Obituary for Elder Helen M. McNeil
Obituary for Elder Helen M. McNeil
On July 10, 2020 Elder Helen M. McNeil passed on to be with our Lord Jesus. She was born on April, 17, 1933 in Louisburg, NC. She was the daughter of the late Walter Gill, and the late Mary Helen Green Gill.
Elder Helen M. McNeil started preaching the Gospel at age 14. Although by her own testimony she was serving the Lord well before the age of 14. “I was just a baby” she would say. And her father, Walter Gill, recognized her as a minister at an early age. As word spread around her home town of Louisburg, NC, she began to get invitations to speak. People would come from miles around, packing the church to hear such a young preacher of the Gospel. Elder Helen went from church to church preaching the Gospel and souls were saved.
When her mother became ill, Helen went to live with her Aunt Francis Edgerton. But she continued to serve the Lord, and she continued her education. Rev. McNeil briefly attended Shaw University, and then moved to New Jersey, where she met and married her husband, James McNeil.
James and Helen had a double wedding with her best friend Margaret, who married Rudolph Peyton. It was a beautiful afternoon wedding ceremony. James and Helen had three beautiful children, James Jr, Vince Edward, and June Rochelle.
Helen wore many hats: Wife, Mother, Home School Teacher, Assistant Pastor, Seamstress, Health Care Professional, Preacher, and Bible School Teacher.
Along with becoming the youngest assistant Pastor of Bethel United Holy Church, Elder McNeil along with best friend Bishop Margaret Peyton, formed a singing group, the “Gospelettes”, and the two women also were co-founders of Mt. Ebenezer United Holy Church in Lambertville, NJ.
Elder Helen McNeil Matriculated from International Seminary with a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Theology. Helen McNeil retired from the State of New Jersey after serving 26 years at Princeton Neuropsychiatric Institute as a Resident Living Specialist.
Helen was predeceased by her husband James Edward McNeil and her Son James McNeil, Jr. She leaves loving memories to her son Vince E. McNeil, (Wife) Selena R. McNeil and her daughter June Rochelle McIntosh, (husband) Willie F. McIntosh III, and her special niece Charnell McNeil Williams. She leaves five loving Grandchildren, TraKisha S. McNeil, Jovan McNeil Rosa, Vince McNeil, Jr., Conner Marie McIntosh, and Willie McIntosh IV. In addition, Helen leaves behind an Aunt, and a host of nieces, nephews and family.
She once described her life: “It’s been a beautiful life with the Lord, and I love the Lord.”
In honor of Elder Helen M. McNeil, we are establishing the Elder Helen M. McNeil Educational Fund for the underprivileged and students. Elder McNeil had a lifelong love of learning and a passion for teaching. In honor of her life’s work, we are dedicating this fund to continue her legacy of educational excellence.
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Elder Helen McNeil’s Viewing and Graveside Service will be held this Saturday July 18, 2020.
The Viewing will take place from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Bethel United Holy Church 221 Homan Ave, Trenton, NJ 08618. The Graveside service will follow immediately at Ewing Cemetery 78 Scotch Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628.
We will Live-stream the Graveside service on our HeartVision Church Face Book Page from 12:30 – 1:00pm
Due to the current NJ Covid regulations All attendees must wear Masks and practice social distancing.
Condolences can be posted below or
Mailed to June Rochelle McIntosh 42392 Willow Creek Way, Brambleton, VA 20148 Or Vince McNeil 261 Somerset St. Ewing, NJ 08638
Please continue to keep the family in your prayers