Schedule of Events / Times and Dates


January 14, 2021

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Sen. Joe Neal memorials finalized

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV — Most of those who want to pay their final respects to former State Senator Joe Neal will have to stay in their cars or do so virtually because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Here are dates and details.

Service times and information for the Senator Joe Neal Memorial

Wake: Visitation Friday, January 15, 2021, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Davis Funeral Homes and Memorial Park, 6200 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119. A maximum of 30 people will be allowed at any time. Ushers will assist.  Note: pre-recorded videos containing audio-visual sentiments, proclamations and declarations will begin at 5:00 pm. Please see the YouTube link below.

Funeral:  St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 1920 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106. Because of COVID-19 precautions, the service will be closed to all but immediate family.  However, there is a designated YouTube channel link to allow the service to be viewed virtually. Please see the links below for audio and video participation. Saturday, January 16, 2021; Prelude 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Mass 11:00 am- 12:00 noon. Masks are required.

Drive-by condolences: January 16, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:30 am at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 1920 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106. During this designated time, sympathy cards or gifts may be brought to the church and programs will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Ushers will assist. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicle during this event.   Masks are required.

Drive-thru Repass: January 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Cary Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicle during this event.  Masks are required..

Interment:  Because of COVID-19 precautions, the service will be invitation only.   The ceremony will begin at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.  Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, please direct your giving to the following causes

Joe Neal STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics Academy): Mail check to Joseph M. Neal Elementary School, Attention: Principal Murray, 6651 W. Azure Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-1415.

Joseph Martin Neal Jr. Scholarship at Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA.: Mail check to Southern University Law Center, Attention: Robbin Thomas, P.O. Box 9294, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. Write in the memo line to “Joseph Martin Neal Jr. Scholarship.” You may also contribute directly online. Please go to the following website:

Joe Neal Scholarship Program, Las Vegas Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity: Culture for Service Foundation 501c: Mail check to Epsilon Psi Sigma Chapter, P.O. Box 270081, Las Vegas, NV 89127.

Sympathy cards may be mailed to Ms. Withania Neal, 1308 Cactus Grove Court, North Las Vegas, NV 89084. Gifts may be sent via PayPal addressed to the Joe Neal Memorial.

Links to view or listen to services on Friday, January 15, 2021 and Saturday, January 16, 2021.


KCEP 88.1 fm

"Senator Joe Neal was always generous to share his time and wisdom with many of us in Northern Nevada.  He was a pioneer in his personal and political life; a trailblazer in our state and showed a way for many young politicians to follow. From the cotton fields of Louisiana to the chambers of the Nevada Legislature, the accomplishments during the life and times of Senator Joe Neal will not be forgotten."

Lonnie L. Feemster
President, NAACP Reno Sparks Branch #1112
Vice-President, NAACP Tri-State Conference Idaho/Nevada/Utah
Former Nevada State Director, NAACP National Voter Fund


Family Obituary

July 28, 1935 — December 31, 2020

Senator “Joe” Joseph Martin Neal, Jr. was born in Mounds, Louisiana to Joseph and Josephine Neal on July 28, 1935. After high school, he moved to Las Vegas where he joined the U.S. Air Force and later graduated from Chicago’s Institute of Applied Science, where he studied civil identification and criminal investigation. Passionate about education, he then attended Southern University and A&M College, where he earned a B.S. in Political Science and History; prior to attending Southern University Law School for postgraduate studies.

At Southern University, he met and married his life-long love, Estelle Anne Deconge-Neal. To this union were born five 5 children.

As Nevada's first black state senator, he served for 32 years. He earned his reputation as the “Westside Slugger” because he was a relentless champion for justice and a fierce fighter for historically marginalized communities.

He leaves to cherish a host of family and friends. Children: First Lady Charisse Neal-Washington, B.A. (Chaplain Phillip Washington Sr.); Dr. Tania Neal-Edwards, D.O., Family Medicine (Dr. Dothel W. Edwards, Jr., RhD); Dr. Withania Neal, PharmD; Nevada State Senator Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas, Juris Doctor; Joseph Neal, B.A. (Semilla Cooper-Neal, B.A., M.A.).

Grandchildren: Philip Jr., John, James and Estelle Wilson and James Upshaw; Jonah, Micah, and Abigail Edwards; Alphonse and Christian Neal, Alexandra and Tuwaski Neal, and Naomie Neal. Great grandchildren:  Zamarion Wilson, and Tru King Neal. Two brothers: Jerry Neal, Charles Neal, Celester “Cliff” Watkins (Doris Jean Watkins), and Tommy Neal. And a host of nieces and nephews.

Wake: Friday, January 15, 2021, Davis Funeral Home , 6200 S. Eastern Avenue, NV 89119; 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Funeral Service: Saturday, January 16, 2021, St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 1920 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106, 9:00am - 12:00 noon

Interment: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Dr., Boulder City, NV. 89005, 10:40am

See for Live Coverage of Funeral Service (YouTube and KCEP 88.1)


Wake-In Remembrance Videos - Google Drive

Some things to remember about using a webcam or cell phone camera:


Start the recording, count yourself in (3-2-1), then give a brief pause before you start.

When you have finished your talk, stay looking into the camera for a few seconds before looking away and stopping the record

All of the above is crucial for editing!

Recording Via ZOOM
Speak one person at a time, ONLY
If you don’t want to be seen, mute your microphone while others record

Webcam Recording (On your Own)

Go to the Start menu and search CAMERA
When the camera activates, be sure the toggle on the right side of the window is on Video
Recorded Video can be found in Pictures>Camera Roll

Go to the Applications menu and open QuickTime Player
Click File> New Movie Recording
When finished, save the file to the destination of your choosing.

Cell Phone Recording (On Your Own)
Turn your phone sideways for a wider landscape look
Your phone sideways puts the camera frame at a 16:9 aspect ratio that fits modern televisions and computer screens
Keeping the phone straight up and down creates a tall and thin frame more common to social media content
Best practice for shooting any video on a cell phone is to always shoot with the phone sideways

Please rename any recorded file to clearly indicate your name and affiliation.
This will help with keeping track of the many videos that will be a part of this production.

Try to set your camera at eye level
Use things like boxes or books to give the camera height.
Your camera LIKELY has an Auto Iris enabled! 
If the camera's picture is compensating for changes in the light by getting darker in a bright location, or the opposite, getting brighter in a dark location, Auto Iris is enabled
This can be turned off but it's not necessary.    
Using Auto Iris is totally fine, just remember
Avoid having any sort of bright light behind you and in the frame of your shot. This would over-expose the light and leave you dark in the shot
Windows with open curtains in the daylight
Lamps or overhead lighting with uncovered or exposed light bulbs
Light looks good coming from the front of you
This will give Auto iris the best results
Also, be mindful of your general background.
You might consider setting up your camera with a background of
A nice bookshelf
Home office
Entertainment center
Any nice well kept room of your home
Plants inside or outside of the home
Your backyard pool or garden area
Anywhere that has depth or space behind you

Not Recommended
A flat wall directly behind you.
This can easily create a distracting shadow

For Audio
Be aware of possible environmental elements that could cause distraction
Planes, trains and automobiles
Construction or heavy machinery
TVs or radios
Loud animals
If you don't want to be heard, mute your microphone.
Group chats between 3 or more people can be particularly difficult because
The platforms have a very good Video Follows Audio feature built in.
If audio is picked up on your mic, your picture might populate everyone else's screen, wanted or not.
It is easy to talk over someone else because of delay and not seeing them.

As you are creating your videos, if you have questions or need assistance please contact:
Ashton Ridley
Mobile/Text: 702-799-9341
Office: 702-789-0437


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