LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – Samuel Randolph Meads, 83, Lehigh Acres, Fla., passed away April 15, 2014, after a sudden illness with his loving family by his side.
He was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the proud son of Marion Butler and Mary Antoinette Whedbee Meads. He was married to his wife of 60 years, Dorothea Carolyn Meads, who survives.
He was blessed at birth with a vocation to spread the love of his Lord and Savior. He fulfilled this sacred calling reverently and energetically for over 55 years as a pastor in the Baptist Church. Pastor Meads’ call to serve started in his hometown of Elizabeth City, but he also served the faithful in several communities during his years of ministry, including Roanoke, Va.; Port Huron, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Warsaw. He loved the beauty God provided in nature and was an avid gardener. He was also one who appreciated athletic competition and throughout his life would always enjoy participating in or watching sports.
He also leaves behind to cherish his loving memory four sons: Samuel Randolph Meads Jr., Macomb, Mich.; Stephen Joel Meads, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Rick (and spouse Dawn) Meads, San Diego, Calif.; Terry Meads, Lehigh Acres; his daughter, Lori (and spouse Rex) Durham, Lehigh Acres; and four grandchildren: Andrew and Audrey Meads, Grand Rapids; Matthew Meads, San Diego; and Samuel Meads III, Macomb.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fountain of Life Church, 1107 U.S. Hwy. 17S, Elizabeth City, N.C.
Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, Lehigh Acres, is in charge of arrangements.
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