Mr. Thomas Lewis Meeks, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
Tom was born Aug. 4, 1936 in Bartow, Fla., to Herbert Arnold and Alice Ruth (Simpson) Meeks.
Tom was a Green Pond resident since 1983 moving from Bartow.
He graduated from Auburndale High School class of 1954, graduated in 1958 from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree and also graduated in 1968 from the University of South Florida with a Master of Arts.
Tom was a teacher at Auburndale Elementary, a math teacher at Auburndale Junior High, a guidance counselor for Auburndale Junior High and Bartow Junior High and then became the principal of Lewis Elementary for three years and retired after 10 years as principal at Bartow Elementary.
After retirement Tom spent 25 years as a gentleman farmer and cowboy. Tom was a member, deacon and longtime Sunday school teacher at Green Pond Baptist Church in Polk City.
Tom loved his family and loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Henry Herbert Meeks.
He was survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon Pearl Kenyon Meeks of Polk City; sons, Mark (Carla) Meeks of Bartow, Sanford (Allyson) Meeks of Orlando; daughter, Marilyn (Gerry) Hunt of Lakeland; brother, Richard Meeks of Sarasota; sister, Kathryn (Desmond) Finn of Lakeland; eight grandchildren, Julia, Lenton, Tiffany, Matthew, Alton, Katelyn, Colby and Dylan; two great-granddaughters, Madison and Kelsey.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Mr. Meeks’ name to Green Pond Baptist Church, 5995 Green Pond Road, Polk City, FL 33868.
Funeral service is 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Green Pond Baptist Church, 5995 Green Pone Road, Polk City.
Interment will follow at Green Pond Cemetery.
Visitation will be held before services from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements are by Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale.