Thomas E. Meece, 71, a resident of 157 Robert E. Lee Ave., Elkins, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 2, 2002, in Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg. His death was attributed to cancer.
He was born Feb. 6, 1931, at Cruso, N.C., a son of the late Walter and Laura Jane Kirkendahl Meece.
On May 4, 1963, he was married to Barbara Phillips Meece, who survives in Elkins.
Also surviving are one son, Thomas E. Meece Jr. and wife, Adene, of Fuquay-varina, N.C.; three daughters, Mrs. Daryl (Jean) Tapley, Wilson Mills, N.C., Amy Meece and fiance, Juan Fernandez, of New York, N.Y., and Mikheal “Kim” Meece and special daughter, Rebecca McTall, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one sister, Mrs. Ray (Virginia) Kinney, Somerset, Ky.; and five grandchildren, Scott Meece, Fuquay-varina, N.C., Kristopher Tapley, Winston-salem, N.C., and triplets, Noah, Olivia and Connor Meece, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Meece was a graduate of Wilson Mills High School and attended North Carolina State University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from Corley Manufacturing Company in Chattanooga, Tenn. After moving to Elkins, he built several sawmills in Randolph and surrounding counties and was later employed by J.C. Lumber of Elkins.
Mr. Meece donated his body to the Human Gift Registry. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Because Mr. Meece was an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scout Troop Leader, memorial contributions may be made to a local Boy Scout Troop or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Meece. This announcement is a courtesy of the Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins for Thomas Edison Meece.