William Frederick Neal, Jr. (Bill), 76, passed away Sept. 1 in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 25, 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia to the late William F. Neal and Elsie Marjorie (Carte) Neal. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Eleanor “Midge”; stepson Billy; and brother James E. Neal. He leaves behind his stepchildren, Peggy, Betty, Charles, Elmer, Frank and Mark Ayers; sons Kenny and Jimmy Neal; and his sister, Katheryn (Neal) Buchoz. A memorial service will be held Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, with Pastor Nash presiding.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.