WYATT -- Robert Gene "Bob" Meeks, 68, formerly of Charleston, died Sept. 25, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau,
Born May 25, 1940 in Bertrand, to the late George Franklin "Frank" and Retta Lorene Eastwood Meeks, he had lived his entire life in Mississippi County where he was employed with Heppe's Body Shop a number of years and was currently working with Stoney Creek Construction. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Charleston and a member of the IOOF Lodge having served in many capacities. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the recipient of a Purple Heart.
On Aug. 27, 1988, he married Paula Suzanne Thurman who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Robert Gene Meeks II, stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright, Alaska; two stepsons, Billy Morgan of Fruitland and Bob Morgan of Dexter; two stepdaughters, Patricia Ann Groves of East Prairie and Bobbie Lynn Hodges of Sikeston; two brothers, the Rev. Billy Joe Meeks of Bertrand and Donald Ray Meeks of Billingsley, Ala.; five sisters, Deloris Spiller of Bertrand, Mary Allen of East Prairie, Judy Skinner of Sikeston, Mae McClain of Charleston and Jan Harper of Knoxville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Joann Meeks Earnest; three brothers, Charles Edward Meeks, George Meeks Jr. and Marshall Lee Meeks; one sister, Paula Kay Meeks; and one grandson.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Henry Catholic Church in Charleston with the Rev. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor, serving as celebrant.
Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery near Charleston with military rites provided by the Missouri Military Honors Program.