Robert Belk Neill ’35, 96, of Monroe, N.C., passed away Jan. 23, 2012, at his home. Neill was born March 30, 1915, in Selma, N.C., a son to the late Rev. William Brown and Bessie Belk Neill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia “Kitty” Dillon Neill, and two brothers, Charles G. Neill and William Brown Neill, Jr.
Serving his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII as an aviation radio technician first class, he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Neill retired as a financial planner and tax preparer from his home business, known as Tax Call. He formerly was a business partner with Griffin Chevrolet Company, Monroe, from 1960-82, and prior to that was associated with Griffin Motor Company from 1948-60. Neill served on the Monroe City Council for 12 years and the Union County Board of Elections for six years, serving as chairman during a portion of that time.
As a member of First Presbyterian Church, Neill served on the Session. He also served as church treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, chairman of the personnel committee, and was a member of the men’s Bible class.
Survivors include three children, Catherine Neill Holloway, 1429 Scoonie Pointe Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322-7438; Robert Belk Neill, Jr.; and Martha Neill Gaddy (John); six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Neill is also survived by his special friend, Doris English.