Charles Neigh


Dr. Charles Edgar Neigh, 79, of Pine, Ariz. died Dec. 29, 2000 in Pine, Ariz. He was born March 29, 1921 in Vandergrift, Pa.

Dr. Neigh was a retired Methodist minister. He attended public schools of Washington Township, Westmoorland, Colo. and graduated from high school in May 1938. He attended Washington and Jefferson College from 1938 to 1942, received a B.A. in June 1942, with honors in Philosophy.

He was a chaplain's assistant with the 3rd Army in Europe during World War II, and was involved in the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. He completed his graduate study at Boston University School of Theology, and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1947. He did graduate study at Harvard Divinity School from 1947 to 1948, took doctoral work at California Graduate School from 1968 to 1970 and a Ph.D. in church history was conferred May 1970.

Charles was ordained and received into the So. Calif.-Ariz. Annual Conference of the Methodist Church June 1949. He pastored churches in Southern California and in Buckeye, Mesa, and Winslow, Ariz. for 34 years. He transferred to the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist church in 1982, and was under appointment until retirement in 1986. Since his retirement helped organize and charter Payson United Methodist Church in Payson, Ariz.

Mr. Neigh was a member of Lodge 13, F&AM in Winslow, Ariz., Pine Library Friends (president 1994-1995) and Pine-Strawberry Kiwanis.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Ruth Neigh of Pine, Ariz., a native of Switzerland; daughters, Heidi Haas, of Tampa, Fla. and Marilou Neigh-Talley and husband Ed, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; son, Larry Neigh, of Anaheim, Calif; sister, Jean Conn, of Saltsburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

Donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ. 85541, or Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street, Payson, AZ. 85541.

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