Jack Meece, age 88, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at his residence.
Jack was the son of the late Silas and Opal Eaton Meece. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Johnson; a granddaughter, Amanda Jo Wortman; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Hubbard.
Jack and his wife, Phyllis, were both avid golfers and were members of the South Side Country Club in Decatur, Illinois. Jack loved watching sports of all kinds, enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, and loved to dance.
Jack and Phyllis wintered in Sebring, Florida, for 13 years. He was a life member and former president of Sertoma, a civic organization in Decatur, Illinois, and was a member of the Elizabethton Rotary Club for several years.
Jack was a proud United States Navy veteran, having been drafted at the age of 18, and served with pride. He served his country on the U.S.S. Battleship Colorado as a gunner and in his later years, he enjoyed traveling and meeting with his former crew members of the U.S.S. Colorado, across the country with a reunion each year.
He also worked as a photographer for 16 years with his wife’s family, at Hubbard Studios and then purchased and owned the Trunk Factory in Decatur, Illinois, for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Phyllis Hubbard Meece, of the home; a son, Terry Meece and wife, Monica, of Oohewah, TN; a daughter, Debra Wortman and husband, David, of Elizabethton; seven grandchildren, Nathan Johnson, Amy Streuer and husband, Darin, Jack Meece and wife, Lori, Minde Hurst and husband, Dr. James Hurst, Tyler Meece and wife, Rebecca, Tiffany Wortman Jones and Lindsey Wortman; and nine great grandchildren.
The family respectfully requests your presence at a memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Jack Meece on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton with Rev. Ray Amos officiating. Music will be under the direction of David Arney.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM at the church, prior to the service on Saturday; or at the residence at anytime.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643; or to the charity of your choice, in memory of Jack.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Meece family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.