Thomas Wesley Meek
Thomas Wesley Meek was born in 1923 in Chestnut, La., to Carrie Hawkins and James Lewis Meek. The first of six boys, T.W. grew up on a farm and spent his youth running and hunting the backwoods.
He joined the Navy and served from 1942 to 1945. T.W. served on the USS Oakland during WWII. His ship encountered many battles while circling Okinawa for many months. He was in Tokyo Bay when the Peace Treaty was signed. T.W. came to Morenci and was hired by Phelps Dodge in 1946. He met Betty McBride and began dating her in April 1947. They married a month later. T.W. and Betty had three children, Thomas Edwin, Kathy Lynn and Billy Pete Lewis. They raised their family in Morenci.
T.W. retired in 1983, when he traded a bulldozer for a fishing pole. He spent his time at San Carlos Lake. Nothing would make him happier than enjoying a fish fry with family and friends, followed by a Dutch oven peach pie and homemade ice cream.
T.W. is survived by his wife, Betty of Loma Linda; daughter-in-law Debbie of Tucson; three granddaughters, Sheri, Anita and Kelly of Tucson; two grandsons, Tim and Chet of Tucson; one great-grandson, Isaac, and his dog, Skippy; four brothers and their families from Louisiana; and the McBride families. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sons and a daughter.
A memorial will be held at the Shepherd of the Hills Church in Morenci on May 10, 2008, at 10 a.m. T.W.’s final resting place will be at the Clifton Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.
USS OAKLAND is:
image where the 10 battle stars
Gilbert Islands operation
Marshall Islands operation
Bismarck Archipelago operation
Asiatic-Pacific raids Western
New Guinea operations
Marianas operation Western
Caroline Islands operation
Okinawa Gunto operationThird Fleet operations against Japan
USS OAKLAND CL-95 was present at Tokyo Bay:
The Formal Surrender of the Empire of Japan on Board USS Missouri,
2 September 1945
FROM THE OFFICERS AND
SO PROUDLY WE SERVED
Requiescat in pace!
he rest in peace!
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