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John Wesley O'Neal
March 25, 1947 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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John Wesley O'Neal, age 76 of Midlothian, Texas was born March 25, 1947 in Brady, Texas. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. During his elementary school years, he and his parents Lillie and Larry Fisher lived in Alaska. Where he fondly remembered fishing for crabs on the waters edge and how sometimes the sun never sat. They then moved to Fort Worth to be near his mother’s family. He attended Como High School and during this time, he excelled at golf and served as a lifeguard, teaching countless children to swim. He was affectionally referred to as “shark” for his exceptional swimming skills. He graduated in the class of 1967, later attending Tarrant County Junior College. He begin his family when his eldest son was born. John later moved to El Paso, Texas in 1975, when he met the love of his life Sherye Kay Everts at a Pizza Inn restaurant; they married August 19, 1977 and welcomed a son and two daughters, and always enjoyed coaching their soccer and basketball teams. He joined American Airlines in 1984 as a Fleet Clerk until his retirement in 2012. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, always wearing his sports hats and T-shirts. After his daughter attended LSU, he became a dedicated fan of Louisiana as well. John and Sherye enjoyed many trips abroad, including favorite destinations like Maui, London, with their youngest daughter’s soccer team, Paris, Alaska, Destin and in 2019, the Catalina Island Jazz Festival. John was meticulous at keeping his yard neat and tidy. He enjoyed being outdoors with his grandchildren and attending all of their sports games. He was a gifted artist, creating beautiful Christmas wood art, which he gave as gifts to many friends and family. His cooking skills were unmatched, his barbecue and steaks on the grill will remain legendary. John will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife Sherye O’Neal; children: Aaron Proutt, Jonathan O’Neal and wife Melanie, Tennille Edwards, Shardae and husband Bobby Omolo; seven grandchildren: Kaylee, Ivy, Jett, Marley, Hendrix, Keegan and Emerson.
Celebration of Life will be 11:30 AM December 2, 2023 at Life.Church Mansfield, 3601 Turner Warnell Rd. Arlington, Texas 76001