- February 20, 1954 - January 10, 2013
- Searcy, Arkansas
of Kenneth's Passing
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“Chapel was very moving and sad. I never had the opportunity to meet this amazing man, but my greatest sympathy pours out to his family, friends, and...Read More »
1 of 95 | Posted by: Alaina Galbier - jamestown, NY
“I have spoken to several people who knew and loved Dr. Neller and a recurring theme has been that he was such a godly man. Surely there is nothing...Read More »
2 of 95 | Posted by: Priscilla Jones - Olive Branch, MS
“What a loss to the christian community.. I know he has achieved his reward, but I know he will be missed at home, Harding, Downtown and to many...Read More »
3 of 95 | Posted by: scott lloyd - ozark, MO - Friend
“I had Dr Neller for a class and remembered him to be strict professor with a zeal for God. I also attended Downtown during my time at Harding.
I'm...Read More »
4 of 95 | Posted by: Benjamin Yam - CHARLOTTE, NC
“Dear Family of Ken,
I am saddened to hear of your loss and the loss to Harding. I did not have Brother Ken as a teacher when I was there at Harding ...Read More »
5 of 95 | Posted by: Betty Lee Fulop - acquaintance
“My heartfelt condolences to you, Barbara, and to your loved ones.
6 of 95 | Posted by: Heidi Medenica - Madison, AL
“You will all be in our prayers. Dr. Neller made sure I knew that Revelation had no "S" and lots of other things. He will be missed.
7 of 95 | Posted by: Joel Pritchett - Student 2006
“I worked with Ken at the Downtown church from 1993 to 1997 while I was a student at Harding. I remember him to be such a positive and joyful man of...Read More »
8 of 95 | Posted by: Jay Collins
“Dear Barbara and family,
I grieve with you, and I pray for you! I thank God for Dr. Neller, and for the great impact he has had on me and on so many...Read More »
9 of 95 | Posted by: Snezana Lepki
“I came to harding very new to ministry, but knew I wanted to spend my life serving our great and wonderful God. Being miles away from home and coming...Read More »
10 of 95 | Posted by: Vern Dale - searcy, AR - student
“Shocked and saddened at our sudden loss...
May God be with his family.
Thankful that he leaves such a wonderful legacy.
11 of 95 | Posted by: Rebecca Tubb - Sparta, TN
“Please know we are praying for all of you at Ken's sudden passing. It was great knowing Ken at Harding during our TNT/Zeta Rho years and even more...Read More »
12 of 95 | Posted by: Nancy Chaffin Eichman - Irmo,, SC
“I love Ken Neller and always looked forward to his turn to preach at the Downtown congregation. He made us all feel special. His family were...Read More »
13 of 95 | Posted by: Winnie Bell - Crossville, TN
“We can't be in Searcy today to celebrate Ken's life but our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Barbara, Aunt Connie & Uncle Vern our hearts...Read More »
14 of 95 | Posted by: Mary Taylor - Humble, TX
“Barbara, I am so saddened by the loss of Ken. Our friendship over the last 20 years was rooted mostly in memories of college football and, most...Read More »
15 of 95 | Posted by: Adrian Hickmon - Searcy, AR
“Losing someone that has been so important in our lives is not easy. My sympathy goes out to the entire family, friends, students, and others that...Read More »
16 of 95 | Posted by: Betty Albright - Canton, OH
“Dear friends and family,
Thank you for the outpouring of love, care, and the amazing number of memories (we are reading all of them!) you have...Read More »
17 of 95 | Posted by: Irene Neller - sister-in-law
“Neale always respected you as a student and then....as a fellow teacher. I am honored to know this wonderful Christian family. Love You All Very...Read More »
18 of 95 | Posted by: Treva Pryor - Searcy, AR
“Dr. Neller was a true teacher. He taught from the pulpit, taught in the classroom, and taught in the hallways. His class notes are of lasting value...Read More »
19 of 95 | Posted by: Mark Webb - Cedar Rapids, IA
“Our community has lost a good man, and a good Bible teacher. Ken's family has lost a pillar of spiritual strength. Our world has been diminished by...Read More »
20 of 95 | Posted by: Larry Long - Searcy, AR
“Grateful. Thankful. Humbled. Sorrowful. Hopeful. Assured.
See you later....
21 of 95 | Posted by: Steve Pylkas - Trenton, MI
“Ken will be missed so very much, he was a man of God and a gifted man. A great teacher and mentor to many.
22 of 95 | Posted by: Art & sSonja Parsons - Searcy, AR
“In my life I have met few people I think more highly of than Ken. I feel sad that I lost contact with him over the years. I know that in times such...Read More »
23 of 95 | Posted by: Greg Phillips - Huntsville, AL
“I am a Harding alum and attend lectures for many years. Sorry for your loss and Harding's loss
24 of 95 | Posted by: Jerry Culbertson - Albertville, AL
“A great loss to the Harding family, to the church, but most of all to his family. May god bless his family and give them peace, as Ken takes his...Read More »
25 of 95 | Posted by: James & Joni Mackey - Searcy, AR
“The world was a better place because of Ken. Our deepest condolences.
26 of 95 | Posted by: Sutterfield-Qualls Family - AR
“Dear Mrs Neller and sons,
My wife and I are very sorry for your recent loss of Dr Neller. It is still hard to believe he is gone and we are saddened...Read More »
27 of 95 | Posted by: Gian Monzon - former student
“It is sad to hear of the loss of Ken. Our assurance is that he is in a better place. I pray peace for your family.
I remember Ken as one of "my...Read More »
28 of 95 | Posted by: Cliff Sharp - Murfreesboro, TN
“We were Downtown members 2000-2004 at a time when Ken was preaching regularly. I'm sure so many others have expressed this, but we so looked forward...Read More »
29 of 95 | Posted by: Frank and Lou Ann Black - IN
“My wife and I, while we were students at Harding, loved Dr. Neller's preaching. We also took Life of Christ with him, and I still remember it as one...Read More »
30 of 95 | Posted by: Nick Boone - Searcy, AR - student
“Dr Neller was a teacher and mentor to my oldest son; when time came for graduation and the blessing ceremony, Dr Neller offered the blessing for...Read More »
31 of 95 | Posted by: Rebecca Jordan Strasser - Wynne, AR
“I carry with me some great memories from our times together at Harding. Ken was a club brother and an impressive young man who excelled in so many...Read More »
32 of 95 | Posted by: Byron Howell - Germantown, TN
“Barbara and Boys,
I had the privilege of knowing Ken as both a professor and a colleague. When I was his student I was awed by his incredible...Read More »
33 of 95 | Posted by: Devin Swindle - Searcy, AR
“God bless you
34 of 95 | Posted by: Gordon & Jane Hogan - Searcy, AR
“For just one class with this fine teacher, I have to say he is one of the great influence on my University career. You could sense his passion for...Read More »
35 of 95 | Posted by: Marlon Carr - Antigua W.I
“Ken inspired others with his faithfulness and work ethic.
36 of 95 | Posted by: Rance Reagan
“Our daughter Karen Hendrix Love, who knew Dr. Neller's sons fromt he Academy was the first to contact us and give us the news from Zambia. We are so...Read More »
37 of 95 | Posted by: Arlin and Pamela Hendrix
“I always remember how kind and caring Ken was towards us Harding students when I attended Downtown years ago. He always had a smile to share and...Read More »
38 of 95 | Posted by: Kristin Gomez - Searcy, AR
“Blessings on the Neller family as they mourn the passing of such a great man.
39 of 95 | Posted by: Doug Shields - Oxford, MS
“Dear Barbara & Family, we are so sorry for your loss of Ken. He blessed our lives repeatedly, as he did for so many. May God's peace be with you all...Read More »
40 of 95 | Posted by: Peggy Huckeba - Friend
“I'm very sorry to hear the news. I was blessed to be a student in Dr. Neller's Greek classes, and I'm teaching my children some Greek now and have...Read More »
41 of 95 | Posted by: Brian Mitchell - Austin, TX
“May God surround you with his blanket of comfort and strength. Much love to your family.
42 of 95 | Posted by: Clara Carroll - Friend
“We pray that Barbara, the Neller family, relatives, and close friends are comforted in the loss of Ken Neller. Dr. Neller show his colors as a high...Read More »
43 of 95 | Posted by: David Roggendorff - HUNTSVILLE, AL
“God Bless, Still so hard to believe.
44 of 95 | Posted by: Ted and Marcie Lloyd - Searcy, AR
“He was such a wonderful Christian. We will miss him here on earth but are pleased he is with the Lord.
45 of 95 | Posted by: Jan Baur Reeder - Buffalo, TX
“I worked with Dr. Neller as part of the Downtown Church of Christ while I was at Harding working the sound system. I also had the honor of sitting...Read More »
46 of 95 | Posted by: William & Bettina Cansler
“I am very sorry for your loss. I had just finished researching ministry programs on Hardings website where I saw your loved one's "Meet the Teachers"...Read More »
47 of 95 | Posted by: Sarah Borges - Milwaukee, WI
“I was privileged to have had Dr. Neller as my lecturer for three courses. My gratitude to him is ineffable. His last words to me as we parted...Read More »
48 of 95 | Posted by: Elton Terry - Student
“The Lord used Dr. Neller to bring me to Christ. I am eternally grateful. May the Lord be with you during this hard time.
49 of 95 | Posted by: Jace Longnecker - Atlanta, GA
“My respect for Ken was a respect that grew over time and experiences of him. He was always willing to genuinely engage, trust the truth of Scripture...Read More »
50 of 95 | Posted by: Randy Willingham - Searcy, AR
“I love Ken as a brother in Christ and respect him as a colleague in teaching and preaching the wonderful message of Christ. Helen and I are shocked...Read More »
51 of 95 | Posted by: William T. (Bill) Lambert - AR
“Ron and I are so sorry to hear of Ken's death. We appreciate his work at Harding and at Downtown. His sermons were always clear and wellprepared. ...Read More »
52 of 95 | Posted by: Faye Doran - Searcy, AR
“Dr. Neller always had an encouraging word when I needed it most; I knew that he genuinely cared for me and all of his students. I was privileged to...Read More »
53 of 95 | Posted by: Scott Balentine - Cordova, TN
“I have very fond memories of my semester in Greece with Dr. Neller and his wife Barbara. They both welcomed our HUG group into their home many times...Read More »
54 of 95 | Posted by: Rachel Marshall - Bowling Green, KY
“Barbara and loving family, we send our prayers and love to you...we enjoyed our years at Southside with you all.
Love from our family,
Bob and...Read More »
55 of 95 | Posted by: Bob and Barbara Jones - Ft Myers, FL
“Praying for you at this time of your loss.
56 of 95 | Posted by: Bill & Beverly Baldridge - Searcy, AR
“We enjoyed his good humor & good example. He will be missed by many.
57 of 95 | Posted by: Gale & Dana Hanna - Letona, AR
“Dr. Neller was a great man and teacher. He had a way about him that opened up your whole world to christ. He always spoke of the Gospels with a...Read More »
58 of 95 | Posted by: Joshua Vance - Searcy, AR
“Dr.Nellar, truly a man of God. I've learned a lot from him as we worked together with his Greek classes. He opened his heart and his home to his...Read More »
59 of 95 | Posted by: Raymond Richardson
“He may not have thought of me as a son, but as far as I was concerned, he was a father figure and guide to me for my first semester at Harding. I...Read More »
60 of 95 | Posted by: Christopher Ellis - Glasgow, KY
“Dr Neller was a great man, professor, teacher, and minister. My heart goes out to Dr Neller's family. May the God of all comfort and peace give you...Read More »
61 of 95 | Posted by: zachary blaisdell - Plano, TX
“Dear Barbara, Colin, Seth and family--
Kenneth was one of the first to encourage me to accept the teaching job at Harding and his encouragement...Read More »
62 of 95 | Posted by: Dale W. Manor - Searcy, AR
“Dear Barbara and family,
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ken. What a wonderful man of God. Our love, prayers and sympathy to all...Read More »
63 of 95 | Posted by: Ed and Beth Wilson - Friend
“We are thinking of you at this time! Our hearts are heavy, but we believe God's Word that this world is not our home! Blessings to all of you...Read More »
64 of 95 | Posted by: Zac & Connie Muncy Family - AR
“Ken literally was in the first college class that I ever taught: 8:00 music appreciation in the science building, front row, third from the right....Read More »
65 of 95 | Posted by: Arthur Shearin - Searcy, AR
“So sorry for your loss and praying for God arms to comfort you....we love you Barb, Colin, Seth and family. Carl & Annette Webster
66 of 95 | Posted by: Annette & Carl Webster - TN
“Barbara and family,
My heart aches for you but I remember Ken as a true servant of God. His words at his father-in-laws funeral were a true...Read More »
67 of 95 | Posted by: Brenda odom - Rome, GA
I pray the comfort and grace of our God upon you. Ken was an amazing teacher and mentor. Despite his academic standing, he never made...Read More »
68 of 95 | Posted by: Jimmy Cooper - Searcy, AR
“Dear Barbara and family,
God bless you as you celebrate Ken's life and miss him. You are in my prayers. Ken was dearly loved and influenced many for...Read More »
69 of 95 | Posted by: Terri Taylor - Searcy, AR
“Dr Neller you were a wonderful influence to me and I will always be thankful. To your family, my prayers for you in your loss of a wonderful husband...Read More »
70 of 95 | Posted by: Nathan King '95 - Lewisville, TX
“Barbara and family,
You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. I remember you all at Harding. I graduated with the class of 1977. Please know that I...Read More »
71 of 95 | Posted by: Vicki L. Emery - Joplin, MO
“What a wonderful speaker and example Ken Neller was! Praying earnestly for his family.
72 of 95 | Posted by: Heather Davis - Searcy, AR
“Our son thought his teaching of Greek was the best. As parents, we appreciated that he wanted to make a difference for his students in helping them...Read More »
73 of 95 | Posted by: Jeff & Annice Bumpus - Charlotte, NC
“Dr. Neller was a kind, caring teacher who was concerned for his students. His New Testament Survey class was a great way to start the school day. He...Read More »
74 of 95 | Posted by: Bill and Cherie Bradley - Searcy, AR
“I remember having Ken his 1st year teaching at Harding. He graded my undergrad research paper and said it was the best one he had received, and...Read More »
75 of 95 | Posted by: Andrew Cash - Springfield, MO
“Ken has been a friend and mentor since I began at Harding in December of 2008. He has been a shepherd to me and my family since we placed membership...Read More »
76 of 95 | Posted by: Tim Howard - Searcy, AR
“We are very sorry for your loss. He was a great man! Our family always enjoyed him at Downtown. He will be missed.
Drew, Audrey, Griffin and...Read More »
77 of 95 | Posted by: Audrey Chandler - Texarkana, AR
“I first met Ken in the fall of 2010 and found him to be a very sincere & compassionate friend and fellow believer. I'm so sorry to hear of his...Read More »
78 of 95 | Posted by: Michael Spradlin - Hampton, GA
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn your loss.
79 of 95 | Posted by: Nancy Essner Jackson - Lilburn, GA
“You all are in my prayers as this saddens me. He was an awesome example of a Christian man and helped me with great advise at one of the most hurtful...Read More »
80 of 95 | Posted by: Jessica Duley - Bloomfield, MO
“Dr. Neller presented me with my blessing when I graduated from Harding and it means so very much to me. I keep the framed blessing in the office of...Read More »
81 of 95 | Posted by: Frank Franks - Great Falls, MT
“A genuine servant of the living and written Word! See you soon dear brother.
82 of 95 | Posted by: Joseph - Nashville, TN
“I'm praying for you and your family.
I am so sorry to hear about what happened.
Dr. Neller was a huge blessing and a huge impact on my life and on...Read More »
83 of 95 | Posted by: Frank Franks - Student
84 of 95 | Posted by: Frank Franks - Great Falls, MT
My deepest love and compassion accompany this message. What a shock to all of his family and friends and what a blessing it must be to him....Read More »
85 of 95 | Posted by: Kay Gowen
“Very sorry to hear of your loss Barbara and boys. Aunt Nancy Ballard called us very soon after the news. We will be praying for you for comfort and...Read More »
86 of 95 | Posted by: Jack Davis - Sitka, AK
“Ken was a wonderful man of God. I remember Ken & Barbara visiting me in the hospital. He will be greatly missed but he is receiving his reward that...Read More »
87 of 95 | Posted by: Abby Stone - Sherwood, AR
“I first met Ken in Uganda, on one of the first of many visits to teach local church leaders there. What a splendid teacher and mentor he was to so...Read More »
88 of 95 | Posted by: Ian Shelburne - Abilene, TX
“Barbara and Family,
We send our deepest sympathy. Our prayers
are with you. I greatly enjoyed working with Ken as faculty on IP programs. May
God...Read More »
89 of 95 | Posted by: Kim and Dan Atchley
“We are sorry for your loss and will be praying for you.
90 of 95 | Posted by: Neal and Natalie Daugherty (class of 97) - TX
“Ken was an exceptional teacher and a wonderful colleague on the Harding Bible Faculty. He was kind, yet forceful in his beliefs. He was always...Read More »
91 of 95 | Posted by: Don Shackelford - Searcy, AR
“Ken was my teacher in Greek while I attended the CAMT program, but more than that he was a good friend and fellow minister. He is much loved and...Read More »
92 of 95 | Posted by: Jim and Susie DuBose - Searcy, AR
“God's richest blessings of mercy as you mourn.
93 of 95 | Posted by: Kristi Belt - Houston, TX
“May God bless and give you strength during this difficult time. The Harding family mourns with you and shares your sorrow. We rejoice in his victory...Read More »
94 of 95 | Posted by: Liz Howell - Searcy, AR - Friend
“May God bless the Neller family!
95 of 95 | Posted by: James Canterbury
Powell Funeral Home
Dr. Kenneth Vern Neller, 58, of Searcy, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. He was born on February 20, 1954, in Corona, California to Connie and LaVern Neller.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 38 years, Barbara; sons Colin (Eden) and Seth (Sarah); parents Connie and LaVern; siblings Dennis, Diane (Joe), and Brett (Irene); and 2 granddaughters Juliette and Violet and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a true follower of Christ, faithful husband, loving father, super Papa, devoted minister and shepherd. He was a servant, professor, scholar, mentor, and friend. He was a great and wise man of God, an inspiration, leader, counselor, and encourager. A man of integrity and faith; many never saw him without a smile on his face or an encouraging word.
He dedicated his life in service to God and had an impact on the lives of countless people over the years. He devoted his life to serving his Lord and Friend through his work as a minister and elder at Downtown Church of Christ, Searcy, Arkansas, as a professor of Bible and Religion at Harding University, and in Uganda helping and teaching others how to spread the gospel.
We rejoice that he has been called home to our Lord Jesus as "a good and faithful servant."
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM at Downtown Church of Christ to be followed immediately by the memorial service. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery and Powell Funeral Home of Searcy is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Dr. Kenneth V. Neller Scholarship For Ministry Fund via the Harding University Advancement Office, 915 East Market, HU Box 12238, Searcy, AR 72149-2238. www.powellfuneralhome.net
2602 W. Beebe Capps Expy Searcy, AR 72143
Tel. (501) 268-7220