Robert (Bob) Thomas MacNeil (77) peacefully left this world for his heavenly home on March 5, 2021 while surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Nancy MacNeil, his brother John MacNeil, his children Eric Amick (Rebekka), Louann Robertson (Daniel), and Christen Jones (Rob), and his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy; Caleb and Jonah Amick, Caitlyn, Kinley, and Cara Robertson, and Layton Marie Jones. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Marion MacNeil.
Bob was born on November 16, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Masters in History, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he served until 1972. While in the service, he achieved the rank of sergeant and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After his time with the Marine Corps he worked for many years at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson. In 2001 he began working at Applied Research Associates in Vicksburg and retired in 2016 after 15 years. He and Nancy met at Crawford Street United Methodist Church and married in 1992. They built their life together in Vicksburg and had recently moved to Madison in 2018. February 22nd of this year marked their 29th wedding anniversary. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Madison.
Throughout his life some of of his favorite things included working with the youth and running the sound at church, visiting lighthouses, listening to classical music, planting beautiful flowers around the family pool, and spending time with his grandchildren. Bob was a devoted Christian, husband, and father. He was known by all to be a soft spoken man of few words but his gentle spirit and giving heart always left a lasting impact on all who knew him.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, March 20th at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison. Visitation will begin at 10am with a service to follow at 11am. The family asks that masks be worn and social distancing be practiced.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital 2500 North State Street Jackson, MS 39216 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.