Winfred O’Neal, Sr. affectionately known as “Pop O’Neal”, was born December 5, 1920 to the late Herbert O’Neal and Adeline Hodges O’Neal in Gonzales County, Texas. He was the youngest son of eight children. He attended school on Hoods Point, Texas.
Winfred was preceded in death by his wife; A. Maurice Jackson O’Neal, two sons; Carl O’Neal, Sr. and Milton O’Neal, parents; Herbert O’Neal and Adeline Hodges O’Neal, three brothers; Milton O’Neal, Wade O’Neal, Sr. and Willie O’Neal, Sr., three sisters; Toni Harris, Lillian Harris and Forcine Eads.
Winfred served proudly in the United States Army, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He fought for his country in World War II. He received numerous awards and decorations while in the military for his outstanding service. He was the recipient of 1 Service Stripe, the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the U.S. Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Ribbon and 3 Overseas Service Bars.
Winfred met and married A. Maurice Jackson O’Neal in 1950. To this union seven children were born. He joined Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in the 1950’s, serving as a Class Leader, Usher, Steward and in the Senior Choir.
Winfred was a family man who led his family by example. He devoted his time to his family, church and friends. He was “God Fearing”, humble and kind. His smile could brighten up any room.
Winfred believed in the power of prayer and hard work. He worked two jobs all his working life. He worked as a Messenger for Texas Type Printing, a Courier for First American Title Company and as a Driver for the San Antonio Express News.
Winfred leaves to mourn his passing, two daughters; Wynell Nealy of San Antonio, Texas, Patrice O’Neal of San Antonio, Texas, four sons; Ronald O’Neal of Dallas, Texas, Winfred O. O’Neal, Jr. (Patricia) of San Antonio, Texas, William O’Neal (Rose) of Bremerton, Washington, Bruce O’Neal (Anita) of San Antonio, Texas, one sister; Jewel Shepherd of Houston, Texas, 20 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, who fondly called him “Uncle Wink” and a host of relatives, friends and his Emmanuel A.M.E. Church family.