Neil Delano Southerly, age 85, of Perkins Mountain Road, Kingston, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of April 22, 2018, after an extended illness. He was born in Moorefield, West Virginia, on September 25, 1932, son of the late John Edwards Southerly and Virginia Dare Burns Southerly, and deceased siblings, Carl, Harvey, Jenny, and Betty. He is survived by one sister, Sammy.
After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he earned his electrical engineering degree from the University of Florida. He went on to work in the space industry, working for Honeywell and Sperry Rand. He was one of five men in the United States to develop the calibration equipment used for testing aircraft and space missiles. Working for the Department of Defense, he was instrumental for engineering the AmRam air to air missile and various other space and land equipment used in the DOD programs. Before retiring in 1999, Mr. Southerly worked as a consultant for the United States Air Force and DOD. After retiring, Mr. Southerly enjoyed living in the country, riding his horse, and working outdoors. He was an avid animal lover and loved his many dogs and cats. He was a member of NorthPointe Church in Adairsville, serving in many of their community outreach programs and led a Bible Study group for twelve years.
Mr. Southerly leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Sharon Young Southerly of Kingston, GA; sons Michael Southerly of Woodstock, GA; Shawn Broderick of Cartersville, GA; daughters Carol Brooks (Stephen) of Selma, AL; Patti Mills (Bill) of Fayetteville, AR; Sandra Berard (Michael) of Seminole, FL; Tina Allan (Jeff) of Greenback, TN; and Lisa Brown (Jonny) of Kingston, GA. Known as “Papa” to his grandchildren, his survivors include David Brooks; Jennie Mills; Michael Berard; Bryan, Michaela, and Braden Southerly; Andy and Chase Slaughter; Cory Grimm; Hope Brown; and his angel in heaven Shawna Marie Grimm. He also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Pruitt Hospice for their tender and loving care during Mr. Southerly’s final days. Thankfulness also goes to all his friends and family who visited him throughout his illness.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 14, at 11:00am, at NorthPointe Church in Adairsville, GA. Interment will follow at 2:30pm at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.
R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. Neil Southerly.