Neal Ernest Velvin
1936 — 2021
Neal Ernest Velvin, 85, passed away peacefully at home on March 31, 2021 in Athens, Texas. Neal was born in Tyler, Texas on February 20, 1936. He was a graduate of Tyler High School where he played quarterback. Neal received his degree in civil engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, Neal was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity as well as a part of the collegiate basketball and swim team his freshman year. He also met his wife, Nell, while attending Southern Methodist University and on July 18, 1959 they married in Kaufman, Texas. In 1966, Neal and his family moved to Athens, Texas where he opened his own civil engineering office before partnering...