Ross Neely Jr
Neely joined the U.S. Navy and served on the destroyer U.S.S. Samuel N. Moore, DD 747, in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star five times.
In 1958 Neely bought an 11-year-old 1.5 ton International Harvester truck and began hauling cargo between Birmingham and Gadsden. He soon hired another full-time driver and began steadily expanding. By 1967 Ross Neely Trucking was operating across the continental United States with 26 terminals, mostly in the Southeast. Neely served as a board member and chair of the Alabama Trucking Association and was also an active member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Hayden.
- "Thomas 'Ross' Neely Jr." obituary (September 8, 2019) The Birmingham News