Terry Neese’s many friends are rallying about him in his time of deepest need.
On April 17, Neese, who graduated from Payson High School in 1995, suffered a major stoke and has since been hospitalized in Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
Currently, he is undergoing rehabilitation in the hospital’s Select Rehab Center.
Having attended Payson Schools his entire student life and because he worked for the Town of Payson Street Department from 1998 to 2007, Terry is well known in the Rim Country. He and his wife Sundi (Haught), whom he met in 1995 and married in 2000, have a daughter, Rylinn, 12, and son Braden, 7.
After resigning his position with the Town of Payson, Terry founded his own business — Round Valley Processing, which processes wild game, beef and pork.
Prior to his stroke, Neese enjoyed team roping, hunting and four-wheeling in his free time.
Friends, including Lani Keeney, describe him as a man “with a huge heart who loves to help people out.”
With Terry struggling to recover and his family supporting his rehab efforts, Terry’s friends have pitched in to organize a benefit to be held from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Oxbow Saloon on Main Street.
All proceeds will help pay the medical costs incurred during Neese’s hospitalization.
Clay Sopeland and his four-piece Moonshine Mafia band, which is known locally for its high-energy shows and crowd interaction, will provide music.
Also at the upcoming benefit, a trio of the Rim Country’s most recognized campfire cooks — Clayton Randall, Roy Haught and Albert Hunt — will prepare a scrumptious, cowboy-style, barbecue feast.
The three’s outdoor-style slow cooking expertise yields mouthwatering delights that are sure to tickle the taste buds.
During the afternoon of the benefit, a reverse raffle for a 2013 Polaris Ranger 900 is sure to be a highlight. Those who have participated in reverse raffles before know they can turn into a boot scootin’ good time as ticket holders’ jockey for the possibility of driving away in the red hot side-by-side.
Tickets for the reverse raffle are available at Payson Concrete, Bud’s Plumbing and Napa Auto Parts.
In addition to the raffle, organizers have scheduled silent auctions, gun raffles and 50/50 raffles, some of which have a fully processed half-beef as a prize.
For more information or to purchase reverse raffle tickets, call Keeney at (928) 978-0990.