Mr. James “Leon” Neal, age 94 passed away Thursday June 23, 2022, at his home. Leon was born on September 22, 1927, in Hope, Arkansas, to Brantley and Ida Brown Neal. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1947 and spent 18 months in Japan following WWII upon his return to Hope he worked at Pop Cola and Coca Cola Bottling Companies. He later went to work for the Hope Police Department from 1965 to 1988 retiring as Sargent after 23 years while maintaining his part-time job at Smith Generator. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church, was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Charles Neal, Roger Neal, sisters: Inez Malone and Alice Smith.