Representative Joseph H. “Joe” Neal passed away on Tues., February 14. Gov. Henry McMaster issued the following statement on Neal’s passing, ““Peggy and I wish to extend our most heartfelt condolences to Representative Joe Neal’s family and loved ones. Throughout his remarkable career in public service, he was a compassionate force who gave voice to those without one, and stood tall for those who could not."
South Carolina House Majority Leader Gary Simrill (R-Rock Hill) described Neal as “a moving speaker, caring colleague, and gentle giant.”
Says Simrill, “Representative Joe Neal was called pastor or representative by many, but friend by all he encountered. Reverend Neal, a champion of many causes, was an effective leader of good report whether standing behind a church pulpit or state house lectern. His 24 years of service to the people of South Carolina will live on; etched in the hearts and minds of the lives he touched. We mourn his death and celebrate his legacy.”
In accordance with state law, Gov. McMaster has ordered the state capitol flags to be lowered at half-mast on the day of funeral services for Representative Neal.