Judith “Judie” S. O’Neal


Judith “Judie” S. O’Neal, age 79, passed away Sunday July 25, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on May 28, 1942, to John Jr. and Nell Stark.

Judie graduated East Jefferson High School, in Metairie, LA in 1960. She then went to school for 3 years at Southeastern University to major in Elementary Education. In 1975, Judie received a certification from ASCP for Medical Technologist. She also had a degree in Graphic Design from St Pete, FL in 1995.

Her late husband Walter O’Neal was in the military where he served in the US Army and Air force, which allowed Judie to travel across the nation. She lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia. Judie worked for the US Government for 25 years as a Medical Technologist and computer programmer.

Her main hobbies in life were Crafts, Volleyball, hiking, painting, reading, traveling, but above all she loved to play softball. After retirement Judie was a stone crab fisherman on the Gulf of Mexico, where she was the only woman on the docks.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. O’Neal; daughter, Mary Ann O’Neal’; parents, John Jr. and Nell Stark; brother, John L. Stark III. Judie is survived by her son, Jeffrey L. O’Neal (Michelle); grandchildren, Amy Stephens Berry (Pretntis), Brian Stephens, Alexa O’Neal, Sidnie O’Neal, Parker O’Neal; great grandchildren, Wyatt Berry; brother, William Stark; sister, Janis Stark; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be a funeral service Friday, August 6, 2021 in the Charter Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will begin at 11 am followed by a service at 12 pm. Judie will be laid to rest in the Alabama National Cemetery at 1:15 pm


  1. Ken and Stephanie Hunley on July 30, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    My husband and I, knew Judie for over forty-one years. She was a dear and loyal friend. We shared many holidays and birthdays together when we all lived in Texas. Her and Walt, Jeff and MaryAnn, were like family to us. Our children knew her as “Aunt Judie”.
    We will miss her deeply, as a member of our family. Lord willing, we will all meet together with our Savior once again.
    May the Lord bring comfort to her family during this difficult time. And may His Word be their strength.
    Ken and Stephanie Hunley

  2. Susan C Elbare on August 7, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I knew Judie through Doug Hicks when she lived in the Tampa Bay area. We would visit her home and she went on a vacation with us to a small town in Florida by the Gulf one summer.. I did not know all the other things she had done in life and am amazed at what I read. I knew her as Doug’s cousin who was the glue in helping to keep people connected to family.