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Sweet Home's Bonnie Neal, 76, still a 'truck-drivin' woman'


February 27, 2019

BONNIE NEAL, in the cab of the semi she drives for T2, has been a trucker since 1974.

A song vocalized by Norma Jean in 1968 begins "A little boy is what my daddy wanted, a little girl just didn't fit his plans to help him on the road when he was on it, cause Daddy was a truck drivin' man."

The song continues: "I'm a truck drivin' woman, my daddy taught me everything he knew. I'm a truck drivin' woman and this woman's gonna fill her daddy's shoes."

Anyone who knows Bonnie Jeanne "BJ" Neal, of Sweet Home, would agree this song could have been written about her.

"My daddy was a log truck driver right here in Sweet Home on these mountains," Neal said. "I remember the old, old,...

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