GOSPELflava has been informed of the passing of Minister Henry Hanq Neal as a result of complications after suffering a massive heart attack earlier during the week. Neal is a recognizable fixture in Gospel music circles having performed with, the Pentecostal Ambassadors, Donald Vails’ Choraleers and more notably with the late Rev. James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America.
An accomplished singer, songwriter, choir director and musician, Neal relocated to Houston, Texas in 1984 to serve at a small Windsor Village United Methodist Church under Reverend KirbyJohn Caldwell. At the time, the choir began with a modest 25 voices. Under Neal’s tenure, the choir grew from one to five choirs with over 500 active participants. Neal was serving in music ministry at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston at the time of his passing.