Neil Lillard Shults was born on 19 May 1914 in Cosby, Cocke County, Tennessee. Son of William and Hattie Lillard Shults. Husband of Wanda Shults.
On 28 December 1943, Neil Shults was drafted into the U.S. Army at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. In the fall of 1944 he was shot in the knee in Belgium, was sent to England for hospitalization, and died there during surgery on October 5, 1944.