Sammie Estelle Cox Meeks, born Nov. 27, 1939, went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior Saturday, March 3, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home with Brother Ken McMeans, pastor of College Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.
Mrs. Meeks was born in Rochester, Texas, and grew up in Borger, Texas. She moved to Big Spring in 1956 and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1958. She had a passion for the Lord, her family, people and children. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Estelle enjoyed working with numbers in any fashion. She worked at Cooks and Dunlap’s Department stores and retired from Cornell Corrections in 2008. Mrs. Meeks then began volunteering at Moss Elementary School, where she joyfully impacted the lives of many teachers and children in the Big Spring community.
She also enjoyed cooking, ceramic work and took great pride and joy in her children and grandchildren. Estelle was a founding member of the Christmas Club in Big Spring and loved her Pay Day Friday Group. Whether someone knew Estelle as “Mrs. Meeks” at school or “Granny” at home, she brought joy and love to those around her and was an awesome person to know.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Buddy” Meeks; her parents, Robert Herbert Andy and Ethlene (Hogg) Cox; and two sisters, Cathlene Williams and Johnie Thompkins.
Survivors include two daughters, Tamra Elizabeth Gray and husband Tim of Artesia, N.M., and Tracy Diane Watson and husband Michael of Big Spring; one son, Tony Allen Meeks of Big Spring; one sister, Carylon Miller of Abilene; 11 grandchildren, Jonathan Watson and wife Brandy, Jason Watson and wife Christi, Dylan Watson, Toni Bracy, Kandel Gray, Olivia Gray, Samantha Gray, Baylor Gray, Brecklie Gray, Dison Gray and Kassie Gray; one great-grandchild, Reagan Waldrip; and one niece, Cathy Ann Bullock.
Serving as pallbearers will be Vern Bloodworth, David Gillette, Justin McKenzie, Tommy Meeks, Larry Redding, and Eddie Word. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Watson, Jason Watson, Dylan Watson and Baylor Gray.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Carolyn Brooks, P.O Box 2121, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2121.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com