Cora Mae Dean Jackson Neal was born on April 19, 1948 in Magnolia, Mississippi. Her parents were Francis D. Jackson, Sr. and Bessie L. Jackson. Cora attended and was Baptized at Pink Hill Baptist Church. She graduated from Eva Garden High School. After graduation Cora relocated to San Francisco, California to live with her sister Maxie Brooks, where she attended Regina Beauty College. Cora was given in marriage on June 10, 1972 to Eddie Lee Neal. To this union two sons (twins) Edwin Jeremy and Ebbin Jerome Neal in April of 1978. Cora was employed at Mervyns and Target for 39 years. The grandmother of 5 grandchildren, Amayah, Essence, Ebbin, Jr., Emmi and Ivory. Cora was the third child of 10, Maxie Brooks, Alice Mosley, Francis Jackson, Jr., Peggy Nunnery, Valeria Lewis, Hollis Jackson, Oliver Jackson, Carolyn East and Maranda Hayes.