Community mourns loss of Sgt. Eric Neal

The Twin Lakes Area is mourning the death of Baxter County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Neal. The 45-year-old Neal died unexpectedly Thursday.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery in a Facebook posting Friday says, "It is with the utmost sorrow and a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of one of our own. Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Neal, who had been with the Sheriff's Office since 2001 and who had worked in law enforcement with other agencies prior to that, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last evening. Sgt. Neal's current assignment was as the Assistant Jail Administrator. He had previously been assigned to the patrol division and the criminal investigation division at various times throughout his career.

"Sgt. Neal's passing leaves a void in the hearts and lives of those who knew him. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time."

Funeral services for Eric Neal will be Tuesday morning at 11:00 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Monday from noon to 9:00 with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in Baxter Memorial Gardens with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office in charge of honors.

Eric Neal is survived locally by his parents, Bob and Cherie Neal; his fiancee, Elisha Sharp; and one of three brothers, Lance Neal; all of Mountain Home.

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