Charles Neal Jefferson, 60, of Enfield passed away on the evening of Wednesday, September 18, 2019. The son of an Army officer, Neal was born in Wurzburg, Germany on April 25, 1959. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Jefferson, his mother, Luellen Tyson Jefferson, and his brother, Perry Jefferson.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Carlisle Funeral Home with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Tom Gaines officiating. Burial will follow in Queen Anne Cemetery, Fountain.
While Neal had many passions in life, his first love was football, a game which he played throughout his high school years. He also loved motorcycles, so much so that he obtained his motorcycle license before his standard driver’s license. Even in his later years, Neal fondly told stories of the many adventures he experienced on two wheels. For him, there was never a dull moment. Throughout much of Neal’s life was a constant and dear friend, Kevin McClyment.
A sheet-metal worker by trade, Neal worked hard but always made time for his friends and his family. Whether attending southern rock (his favorite genre) concerts, bonfires, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, partying with friends, or family reunions, you would always find Neal with a Mountain Dew in his hand, a smile on his face, and a story to tell. With the advent of the 1980s, Neal experienced his next great love: becoming an uncle. During the summer, with all of his nieces and nephews around, Neal would often come home from work with Blow-Pops for each and every one.
Heading into the 1990s, Neal began to experience issues with his vision. A doctor diagnosed him as having Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare, genetic condition he shared with his sister, B.J.This led to an early retirement and a new chapter. While dealing with his deteriorating eyesight was a source of anxiety, Neal did his best to keep moving. Taking on chores to keep the yard in order, Neal spent hours outside mowing, clipping, and trimming. This led to him making another beloved friend, Wayne Taylor.
Then, with 2011 drawing to a close, Neal was introduced to another great love: becoming a great-uncle. Neal made a tremendous impact in the lives of those he loved and for them, the love will never be forgotten.
He is survived by three sisters: B.J. Bohn of Enfield, North Carolina, Beth Schafer of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Teresa Dayman of Denton, Maryland. Also carrying on his memory are two nephews: Jeb Bohn (Kristy) of Greenville, North Carolina and Jon Glenn (Megan) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as his beloved nieces, Lisa Glenn-Hessenbruch (Chris) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Emily Schafer (Casey) of Denver, Colorado, and Kelli Schafer (William) of San Jose, California. A man who valued family above all else, Neal also leaves behind two great-nephews: Jack Bohn of Greenville, North Carolina and Caleb Hessenbruch of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and his great-niece, Lydia Hessenbruch of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Arrangements are entrusted to Carlisle Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlislefuneralhome.com