OBITUARY: O’Neal Isom, 90

WILMINGTON, MA — O’Neal Isom, 90, resident of Wilmington, died Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Mr. Isom was born November 30, 1928 in Camden, Alabama, the son the late Liddell Isom and the late Johnnie Mae Smith. He accepted Christ at an early age and attended an elementary school sponsored by the Lutheran church. He graduated from Camden Academy and moved to Massachusetts after graduation. Viola Moody and O’Neal Isom were classmates at Camden Academy and after graduation were married April 24, 1948 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Pittsfield, Mass. until he moved to Boston in 1952. He was an active member of St. Marks Congregational Church in Boston, participating as an usher, trustee, and chair of the building committee, until he moved to Wilmington in 1973. Dad furthered his education at Wentworth Institute and received the Star Award from the President of Mercedes Benz for his engineering expertise.

Dad had an active retirement, working part time for the transportation department of Lahey Hospital and maintaining his advanced license to operate amateur radio. He was a generous, curious, lifelong learner. When asked, he said he is from three places: Alabama, Massachusetts, and the World. He enjoyed travelling and noted the relevance of the theme for the 1965 New York World’s Fair, “Peace through Understanding.” Dad enjoyed a variety of music. One of his favorite hymns was “It Is Well with My Soul” because of its historical and spiritual significance of the author’s story. Mr. Isom leaves a devoted daughter, Deborah, and her husband, Anthony. He was loving husband to the late Viola Moody and kind father to the late O’Neal Isom, Jr.

Funeral Services were private.

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Sullivan Funeral Home.)

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