Dewey Thomas Neely

August 3, 1944 ~ August 25, 2018 (age 74)


Dewey Thomas Neely peacefully met his Maker in Marshall, Texas on August 25, 2018 at the age of 74. Dewey was born on August 3, 1944 in Caruthersville, Missouri to Dewey Middleton and Clara June (Weaver) Caudill. He spent his childhood there and moved to Memphis, Tennessee soon after graduation. He served in the United States Air Force in Rantoul, Illinois and then returned home to Memphis to pursue a career in the hotel industry. He and his former wife, Valerie, there became parents with the birth of their daughter, Heather. Dewey's job took them to Nashville, Tennessee; Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; Germantown, Tennessee; and finally to Dallas, Texas where they resided for 25 years. After working his way into corporate hotel management, he decided to leave the executive world and began his career in consulting, which is what brought him to East Texas. He enjoyed barbequing, the Dallas Cowboys and cherished his many friendships in Marshall. Dewey was a member of the Rotary Club, President of the Caruthersville Chamber of Commerce, President of the Nashville Hotel and Motel Organization and a member of the American Legion. Dewey is preceded in death by his mother, Clara June Caudill; his father, Dewey Middleton; and his aunt, Nettie Neely and uncle, Ernest McKinley Neely who raised him. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Basso; her husband, Frankie and their three children, Madeleine, Owen and Whit. He is also survived by his sisters, Connie Anderson and Ann Oldham. A Celebration of Life service for Dewey will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 9:00am at Meadowbrook Funeral Home with Scott Turner officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the American Legion, Carry the Load or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at

Celebration of Life

AUG 31. 9:00 AM

Meadowbrook Funeral Home

1804 S Washington Ave

Marshall, TX, 75670

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