Neal was inducted into the Centenarians of Oklahoma.
Wayne was born on January 17, 1920 in Elkins, a little town outside Fayetteville, AK, to Ober and Mae Neal. His father served in World War 1 and his mother was a homemaker and mother to their only son, Neal.
Wayne’s first marriage was to Myrtle Johnson. After this marriage ended, friends introduced him to Maxine White and they were married in Houston on February 5, 1973, and were together 35 years before she passed away. She was a bookkeeper and homemaker. He was blessed with three sons: Keith Neal, Gary Neal and David Neal, who are all deceased.
With his second marriage, he also welcomed three step-children into his family: John Williamson, Eileen Plemmons and Shirley Hammond. There are also many grandchildren and great grandchildren in his family.
Neal graduated from Elkins, Arkansas High School. He joined the Army National Guard at just 15-years-old. He shipped off to Italy with the Army during WWII where he served on the front lines for two years, helping liberate Rome and fighting until the end of the war. He later served two years in the Army Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. After his return from the war, he worked at DX Sun Oil Company in Tulsa, retiring in 1982.
He is a member if the Broadway Baptist Church in Sand Springs, the Masons and the Moose Club. Fishing and gardening are his hobbies. He and Maxine traveled all over the U.S. and Europe.