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Scott Reed O’Neal

A memorial service for Scott Reed O’Neal, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2019 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. O’Neal passed away at 8:25 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2019 at his home.


He was born November 6, 1952, at Kennett, Missouri, to Graham Justus O’Neal and Camilla “Connie” Guill O’Neal.  On June 19, 1981, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Kay Havens Smallwood.  In high school, Scott enjoyed being involved with speech and debate.  While attending college, he worked at KWTO Radio.  Mr. O’Neal began his career as a teacher in several schools, including Willow Springs in 1976 and at Richards in 1979; he then began as a principal in 1993 at Elsberry, Missouri, then Northwest R-1 School District in Cedar Hill, Missouri, from 1997 until his retirement in 2005.  Scott enjoyed electronic gadgets, computers, fishing.  He was a past board member of Ozark Independent Living.  Mr. O’Neal attended First United Methodist Church, West Plains, Missouri.


He is survived by his wife, Kay O’Neal, of the family home; one step-son, Scott Smallwood, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Shelby Holland, Ethan Hale, Emily  Morris and Kolton Smallwood; one great-grandchild, Caroline Rae Hale; his mother, Connie O’Neal; one sister, Kathleen Aid and husband, Toney, all of West Plains; one brother, Grant O’Neal and wife, Patty, Columbia, Missouri; his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, Rachel Beaman and her husband, Daniel and their two children, Jacob and Ethan, Leslie O’Neal, Graham Aid, Stockholm, Sweden, Hilary Aid and spouse, Mason and their daughter, Ashby, all of Columbia, Missouri.


His father and one step-daughter, Athena Holland, preceded him in death.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Graham and Connie O’Neal Scholarship at Missouri State University, West Plains or West Plains Regional Animal Shelter and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at