Neil made a profession of faith in Christ at a young age and at the time of his passing, was an active and faithful member of First Christian Church in Richland. The fellowship and prayers shared with his church family through the years were precious to him.
After graduating from high school, Neil went on to attend college and obtained an associate degree in criminal justice. Neil knew he wanted to continue his career in law enforcement. He was a member of Cabool Police Department from 1989 to 1997. He became a member of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I, and at the time of his passing was a corporal with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of Missouri State Highway Patrol. Those who worked with Neil appreciated his professionalism and dedication to his fellow officers.
On June 10, 1994, Neil was united in marriage with Darlena Bell. Together they shared twenty-one years of love and laughter.
Although Neil worked hard to provide for his family, he also enjoyed a variety of hobbies. He was a hunter and a fisherman. He enjoyed restoring cars, adoring them briefly and then selling them. However, nothing compared to the time spent and memories made with his family. Whether it was at a barbecue, where he had prepared the meal, camping or spending time on the lake, he was happiest surrounded by those he loved, including his “therapy dog” Ram.
Neil leaves to celebrate his memory, his wife Darlena; two sons, Devyn and Trey Poynter; two daughters, Tanya Tait and husband Aaron, and Darcy Poynter, all of Richland; one granddaughter, Kinsley Tait; one sister, Brenda Huntley and husband Jim of Lebanon; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne and Mary Stemmons; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; church family; other relatives and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clifford; and one nephew, Trooper Kelly Poynter.
Those who knew Neil will forever cherish the wonderful man he was. He taught his family to laugh continuously and love unconditionally. He will be forever missed.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at Lebanon First Assembly with Pastor Tim Gola officiating. Music included “Long Black Train” and “Go Rest High.” Escorts were Devyn Poynter, Steve Belshe, Brian Gruben, Jamie Folsom, Kevin Reed and Rick Hobbs. Honorary escorts were Bill Miller and Clayton Gregory. Interment was in Mt. Rose Memorial Park under the direction of Shadel’s Colonial Chapel.