Inola Hollins Neal, age 61, was called home the be with the Lord on March 29, 2018, with her dedicated husband, Billy Joe Neal, of 40 years by her side. After being diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in May of 2016, Inola put her unwavering faith in God, stood firm, and began that long and very difficult fight.
Born to Willie Rogers (Bill) Hollins and Viola (Vaughn) Hollins on December 30, 1956, in Crane, Texas, Inola attended Mary Bethune until integration in 1966, then attended Crane Middle and High School. Inola excelled in all genres of sports, especially volleyball where she and her teammates won the 1974 & 1975 Volleyball State Championships.
Giving her life to Christ at an early age, Inola was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, displaying her talents as a choir member and pianist. After graduating high school in 1975, Inola attended San Angelo State University, and shortly afterward married the love of her life, Billy Joe Neal and began building her family.
Inola was preceded in death by her beloved parents, sisters: Juanita and Benita Hollins, Hazel (Hollins) Vaughns and brothers: James and Don Hollins.
Inola was the proud mother of Marques Neal and Marva Denay Neal of Crane, Texas; Loving Nana to Deja, Deavyn, Ameri, Maya, and Landri; Mother-in-law to Amanda; Sister-in-laws to Geneva Hollins, of Maryland and Debra Burnett of Crane, Texas; Devoted Aunt to Rodney and Nina (Hollins) Williams, James Hollins, Jr., William and Iesha Hollins of Maryland; Kelvin and Lugenia (Vaughns) Ellison and Teresa Vaughns of Ft. Worth, Texas; Rodney and Bonnie Lane of Colorado City, Texas; Dontay Ashely of Fort Worth, Texas; Prince Lerke of Ohio; and Sherlinda Hollins of Midland.
Services are as follows:
The wake is Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Shaffer â Nichols Funeral Homes & Chapel
1503 S. Gaston, Crane, Texas 79731.
The homegoing service is Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church,
101 E. 20th Street, Crane, Texas 79731.
Sunset Memorial Cemetery Thine Earthly Resting Place
Repass is Mountain View Community Hall 200 21st Street, Crane, Texas 79731