Martha Ann Neal

June 27, 2024

Martha Ann Neal, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 19, 2024 at Chambers Health and Rehabilitation in Carlisle, Arkansas. She was born on December 24, 1951 in Dewitt, Arkansas to John and Sue Black and grew up in the farming community of Pt. Deluce. After graduating from DeWitt High School in 1969, she furthered her education at Henderson State University with an emphasis on music education, composition, and performance. She married her beloved husband, David Neal, in June 1973, and together they began their life on the family farm. They were blessed with one son, Charles McKenzie Neal, and two grandsons, Caleb and Colton, who adored their “M”. Martha loved her family and treasured the memories they made together.

As a young child, Martha began taking piano lessons and it soon became apparent that she had a remarkable, God-given talent in music. She began her music career as the director of music at the First United Methodist Church in DeWitt where she continued the family’s legacy of music. Her career spanned over forty years as she led congregations in praise and worship music, directed choirs of all ages, developed music and drama programs, and taught voice, piano, and guitar lessons in the home. Many people were touched by her passion for music and her dedication to the Lord. Throughout her lifetime, she spread the gospel of Christ through beautiful music as she served numerous churches in the state. Martha’s life was a reflection of the spiritual fruit of joy and her memory will live on the lives that she touched.

Martha is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, David Neal of DeWitt; son, Charles Neal of Dewitt; two grandsons, Caleb and Colton Neal; three sisters, Linda Whittamore of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Barbara Erstine (Bill) of Stuttgart, and Merrill Catt of Jonesboro. Martha is survived by a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved her dearly.

Funeral services were June 22 at DeWitt Methodist Church with burial in Childers Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the music ministry at DeWitt Methodist Church, 608 S. Grandview, DeWitt, Arkansas 72042 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 10411 West Markham Suite 130, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.