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Benefit scheduled for McNeal

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Benefit STOCK

By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Coleman’s Family Mortuary of Woodville is hosting a donation drive-thru to benefit Jonathan McNeal.

McNeal, an Ivanhoe resident, was injured in a freak accident that occurred in Woodville last Wednesday afternoon. According to Kendall R. Coleman, of Coleman’s Family Mortuary, a piece of heavy equipment connected with McNeal’s head, as he was attempting to provide assistance as Coleman and his son Isaiah were attempting to recover a water tank that had fallen off of Isaiah’s truck.

Coleman said he had pulled up with his backhoe to lift the tank, and a bucket attachment on the backhoe snapped and hit McNeal. He was subsequently airlifted to two different hospitals, and it was discovered he sustained a hairline fracture to his neck, along with a gash in his head.

McNeal has long been a fixture of the Tyler County community, volunteering wherever he can, and alongside his late wife Mary Jo, was active in community outreach in Ivanhoe.

One friend of McNeal’s, who did not wish to be identified in this story, said he “would do anything for anyone, but never ask for anything, himself.”

Coleman said McNeal’s survival, as well as his son Isaiah’s survival, from the incident, is “a testimony of God’s goodness.” What’s more is that, according to Coleman, had McNeal not told his son to get out of the way as the bucket was about to snap, he would likely have died.

“He has a servant’s heart and he’s not concerned with the pain he was feeling,” Coleman said. He said he was talking with him while he was in the ER, and all McNeal could focus on was how Isaiah was doing. He was released the next day, and is home recovering.

Coleman has organized a donation-based drive-thru benefit scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at Coleman’s Family Mortuary. Anyone who wants to donate can receive a free barbecue plate.

For those interested in donating via cash app to help with McNeal’s medical expenses, the code is $Jmac9007. The mortuary is located at 409 South Magnolia in Woodville.

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