On Monday, April 29, 2019, Lloyd Neal McCain, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away at his home in St. Marys surrounded by his family, at the age of 68.
Neal was born on March 13, 1951, in Harvey, Ill., to Keith and Betty McCain.
Neal earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity and his Doctor of Medicine in the charter class of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He served on numerous hospital committees as well as president of the medical staff at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was a fellow of American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and a clinical professor at Southern Illinois University. Throughout the 31 years of his surgical practice, Neal was dearly loved by his patients, staff and colleagues. Likewise, he loved them and his surgical career he was so passionate about.
Always wanting to live life to its fullest, Neal was the epitome of “work hard, play hard.” He consistently found time to follow many personal interests with his family and friends. Among these were coaching Little League baseball, motorcycling, golfing, sailing, snow and water skiing, scuba diving, distance running, bicycling, hiking, kayaking and playing tennis, softball, bridge, pinochle and Mouse Trap.
As a faithful follower of Christ, Neal was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church, a Stephen minister, a volunteer at the Helping Hands food pantry and part of the James Gang small group.
Neal was preceded in death by his father, Keith, and mother, Betty.
He is survived by his wife, Renee; his three children, Matthew McCain (Alyssa), Michael McCain and Amanda James (Christopher); his granddaughters, Corinne McCain, Ava and Abigail James; his sister, Janean Beauchamp; his loving in-laws; his nieces; nephews; and cousins.
A memorial service and visitation will be held Sunday, June 9, at St. Marys United Methodist Church, 106 Conyers St. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. and the memorial service will be held at 3 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Marys United Methodist Church or Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Marys.