Claud Neal Fristoe, III passed away on July 3, 2019. He was welcomed onto the other side by his beloved Schnauzer Heidi, who passed earlier the same day from liver & kidney failure as well. Neal was a big personality, with a big voice and an even bigger heart. He enjoyed a good adventure and long days at the beach. One of his favorite things to do was to share these experiences with those he loved, travelling around the Caribbean exploring, diving and bagging rays.
Born in Baton Rouge, LA on April 2, 1954, Neal grew up all over, moving from Baton Rouge, to St Louis, MO, to Wheaton, IL, to Jacksonville, FL and Marietta, GA. It was in Wheaton where he made his claim to fame, winning a contest to design the city flag, which remains to this day. Eventually he landed in Tallahassee where he completed his education at FSU and began a family of his own.
While visiting family in New Orleans, his soul was captivated by the City and then his heart was stolen by the love of his life. It was here that he called home. He spent his career working with the late Carol Solomon, at MedFirst Health Plans and moved on with her to Peoples Health where he formed many lasting friendships.
Neal is survived by his wife, Michelle Plaideau Fristoe, his sons Claud Neal "C.N." Fristoe IV & Jesse Edward Fristoe and their wives Brandie & Charlotte. One of seven children, of the late Claud Neal Fristoe, Jr & Eva Janice McCarthy, Neal is survived by three brothers, Richard "Nick," Joe and Tom and three sisters and their husbands, Pallas & Mike Abrusley, Beth & Jerry Glover and Shannon Fristoe & Thierry Guillemin. He was known as "G" to his grandchildren, Brandon Claud, Dylan Cash and Shane Edward Fristoe & Brogan William and Aislin Kellie Hunter. Uncle Neal was the favorite of every one of his 8 nieces & nephews and their children.
Friends & family are invited to celebrate Neal’s life on Saturday, July 27, 2019 in the courtyard at Bayona, his favorite restaurant, from 3:00 to 5:00 with a toast to him at 4:00. Dress code is, "What would Neal wear in this heat?" Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com