Donald Neat Obituary (1932 – 2022) – Bowling Inexperienced, KY

Dr. Donald Ray Neat, 89, previously of Bowling Inexperienced, KY, handed away on June 22, 2022, at Concord at Brentwood Assisted Dwelling in Brentwood, TN. Don was two days in need of his birthday celebrating
Don’s Candy Historical past: 90 Years Beloved. He was a local of Columbia, KY, and the son of the late John Frank Neat, Jr., and Mary Elizabeth Sinclair Neat Ulmer. At age 10, Don determined to turn out to be a historical past professor. He graduated from Handbook Excessive Faculty in 1950 and joined the Military Air Corps in 1951. Grasp of the two-handed set shot, he averaged 16 factors per recreation within the US Air Pressure Championships in Germany earlier than leaving the service to pursue a historical past diploma. Whereas attending U of L, Don married Joanna Goodin of Elizabethtown, KY, on August 8, 1958. He acquired his BA in British Historical past from U of L in 1961. He was awarded considered one of solely two Nationwide Protection Fellowships given in Historical past in 1961 and bypassed the Grasp’s program to graduate with a PhD in Historical past from U of Ok in 1965. He was a professor of British Historical past at Western Kentucky College. Regardless of his educational {and professional} achievements, Don all the time mentioned the achievement he was proudest of was marrying into the Goodin household. He honored that achievement by celebrating over 60 years of marriage earlier than his spouse Joanna handed away in 2019. Don was a member of First Baptist Church in Bowling Inexperienced for over 50 years. Don and spouse Joanna have been early volunteers for the Serving to Fingers Program at First Baptist. Don was a polymath with a wide-ranging information of many subjects and an encyclopedic reminiscence for historic names, dates, and locations. He was a staunch and vocal U of Ok basketball fan. He was a loving husband, Daddy, Granddaddy, Nice-Granddaddy, and buddy: a beautiful man who used hugs, encouraging phrases, and kindness to put in writing a sweeter historical past for all who knew him. Survivors embody two daughters – Sheri Henson (Roy) of Brentwood, TN, and Alicia Sawyer of Elizabethtown; grandchildren – Donald Johnson (Juleah), Nicholas Johnson (Brittany), Alicia Duello (Scott), Andrew Henson (Milissa), Lauren Sawyer, and Jonathan Sawyer; eight great-grandchildren. Don is preceded in demise by his spouse Joanna Goodin Neat and daughter Melinda Johnson. Visitation will likely be held 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST Saturday, June 25, 2022, at JC Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel in Bowling Inexperienced. Funeral service will start at 12:00 pm Saturday on the funeral residence. Burial will observe at Bowling Inexperienced Gardens. Expressions of sympathy could take the type of donations to the Bowling Inexperienced-Warren County Humane Society.

Revealed by JC Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel – Bowling Inexperienced on Jun. 23, 2022.

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