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Friday June 4th, 2021
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Lucas Avenue Baptist Church
Friday June 4th, 2021

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Jane "Dawn" Spainhour Neely

Jane “Dawn” Spainhour Neely, age 71, of 209 Ball Drive, and wife of Dr. H. Lawton Neely, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.


Born in Lenoir, North Carolina, Dawn was a daughter of the late Jack Bryan and Barbara Croker Spainhour. A member of Lucas Avenue Baptist Church, she was a member of the Church Choir and the teacher of The Dorcus Sunday School Class. Dawn was employed with Martha Franks Retirement Community where she served as both a Chaplain and The Dementia Coordinator and served as the teacher of The Olive Lawton Sunday School Class. Dawn received several degrees throughout her life including a Master of Administration, a Master of Counseling, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and was either the Assistant Principal or the Principal of several schools in both North Carolina and South Carolina.


Dawn was a loving, devoted and faithful wife for 50 years. She was known to all as an encourager, a prayer warrior and a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a dedicated Mother to her four daughters and a wonderful Marmee to her grandchildren.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Tara Neely Gilpin (Matt) of Waynesboro, GA, Annah Neely Matthews (Greg) of Advance, NC, Mamie Neely Lee (Rob) of Cornelius, NC and Sarah Neely Vick (Jonathan) of Greer, SC; brothers, Dr. Jack Bryan Spainhour, Jr. (Libby) of Danville, VA and Randy Fletcher Spainhour (Sally) of Burgaw, NC; sisters, Diane Moore (Rob) of Blowing Rock, NC, Daphne Friday (Steve) of Gastonia, NC and Debbie Spainhour of Suffolk, VA; grandchildren, Lydia, Sam and Sarah Beth Gilpin, Ty, Zac, and Emily Matthews, Katie McClellan, Jackson and Laura Kate Vick.


In addition to her parents, Dawn was predeceased by a granddaughter, Cara Grace Matthews.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM, on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Lucas Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Michael Post, Pastor.


The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 -2:00 PM on Friday.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community, 1 Martha Franks Drive Laurens, SC 29360 or to Lucas Avenue Baptist Church, 101 Lucas Avenue Laurens, SC 29360.

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Dear Lawton & Family -- I was so sorry to read of Dawn's passing (in Kirk's Sunday column). Blessings & peace to all of you as you try to deal with such a loss. May your spirits be touched by the presence & prayers of those who love you.

Steve Smith Jun 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane "Dawn" Neely

Sandra Laws Jun 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Neely family,
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your loved one. I hired Dawn to be the principal of Hendrix Elementary School while I was superintendent of District Two Schools. We shared many wonderful experiences together. She was truly a loving, caring, and nurturing person. The world is a better because Dawn lived in it.
Please except my heart felt condolences and know that I will keep your family in my prayers.
Buddy Jennings

Buddy Jennings Jun 5 2021 12:00 AM

I am a retired school teacher, Dawn was my Principle in Shelby N.C. She was the most compassionate person, she also had the best sense of humor of any principle I knew. She had a heart of gold. My heart goes out to her family. Her job on earth was done. God thank you for allowing me to know her.

Sandy Crane Jun 4 2021 12:00 AM

It was truly a pleasure working with Dawn. I was saddened to hear that she passed away. Our family is keeping your family in our prayers and thoughts.With heartfelt sympathy.

Talia Byrd Jun 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane "Dawn" Neely

kelly brown Jun 2 2021 12:00 AM

Neely family...........my heart is sad in the passing of Dawn....my head tells me there is joy for the Christian as we leave this world. Sometimes it is hard to get our heart and head together in grief. I have so many fond memories of Dawn. Working with her at Crest Middle School (Shelby) was a GREAT experience. She was always smiling, kind to students and parents, to faculty and staff. She was so pleasant to be with at school, her home, out to eat, and she even took us to her family's home at Christmas to see to wonder of the holidays.....everything was turned into Christmas throughout the entire house. She always had time to listen to you. She had a serious side and she had quite a humorous side. One of my favorite people! So happy our paths walked together for a period of time.
My prayers and thoughts are with each of you her family. Diane Rabon

Diane Rabon Jun 2 2021 12:00 AM

I just want to say how she always said the kindest and sweetest words. She will definitely be missed but oh how she is celebrating in heaven today! We have the promise of seeing her again one day!!! I love you Mrs. Neely!!

Becky Jun 1 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane "Dawn" Neely

Cindy Cross Miles Jun 1 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Dawn's passing. I remember the fun times we had singing and rejoicing together at Gardner Webb. I enjoyed the time we spent a few years ago when we got together to sing some of our favorites from The Joyful Noise. I know her family will miss her dearly as well as her church family. Just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers Lawton and your precious family.

Tamara Valentine Jun 1 2021 12:00 AM

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