Baby Child 08

James Alexander McNeelis

March 17, 2014 ~ October 20, 2021 (age 7)


Honoring and remembering the life of James McNeelis. 

Celebration of Life will be November 13, 2021, at 1:00 pm at the Linden Street Christian Church in Sapulpa, OK 74066. 

Once upon a time, not too many days past, there was a surprise.  A surprise that was tiny, and pink, and a bundle of love wrapped up like a package and placed in the care of a young family. The only instructions found with the bundle were to love the dickens out of the little one.  Also, one day, sometime in the future, the young family loved the bundle with everything in them and more, the One who loaned the little one to them would return and take him home with Him.   And so, the young family loved the little boy and then loved him some more.  And the youngster grew and thrived under the care of the young family (and grandma, too).  His days were filled with laughter, spaghetti with meatballs and red sauce, nights with dreaming of puppies and kittens, Minecraft, tractors, fire trucks, Legos and inventions to make the world he loved a better place.  And he was happy.  And the young family (and grandma, too) were happy.

One fall evening, the One came calling. “You have done well, my trusted friends. The child is joyous and well-loved and grown in kindness and understanding under your careful watch.  Well done indeed! Although it will grieve your hearts to the point of breaking, I have come to collect my precious one, but do not lose hope.  Do not let the love you’ve poured into this child of mine grow cold.  Hold and protect it and eventually it will help ease your sorrow, my dear ones.”  And so it was, after the sorrow seemed like it would drown them forever, the love they held on to seasoned, the memories of their time together until the sunsets brought contentment and the dawn carried hope. 

James Alexander McNeelis, 7, of Kiefer was whisked away by the angels while playing at home on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.  He was the light and hope of our lives.  He was the embodiment of God’s love and grace.  He is a superhero and our guiding light. 

He is predeceased by his maternal uncle, J. Isaac Markley; maternal grandfather, Jeffrey A. Markley; maternal great grandfather James H. Markley; maternal great grandmother Sarah A. Secrist; paternal grandmother, Jeannie M. McNeelis Allsup; paternal great grandmother Francis Allen.

He is survived by his loving, doting parents, Hannah L. Markley-McNeelis and Michael F. McNeelis of the home and his maternal grandmother, Karen K. Markley also of the home. A half-sister, Kaelyn Sykes,   and three paternal uncles, Robert A. Huff, Jr., Tahlequah, Bryan J. Allsup, McAlester; and Joseph J. Gray; great grandpa, Matthew Secrist, Kellyville, maternal great grandparents, Georgene Markley, Tulsa; William F. Green, III, Parker, Kansas; and Marjorie J. Walton, K.C., Missouri.

Donations can be made to the SPCA.  Also, flowers and balloon bouquets are acceptable for the service.

Memorial services are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Linden Street Christian Church at 108 South Linden Street, Sapulpa, 74066 and officiated by Pastor Gary Sheely.

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November 3, 2021

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes
1208 South Main
Sapulpa, OK 74066-4306

Celebration of Life
November 13, 2021

1:00 PM
Linden Street Christian Church (Sapulpa)

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