Carl Albert Meeks, 97, of Sunrise Beach Village passed away Jan. 17, 2018. He was born to Lula Mae (Thompson) and Alva Meeks on April 8, 1920, in Arnett, Oklahoma.
His proud service in the U.S. Army during World War II brought him not only the Silver Star but the love of his life, Eva B. Chace, who served in the Women’s Army Corps. She preceded him in death in 2016.
Carl’s Silver Star was awarded for “gallantry in action in connection with a military operation … against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 387th Infantry Division … near Schildgen, Germany.”
For most of his life, Mr. Meeks worked as a construction superintendent with Reid Strickland Construction in Amarillo. He and Eva moved to Sunrise Beach Village in 1986 and lived in a house he built to be nearer to children and grandchildren.
He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in this area and is credited by many for expanded availability of AA meetings in this area. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifetime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
After he moved to Sunrise Beach Village, he helped neighbors and weekenders with handyman jobs and also did landscaping for many residents in the area until his early 90s. He was also a good neighborhood watcher, alerting the proper authorities if something seemed amiss in his frequent drives around the neighborhood.
Carl is survived by his children, Carolyn Meeks of Marble Falls, Evelyn Ireland and husband Steven Hacker of Fairview, Larry Meeks and wife Karen of Carrollton, and Leila Tiffany of Oklahoma; granddaughters Lisa Hernandez and husband Stephen, Katherine Hacker and husband Jordan Dale, Chrystie Hamilton and husband Christopher, Teri and Brent Vickers, Sheree Jones and husband Watt, Sydnee Gray and husband Shea, Jessica Lohr, and Stephanee Howell and husband Adam; grandsons David Hacker and Bill Meeks; great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Cook and husband Garrett, Madison Kilger, Meghan Kilger, Mariah Gray, Alyssa Jones, Ayden Jones, Halle Stout, Cheyenne Meeks, and Aunnesty Howell; great-grandsons Cody Hieter, Logan Kilger, Zachary Jones, Elijah Jones, Oliver Jones, A.J. Lohr, Israel Gray, Brent Vickers Jr., Nathan Vickers, Syrus Howell, Branson Howell, and Maverick Meeks; great-great-grandson, Levi Kilger and Wyatt Kilger; niece Kay Sims Gilbreath and Sheryl Andre; nephew Jerry Humphreys and wife Louise; great-nieces Kenna Storie, Keela Hamilton, and Tami Hicks and husband Chris; great-nephews David Andre and wife Melissa and Chris Humphreys and wife Flo; as well as many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister Leila Sims and her husband Russell; son Gary Meeks; granddaughter Sandee Tiffany; grandson Shawn Collier; great-grandson Waisi Jones; and great-niece Kara Schoenhals.
The family wishes to thank neighbors John and Linda Dotson and friends Rick and Shelly Neely, who were like family to Carl, as well as the first responders of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department for all their help and friendship to Carl over the years.
A funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Sunrise Beach Village. Interment will follow at Sandy Mountain Cemetery in Sunrise Beach Village. The family is hosting a luncheon at the Sunrise Beach Community Center following interment, and all Dad’s friends are welcome. An online register can be found at putnamcares.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department first responders. Checks can be mailed to 124 Sunrise Drive, Box F, Sunrise Beach, TX 78643. An online donation may be made to the Carl Meeks Memorial Fund through GoFundMe, which is set up to benefit the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, entirely funded by donations.
Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008.