Andrew Blair O'Neal was born Jan. 27, 1965 in Apalachicola to Wayne and Grace O'Neal of Apalachicola.
He was called home to rest with his Father on Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Apalachicola, after trying to go out oystering to make an honest days living to take care of his family.
He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Family Catholic Church where he also served as a altar boy. He attended Apalachicola High School and later joined the Job Corps where he earned his GED and received a welding trade. He worked as a welder with Misener Marine and later started his own business as a commercial oysterman.
Andrew was a loyal and devoted family man who cared about his family and community. He was always willing to lend a helping hand in any situation.
Those to be forever blessed by his life is his wife, Carla O'Neal, who he married on June 26, 1998. To this marriage, they brought together 10 children, Shawanna Woods, Jor'el O'Neal, Serita Givens, Ricoh O'Neal, Andrea O'Neal, Grace O'Neal, Cynthia Sanders, Shellie Sanders, Pete Sanders, and Brendan Hutchins; and 13 grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memory his parents Wayne and Grace O’Neal, of Apalachicola; in-laws Mitchell McCalpin, of Apalachicola, and Sarah French, of Eastpoint, two sisters, Wanda Owens (Glen), of Waycross, Ga., and Natalie Booth (Otis), of Tallahassee; four brothers Wayne O'Neal Jr. and Leon O'Neal (Sherry), all of Apalachicola, Lawrence O'Neal (Angel), of Macon, Ga., and Ryan O'Neal (Cheyenne), of Tampa; Godmother Rose McCoy Thomas, of Apalachicola; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many sorrowing friends.
The viewing will be held at Kelley Funeral Home Friday evening, June 6, from 5 to 6 p.m., with rosary said at 6 p.m.. The funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Apalachicola on Saturday morning, June 7 at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Magnolia Cemetery.