Obituary for H. Neal Sunday
H. Neal Sunday entered eternal rest on Thursday, March 8, 2018; he was blessed to enjoy 87 wonderful years. Neal leaves his loving wife of 63 years, Jacqueline (Harrold) Sunday; a son Mike and his wife, Jan of Delta; a daughter, Michele Markey and her husband, Mike of Red Lion; also four grandchildren: Megan, Morgan, Julie, Grant and five great-grandchildren.
Neal was born July 14, 1930, son of the late Hilliard and Mae (Johnson) Sunday; he grew up in West York and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Korea in 1952. In 1956, he moved to the family farm north of Delta never to leave. He was involved in the tombstone business for nearly 70 years working alongside his grandfather, George; father, Hilliard; son, Mike and grandson, Grant Sunday. Neal served as the faithful caretaker of Slate Ridge Cemetery in Delta for over 45 years and was a 60 year member of the Mason Dixon Lions Club. Most importantly he accepted Christ as his savior in the mid 70’s.
Neal’s vision for a nondenominational church in the greater Delta area came to fruition in 1989 when he spearheaded the founding of New Covenant Community Church. He served on the first elder board and became elder emeritus in 2010.
Neal was an avid model train collector, but his true passion was sports, in particular, baseball. He coached too many youth baseball teams to name starting in the 1950’s through the 2000’s. Later, he and Jackie enjoyed watching their grandson, Morgan play in the Susquehanna League and couldn’t stop talking about how good he was. In the 70’s and 80’s, Neal sponsored, coached and played for the Sunday Memorials Softball Team. His love for competition and baseball was evidenced in his enthusiasm for Fantasy Baseball where he was a dedicated member of the Peach Bottom Atomic Leagues for nearly 30 years.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday evening March 17th at 6:00 at New Covenant Community Church, 284 Slab Road, Delta, PA 17314. Friends may call at the church from 5 to 6. Officiating at the service will be his pastor, Reverend Lanny D. Kilgore and Neal’s grandson by marriage, Reverend Patrick Audia. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Morgan Markey, Grant Sunday, Andy Grothe, David Green, Randy Lilley, Scott Lilley, Chris Dulin and Robert Hess.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries, c/o New Covenant Community Church at the above address, - please indicate in Neal’s memory. Sandy Bay is an orphanage on the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Harkins Funeral Home has been entrusted with his arrangements.