Barney Keith Neergaard, 82, of Dunlap died at his home, Monday, November 5, 2012 after a lingering illness.
Born in Harriman on November 17, 1930, he was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Margaret Keith Neergaard.
He graduated from Bledsoe County High School in 1948 and received a degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1950. During college, he was in the National Guard. A highly regarded cattleman, he worked at several outstanding cattle ranches throughout Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi before becoming a self-employed farmer and businessman.
In 1986, he returned to the Sequatchie Valley, where he continued the family tradition of farming and ranching in Bledsoe County. He became a real estate broker and bought Sequatchie Valley Real Estate and Auction Company in Dunlap. He and his wife later founded Sequatchie Valley Stone Center and Mountain Stone Realty.
Barney served as chairman of the Dunlap Municipal Planning Commission for many years, was a 50 plus member of the Masonic Lodge and past president of the Mid-South Quarter Horse Association. An avid horseman dedicated to raising quarter horses for 50 years, he was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association and a member of numerous other horse and cattle associations.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, June Mosley Neergaard of Dunlap; four sons, Keith (Kathy) Neergaard of Germantown, Johnny (Carolyn) Neergaard of Olive Branch, Mississippi, Richard (Rita) Neergaard of Hernando, Mississippi and Tommy (Sandy) Neergaard of Olive Branch; six grandchildren, Brooke Fortenberry (Chance), Kayla Tow (Chad), Laura, J.D., Liza and Katie Neergaard; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 7 in the funeral home chapel with Gordon Mosley (uncle of June) officiating. Burial was in Sequatchie County Memorial Gardens.
Serving as pallbearers were J.D. Neergaard, Rickey Hankins, Troy Cunningham, Randy McDowell, Chris Lewis and Mark Gregory.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network, P.O. Box 98, Dunlap, TN 37327.
An online guestbook is at www.ewtonfuneralhome.com.
Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.