Charles Thadys McMeans February 19, 1924 – July 29, 2017

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Charles Thadys McMeans, age 93, left this earth for his eternal home on Saturday, July 29th, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Jean McMeans; two sons, Richard and Timothy McMeans; a daughter, Sharon McMeans; two daughters-in-law, Beverly and Kelly McMeans, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Mr. McMeans was born and raised in Athens, Alabama. The son of a farmer, he spent his youth helping in the fields and on the farm. After high school, he continued to work on the farm before entering the U.S. Air Force on June 29, 1943, at the age of 19. He served for 3 years, including service during World War II. After the military he attended business school where he met Dorothy, the love of his life. They wed on May 29, 1948, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Mr. McMeans worked in a shoe store and served as a music director at a local church. He later served as the music director at Coleman Chapel in Dallas, Texas, where he was then elected as the pastor. He continued to pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Duncanville, Texas. After retiring as a pastor, Mr. McMeans went to work for Baptist Publications then Moody Press. He was employed there for 15 years before retiring from the workforce.

Mr. McMeans spent his retirement years working as a substitute teacher and at other miscellaneous jobs, as well as spending time with his family. One of his favorite things to do was spoil his little dog, CD. Mr. McMeans was loved by everyone he met and left a legacy that will continue for many generations.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel followed by a graveside service at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1:15 pm. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 pm, Wednesday, August 2, also at Jaynes.

Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons; Justin McMeans, Josh McMeans, Luke McMeans, Mark McMeans and great-grandsons; Spencer Collins and Tucker Collins.

Honorary pallbearers are great-grandsons Brennan McMeans and Graesyn Cronin.