Raful Neal Obit
Mon Sep 6 16:32:38 EDT 2004
>From the Baton Rouge Advocate:
Raful Neal Jr.
NEAL JR., RAFUL "Father, I stretch my Hands to the; No other help I
know ." A Blues legend and a retiree of the Louisiana Housing Authority, he
died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid
City. He was 68 and a native of Chamberlin. Visiting at Bellemont Great Hall
from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Musical homegoing celebration at Bellemont
Great Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Funeral service at New Hope Baptist
Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by Pastor Leo Cyrus. Interment in
Roselawn Memorial Park. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife,
Shirley Brooks Neal; three daughters, Darlene Williams and husband Lee,
Jackie Neal and husband James and Charlene Neal; and six sons, Kenny Neal
Sr., Larry Neal Sr. and wife Marie, Raful Neal III and wife Lisa, Noel Neal,
Frederick Neal and wife Yolanda and Darnell Neal. He was also blessed with
five daughters, Lateefa Neal, Janice Kennerly, Lisa Edwards, Trena Muse and
Carol Jean McQuaiter; a son, Graylin Hoffman Sr. and wife Kayla; a sister,
Shirley Harrison; two brothers, Charles and Warren Neal; a daughter-in-law,
Diane Neal; 54 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; eight sisters-in-law,
four brothers-in-law and a host of aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his father, Raful Neal Sr.; mother, Gertrude Freeman
Neal; a son, Ronnie Neal; and two sisters, Cora Neal and Gwen Feist. In
1958, he made his recording debut on the Peacock label with "The Sunny Side
of Love." Raful also recorded on the Fantastic label and in 1987, he
received the W.C. Handy Blues Award for "Man, Watch Your Woman." In 1994,
Raful received the J.D. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted
into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1995. He played with his band at
festivals across America; they frequently toured Europe, Canada and South
America. In Japan, Raful was the headliner at the World Harmonica Festival.
Raful was elected a board member of the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in
1999. He was also an arts ambassador for the Arts Council of Greater Baton
Rouge. Some of his greatest hits included "Getting Late in the Evening,"
"Change My Way of Living" and "Sunny Side of Love." The family members would
like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Williams Russell and his
staff at the Baton Rouge General Radiation Center, and to Dr. Donnie Baties.
Hall's Mortuary, Port Allen, in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Advocate from 9/5/2004 - 9/6/2004.
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