Longtime Kenai resident, Alvin D. Meeks, 87, best known to his family and friends as A.D. passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home from natural causes surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.
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Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March. 23 at College Heights Baptist Church. A luncheon will follow.
A.D. was born July 3, 1925 in Adrian, Ga., to Grady and Nina Meeks, one of six boys. In 1942, he met Pennie Hammock and they were married on July 1, 1943 in Jeffersonville, Ga., by a Justice of the Peace. They renewed their vows in their church on their 50th wedding anniversary.
They moved from Georgia to Florida in 1955, where he ran his own trucking company for many years. While in Florida, he was an active member of the Masonic Mokanna Lodge #329, achieving the level of Master Mason. He was also a member of the Shriners of North America.
In the spring of 1968, he was lured to Alaska for a summer job and never left. Being a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitter's Union 367, he worked on the construction of the Collier's Plant, which later became Agrium. He also worked at other plants and refineries in Nikiski and throughout Alaska, from Valdez to Trading Bay, and Prudhoe Bay's pipeline construction.
"He enjoyed everything Alaska offered, from fishing the Kenai River to halibut fishing in the bay," his family wrote. "His fishing stories and friends were endless. He loved taking people out fishing. He also enjoyed moose hunting trips, Swanson River canoe trips and snowmachining. He was up for anything and loved to experience it all."
He retired from the Pipefitter's Union in 1988, only to start a new 'career.' It all started with a bulldozer, which led to a dump truck and his second love, his 1968 Diamond Rio dump truck. Meeks Sand and Gravel was his retirement and he loved every minute he was behind the wheel, especially the people he met through the years and friendships he developed through his business. He always had a smile on his face and loved a good joke, often telling the same joke over and over again.
He was a NASCAR fan and loved the local racing, especially the sprint cars. He was also an active member of College Heights Baptist Church. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life.
A.D. is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Pennie; brother Jack Meeks and wife Billie of Abilene, Texas; sons Mike Meeks; daughter Sylvia Dale and husband Mike; grandchildren Sara Taylor, Landon Taylor and wife Jacquelyn, Jenna Anastay, Mariah Ross and husband Ray, Dixie Meeks, Kristen Every and husband Dustin, and Amy Dale and husband Ehren; and great-grandchildren Roy, James, Gaius, Adelynn, Reese, Haley, Abby, Cooper and Kaia.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in A.D.'s honor to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, Ak, 99669.
Arrangements were by the Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Condolences may be left online at www.alaskanfuneral.com.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 20, 2013