Mr. McNeill purchased the McGoogan interest in the company in 1965, following the untimely death of Mr. A.S. McGoogan, and in 1968 the new McNeill Funeral Home opened at the current location, 319 W. Broad Street. Additionally, in 1968, Mrs. McNeill, the former Sarah Louise McGoogan, earned her North Carolina Funeral Director’s License and joined in the funeral home operations.
In service to the community, Mr. McNeill was a two term Mayor of St. Pauls, a Director of United Carolina Bank and the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce, and a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran. In addition to helping with the funeral business, Mrs. McNeill served St. Pauls Presbyterian Church as Organist and Choir Director for 50 years while raising 4 children.
In 1993, Mr. McNeill transferred ownership of the funeral home to The Loewen Group, which at that time was the premier international operator of funeral homes, with corporate headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Following the funeral home merger, Mr. Harry Carter took the helm of operations and guided McNeill Funeral Homes’ service to St. Pauls’ families.