Jerry Wesley Meeks, 79 years old, of Carriere, Miss., formerly of Bridge City, passed away at Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, following a long illness.

A gathering of family and friends will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Broussard’s Funeral Home in Nederland. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Broussard’s with the Rev. Jeff Anderson officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

Pallbearers will be Keith Hale, Dickey Meeks, Doug Frederick, Joran Meeks, Wes Meeks and Tony Lute with honorary pall bearers Harold Henderson, Clarence Lick Jr., Louie Leone and James McDaniel.

Jerry was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Philadelphia, Miss., to Jesse Wayne Meeks and Eula Ann Pierce. He grew up in Rayville, La., the eighth of nine children and was taught the carpentry craft by his father. After serving as a lineman in the Army during the Korean War, he spent most of his adult life in Southeast Texas as a building contractor and active contributor to the communities where he lived. He will be remembered on the third base sideline or in the dugout by many of the young men he coached during a period of more than 20 years from Little League to Connie Mack League to semi-pro baseball. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in Bridge City and served as its president. He was also a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the owner of Meeks Builders. Jerry enjoyed a respected reputation for building quality custom homes and commercial properties in and around the Golden Triangle area over a time spanning five decades. He leaves a legacy of love, caring, loyalty, perseverance, strength, and willingness to face challenges. He will be missed by many, but his life has provided many colorful stories to recall and retell. His memory will provide comfort and serve as an example of hope.

He is predeceased by his parents and siblings Paschal “Pat” Meeks, Mavis Fortenberry, Eva Norwood, Sarah Hale, IsaJean Hale and Ida Wayne Middleton.

He is survived by his wife Lorrize Meeks of Carriere, and children Connie Meeks and her husband James McDaniel of Jonesboro, Ark., Jerry Wayne Meeks and his wife Cathy Meeks of Hamshire, Carol Leone and her husband Louie Leone, Pat Meeks and his wife Angie Meeks; all of Bridge City, stepson Clarence Lick Jr. and his wife Renee; and stepdaughter Vannessa Dahn, all of Waveland, Miss. Other survivors include his grandchildren Joran Meeks, Wesley Meeks, Tony Lute, Rebecca Frederick, Marisa Oliver, Jason Stringer, Joey Stringer, Jeff Stringer, Phillip Meeks, Piper Meeks, Josh Stringer, Jaime Stringer, John McDaniel, Patrick McDaniel, Tesha Riley and Ryan Davis; great-grandchildren Skyler Lowery, Destiny Mann , Kayleigh Lute, Grace Sample, Lacey Meeks, Gavin Stringer, Austin and Brayden Frederick, Morgan Riley and Charles Riley. He leaves his sister Inez Balsters and his brother Joe Meeks.