June 14, 1931 ~ November 12, 2021

Born in: Miami, FL
Resided in: Leicester, NC

The Rev. Fr. Lewis Philip McNeil, 90, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, at his home in Leicester.

Fr. McNeil was born June 14, 1931, in Miami, FL to Louis Philip and Jennie Louise Aspley McNeil, a pioneer Miami family. He attended Florida State University before serving four years in the US Navy. He then joined the Jesuits as a novitiate after which he attended seminary at Notre Dame in New Orleans. He was ordained as a priest December 21, 1963, by Bishop Coleman Carroll.

In addition to serving as a priest in the Archdiocese of Miami, he also worked as a school counselor with the Miami-Dade Public School System and helped develop Miami’s computer system. Fr. McNeil retired to Buncombe County in 2001.

He is survived by his adopted son, John M. Chorgo.

A Funeral Mass will be con-celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Patrick Cahill and Rev. Fr. John M. Pagel at St. Eugene Catholic Church at 12:30 pm on Monday, November 22.

Burial will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Social Services, 50 Orange Street, Asheville, NC 28801, or to St. Joseph Seminary, Diocese of Charlotte, 22 Arctus Avenue, Mt. Holly, NC 28120.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements.


Funeral Mass: November 22, 2021 12:30 pm

St. Eugene's Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street
Asheville, NC 28804


Burial: November 22, 2021 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Dear Family of Rev. Father L. Philip McNeil,
    On behalf of the St.Eugene Church Bereavement Ministry, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of your loved one. Please know that our Ministry will be praying for your family during this time of sadness. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if there is anything we can do to help your family.
    Ginny Raviotta
    St. Eugene Church Bereavement Ministry


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