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals given in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of supervised ministry. In 2002, he accepted the position of Executive Director of the newly formed Baptist General Convention of Missouri, serving in this position as a full-time volunteer for two years. He is predeceased by his parents, H.K. and Edna Neely, and his sister, Sue Ann Weise. Dr. Neely is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, with whom he had just celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 18; and his four children and their spouses, Robert Neely and wife, Melody, Amy Jackson and husband, Tom Fowlston, Susan Kelly Johnston and husband, Bill, and Kara Goble and husband, Rod. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters, Patsy Emsley and husband, Don, and Carolyn Cook and husband, Bob; brother-in-law, Delburt Schaefer and wife, Joyce, and brother-in-law, Frank Weise and wife, Danise; along with grandchildren, Ryan Stewart Kelly, Amy Johnston Cheatham and husband, Travis, Grayson Johnston, James Jackson, Stacy Jackson Reddicks, Scott Goble, Grant Goble, and Lee Goble, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and Emy the cat. An outdoor enthusiast, H.K. delighted in bicycling the Texas bike trails and the Katy trail in Missouri, hiking in the Colorado mountains, sailing on area lakes, and visiting the Texas Hill Country; yet, he also enjoyed quiet time reading and writing, preaching and working, in fact, preaching until the very end. However, most importantly, he always treasured every opportunity to spend time with his family whom he loved above all else. Believing in embracing life and living it to its fullest and savoring every precious moment, he was an inspiration to all he touched, admonishing "The road to Someday leads to Never." In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to one of the following: Logsdon School of Theology Graduate Program, Attn: Bob Ellis, P.O. Box 16325, Abilene, TX 79698; Baylor Singing Seniors, Attn: Dick Waldren, 9006 Regal Dr., Waco, TX 76712; Neely Family – A V Pro, Inc. Scholarship in Theatre Arts, Baylor University Theatre, One Bear Place #97262, Waco, TX 76798-7262. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com.