Earl McNeal, age 86, of Hoschton passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Earl was born on June 19, 1933 to Lena McNeal Rouse. Earl graduated from Braselton High School, where he was first string on the 1951 state championship basketball team. Earl was also a U.S. Army veteran. Earl enjoyed auctions, fishing, watching the Atlanta Braves, and loved his family. Survivors include daughters Debbie McNeal of Hoschton, Vicki Dockery and husband Randy of Flowery Branch; grandchildren Misti DeVere and husband Michael of Gainesville, Angie Chaffin and husband Rob of North Carolina, Rick Griffin and wife EC of Flowery Branch; great grandchildren Josh, Justin, Mia, Katie, Ana, Drew; great great grandchildren Trey, Melody. Numerous nieces and nephews and a special sister-in-law Laverne Richardson Freeman. Earl is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Mildred McNeal, his mother, brother James Rouse and a special brother-in-law Ralph Richardson. Funeral service will be held at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, 11:00 AM, February 8, 2020. Brian Cronier will be officiating . Interment will be at Walnut Fork Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors, 557 GA-60, Hoschton, GA 30548. The family will receive friends Friday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, February 7, 2020 at Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, www.lawsonfunerahome.org, 706-654-0966.