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McNeill, John Albert, 1918-2016



  • Existence: 1918 September 2 - 2016 September 20


John Albert McNeill Sr. was born on September 2, 1918. He was the son of George Raymond McNeill and Lydia Jane Russell. He had one brother, Neil Hector McNeill.

McNeill grew up in an area of Whiteville colloquially known as Vineland. His grandfather, John A. McNeill opened J.A. McNeill and Son Pharmacy in Whiteville at the turn of the 20th century and his father worked there after graduating from Page’s School of Pharmacy in Raleigh. McNeill attended UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in 1940 with a Pharmacy degree. However, he delayed his career to serve as a line officer in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he took control of the pharmacy, which is purported to be the oldest family-owned in the state. McNeill worked there for the duration of his career.

McNeill was also known for his avid interest in botany, was deemed Columbus County historian, and was particularly devoted to the Boy Scouts. He married Margaret Powell and they had six children. He died on September 20, 2016 and is buried in Whiteville Memorial Cemetery.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John McNeill's Collection on Lake Waccamaw History

Identifier: SC-MS-270
Scope and Contents This collection contains the papers of John A. McNeill, Sr. of Lake Waccamaw, Columbus County, North Carolina. McNeill (1918-2016) was a World War II veteran, pharmacist, boy scout, and Columbus County historian. Included in this collection is McNeill’s comprehensive bibliographic work compiling a wide array of primary and secondary sources pertaining to various cultural, ecological, and historical topics on Lake Waccamaw. This research was completed in conjunction with his collaborator...
Dates: 1735-2004