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Charles Harwood Neill, Jr.

January 3, 1953 — March 9, 2023

AIKEN, SC - Charles "Charlie" Harwood Neill, Jr., 70, beloved husband of Peggy Lynne Hall Neill, passed away Thursday morning, March 9, 2023 in his home surrounded by his loving family.  
Born in Riverside, CA, Charlie was a son of the late Lt. Col. Charles H. and Mary Dickey Neill.
Charlie graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, FL and went on to attend Auburn University where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at Auburn, he met his wife to whom he was devoted for the rest of his life. After their marriage he accepted a position with Fluor Engineers and Constructors in Houston, TX. Later they moved to Raleigh, NC where Charlie obtained his master's in mechanical engineering at NC State University. After graduating, he accepted a position with Dupont's two-year field program before ultimately settling in Aiken, SC where he spent the remainder of his 40 plus year career working at the Savannah River Site.
Charlie enjoyed sports. He bowled, played softball, and recently enjoyed playing pickleball with his wonderful group of friends at St. John's UMC. He was an enthusiastic coach and fan of his children's and grandchildren's various sports teams. He remained an avid Auburn fan throughout his life. Charlie believed in service to his community. He was a longtime volunteer of Habitat for Humanity, Project Vision, St. John's UMC and Gem Lakes. 
He was known for his "dad" jokes, his desire to help, and his ability to fix almost anything. 
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 47 years, Peggy, are his three children Charles "Chad" (Jennifer) Neill, Lexington, SC, Shanna (Bryan) Vasser, Lawrenceville, GA, Nicole (Bryan) Ortner, Aiken, SC; and six grandchildren, Daniel, Maelle, Avery, Wyatt, Kaci, and Rhett. 
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for the support of their many family and friends. 

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, March 18th at 11 o’clock at St. John’s United Methodist Church with The Rev. Dr. W. Timothy McClendon officiating.  A reception will follow the service in Ward Hall.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Habitat for Humanity (, MHA Aiken Nurture Home ( or to St. John’s United Methodist Church (  

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