Walter Phelps Veale, Sr

Born: Sun., May 20, 1928
Died: Mon., Dec. 22, 2008

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Walter Phelps Veale, Sr., age 80, of Mansfield, Georgia, formerly of Greene County, passed away Monday, December 22, 2008 at Walton Regional Medical Center in Monroe, GA. Born in Monroe County on May 20, 1928, he was the son of the late John Lee Veale, Sr. and Ollie Copelan Veale. He attended Greshamville School and married Jeannette Vandiver on December 24, 1950. For two years he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. After the war he drove the school bus, worked in the cafeteria at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital and worked for the Enterprise Aluminum Plant in Eatonton, GA. For twenty years he worked as a policeman, serving eight of those years for the City of Madison and twelve for the City of Greensboro. Walter was a member of Sewell Methodist Church in Mansfield, GA. He enjoyed collecting old money, listening to football games and spending time with his dog, Blue.

Mr. Veale is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Jeannette Vandiver Veale of Mansfield, GA; three daughters, Patsy Mullins and husband Gary of Mansfield, GA, Wanda Almand and husband Ronnie of Social Circle, GA and Sandra Chaffin and husband Vic of Rutledge, GA; a son, Walter P. Veale Jr. and wife Sandra of Portland, TN; a brother, Corry Veale and wife Eva of Dunwoody, GA; 11 grandchildren, Katie Bragg, Todd Chaffin, Dena Astin, Ginger Howard, Dan Mullins, Bethany Veale, Matt Veale, Alyson Veale, Ronald Almand, Alex Almand and Amber McKibbin; 10 great grandchildren, Presley Bragg, Ollie Bragg, Lailie Bragg, Taylor Chaffin, Levi Chaffin, Christopher Astin, Tyler Astin, Matthew Astin, Hunter Howard and Hayden Howard; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Lee Veale, Jr.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sewell Methodist Church in Mansfield, GA with Rev. Brad Waters and Rev. Richard Harris officiating. Mr. Veale will lie in state at the church one hour before the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Jerry Lee Vandiver, Matt Veale, Paul Astin, Ronald Almand, Christopher Astin and Alex Almand. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Pat Sellers Gillespie
   Posted Mon December 22, 2008
My sincere condolences go out to Jeanette and the family. I have known the Veale's since I was a child. They lived down the road from us in Greshamville. Walter was a great friend of the Greeson and Sellers families. He was a special childhood friend of the Greeson children. May God bless you all in a special way during this time of sadness.

Brenda Sellers Thompson
   Posted Mon December 22, 2008
Jeannette,Walter, Patsy, Wanda & Sandra & all the family,I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Walter all my life and he was a dear friend to my Mama. They'd call each other & talk about the old days. Walter left a wonderful legacy with his children & grandchildren. My heart goes out to you. May God bless you & give you comfort & peace.

Carlene (Lindsey) Noggle
   Posted Mon December 22, 2008
Wanda, Walter, and all the families, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. My dad worked with him driving the school buses...and always thought alot of him. I am praying that God will grant you all peace and comfort during this sad tome. In deepest sympathy, Carlene L. Noggle

Angela Lynn Booth
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
I was sorry to hear of Mr. Veale's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wilkinson & Wiseman FH
   Posted Tue December 23, 2008
Walter, Sandra, and kids, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please call if we can do anything for you.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Mon December 29, 2008
Dear Wanda & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and our family will be in my prayers. Wanda McCannon