Walter Watson Meeks Jr., 82, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness.
The son of the late Walter Watson Meeks and Susan Elizabeth "Bess" Williams Meeks, he was born Dec. 25, 1930, in Atlanta. He was reared in Long County.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Frances Lane Meeks, originally of Rebecca, Ga.; two sons, Walter Watson "Buck" Meeks III, and John Harold Meeks (Jo Ann), all of Richmond Hill; four grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Meeks, John Harold "Beau" Meeks Jr. and Evan Lane Meeks, all of Richmond Hill, and Lewis Williams Meeks of Helena, Mo.; a cousin, Mary Williams Worth of Richmond Hill; brother-in-law, Doctor William Kelvin Lane (Rachel); sisters-in-law, Dorothy Joe Lane Bean, Emma Janis Lane Hess (Peter), Linda Lane Eskola and Gerri Sterns Lane; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Julia Anne Lane Stewart; and brothers-in-law, Elbert Lee Bean, Richard Eugene Lane and Joseph Matthew Lane.
He was a graduate of Long County High School and the University of Georgia
. He was an Eagle Scout and always supported scouting programs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
having fought in the Korean conflict
, a Master Mason and a member of Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church. He served on the Coastal Electric Membership Board of Directors for 28 years representing Bryan County. Mr. Meeks worked in the Tech-Rep Division of Philco-Ford in Texas and Alaska. He then became the Satellite Tracking Station commander for the U.S. Army Map Service. Later he was an electronics technician at Fort Steward and Hunter AAF. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a master of shooting sports.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel in Richmond Hill. Interment will follow in Burnt Church Presbyterian Cemetery, Highway 144 East, Richmond Hill. Pallbearers are Brandon Bickley, Mark Bolton, Frank Chance, Roger Houston, Jim Wilson and John T. Woods III. Honorary pallbearers are William E. Ahl, Richard Bickley, Billy Bland, Richard Davis, Dr. William K. Lane, Joshua Lee, Terance Patrick Molanari, Al Theus, Paul Waltz, Bert Warren and John T. Woods Jr.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Boy Scout Troop of one's choice or to Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 12965 Highway 144, Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324.
Online condolences can be made at www.carterbryanchapel.com.
Arrangements are by Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel of Richmond Hill