Stephen M. Neely, MD

Class Year




Posted on: October 3, 2023

Dr. Stephen Minick Neely went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. The son of the late Guy Morton and Elizabeth Seymour Neely, he was born June 1, 1945 in Washington D.C. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Betty Lou; sons, John (Ali) and Andrew (Dano); and granddaughter, Scottie.

He moved to Lebanon, Tenn., in 1980 and became the first orthopedic surgeon in Wilson County and surrounding areas. He performed over 10,000 total joints on people who will forever remember his dedication and pursuit of excellence in their care.

How do you sum up the life of a husband, father, and friend like Steve? Anyone who knew him, knows you could hear his voice before you saw him. That voice was full of wisdom and knowledge, a fierce voice that fought for his family, friends, and what he believed in.

Steve was an avid mineral collector, and his minerals are in museums around the world. During his many years of collecting, he made many friends that became like family. In the mineral community he will always be remembered as a great collector in pursuit of perfection.

Steve Neely will forever be a name that draws people in to tell stories in our hometown and abroad. Lastly, to his late dogs, Noah, Daisy, and Padamae. Snuggle up tight to your daddy and keep him company ’till his family and friends see him again.