John Paul O'Neal passed away on November 1, 2011 at his residence in Port Arthur, Texas. John was born on January 29, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to Dr. J. Paul and Meta O'Neal. He spent his childhood years in Alabama and graduated from Covington County High School in 1962. John attended Auburn University where he received his degree in Chemical Engineering and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. After graduating Auburn in 1968, he returned to Texas and began his 10 year career with Unocal. During his time at Unocal he earned his position as Light Oils Superintendent. While employed at Unocal, John married Donita Burkett on February 20, 1976. They shared a love of the water, boating and saltwater fishing. A few years after they were married, John joined Donita as owner of Burkett's Jewelry. The following years blessed John with his only daughter, Holly, and many customers who became close friends. Even after retirement, he arrived at work each day to share laughs and stories with customers. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Memorial Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the funeral home with Rev. Peter J. Cammarano, Jr. officiating. He is preceded in death by his wife, Donita Burkett O'Neal; his parents, and sister, Ann O'Neal. He is survived by his only daughter and son in law, Holly & Chad Bradberry of Groves, Texas; granddaughter, Laurel Gail Bradberry of Groves, TX; and mother in law, Kathy Burkett of Port Neches, Texas. His survivors also include many other relatives, as well as, a large circle of friends and neighbors. The family would like to express their great appreciation for the expressions of love, sympathy, and help during this time of grief. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Auburn Alumni Association, Leukemia Society or Alzheimer's Foundation.
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