Thomas Arnel Meads, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Marshall, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Garden Valley Manor in Kansas City.
Funeral services with a Masonic service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Sept. 23, 1918, in rural Macks Creek, he was the son of the late Melvin Roscoe Meads and Cora Lee Varner Meads. He attended Pleasant Grove Grade School and Camdenton High School. In 1939, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). On June 25, 1943, in Marshall, he married Helen Louise Ray, who preceded him in death on May 24, 2003. He worked at Lake City Arsenal for five years before buying into a partnership of owning and operating Saline Electric Service in Marshall on Jan. 1, 1957, retiring in 1980. At the same time as his work career, he was finishing up a career in the military service which began with the Merchant Marines in early 1941. He left the Merchant Marines to volunteer for the U.S. Navy on July 7, 1943, and served as a quartermaster on submarines during World War II. He signed up for the Missouri Army National Guard in 1949 and earned the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. He retired from the military in 1978 with 31 years of military service. He was a member of Marshall Trilumina Lodge No. 205 A.F. and A.M. having joined in 1953. He served as master, was appointed the district deputy grand lecturer for the 24th Masonic District, served as the district deputy grand master and received his 50-year emblem in May of 2003. He was elected to receive the Knight York Cross of Honour in 1977. He was a member of York Bodies, Saline Chapter No. 74, Royal Arch Masons, Sedalia Council No. 42 and Missouri Commandery Knights Templar No. 36. He was also a member of Missouri Lodge of Research, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Macks Creek and attended Olivet Free Will Baptist Church in Marshall.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Sue Long of Kansas City; one granddaughter; two brothers, Roy Lee Meads of Harrisonville and Daniel Dean Meads of Mendon; four sisters, Maxine Coslet of rural Marshall, Thelma June Surls of Fortuna, Rosie Evelyn Parker of Nevada and Virgie Joann DeBrot of Bolivar; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Lawrence Eldon Meads, Melvin Oral Meads, Felix Marvin Meads and William Ernie Meads; and one sister, Velma Jane Grayson.