Statement from Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, Oct. 22, 2010:
“My friend Jim Neal was a classic American success story: A man who rose from a Tennessee farm to the top of his profession nationally, respected by his peers and a class act in everything he did.
“I hope that today some of the young people in Tennessee will reflect on his life’s story and discover for themselves the unlimited future that America still offers each new generation.
“I first got to know Jim Neal in the 1980s, and had many opportunities to work with him over the years. One of the things that always impressed me was that his first consideration in anything was always what was best for Nashville, or for Tennessee. As busy as he was, he always found time to help me when I asked. I admired him and will miss him. Andrea and I offer our condolences to Dianne and the rest of Jim’s family.”