Wayland John Meaders, 81, of Burkbur-nett, passed away at home on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, after a long struggle with Lewy Body dementia. He will be missed by his many friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Burkburnett with Rev. Bill Liggett, officiating. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Pryor Cemetery in Stewart, Oklahoma under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.
Wayland was born April 15, 1932 on a farm in Ashland, Oklahoma as the Great Depression was taking hold. At the age of four, he lost his mother to illness. Despite this rough start, he grew into a man who measured the riches of his life by his relationships with family and friends as witnessed by the love and devotion he put into those relationships. Wayland attended Ashland schools graduating in 1950. Within a year, he received a letter of greetings from is Uncle SAM with an invitation to join the United States Army. After completing basic training and assignment to Fort Bliss near El Paso, Wayland became part of one of the first guided missile squadrons. After a severe car accident cut his military service short, he returned to his home in Ashland where he went to work for the Navy Ammunition Depot near McAlester, Oklahoma. It was after this return to Ashland that Wayland took notice of a young lady from his hometown that he had known for some time. Mary Nell Lenox had grown from a young girl into a beautiful young woman while he was away in the Army, and they soon began dating. It was during this courtship that Wayland was transferred to Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon their marriage on May 18, 1957, the young couple began their life journey together in north Texas, settling in Burkburnett where they have remained together for 56 years.
Like many young couples, Wayland and Mary Nell were eager to start a family and in 1958 their son Wade was born, followed by daughter Pam in 1963. During this time, the couple recognized the importance of being part of an active faith community and joined the First Baptist Church of Burkburnett, where they have continued to attend and serve through the years as their health has allowed. Family was always a strong priority to Wayland and Mary Nell and they made many trips back to their hometown of Ashland over the years to maintain the ties to their extended family and care for aging parents. After serving over 30 years in Civil Service roles for the Air Force, Wayland retired to a life of service to his church, morning coffee sessions of story-telling with the "Liars Club", and building things in his backyard shop.
Wayland was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia about four years ago and as the disease has taken its toll, he has had to rely more and more on the care of his loving wife Mary Nell and most recently on the wonderful ladies from Hospice of Wichita Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oland F. and Vera (Wimberly) Meaders; step-mother, Eula (Ross) Meaders; a brother, Marl Meaders; and a sister, Loretta Watts.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Nell; a son and daughter-in-law, Wade and Janice Meaders of Pilot Point; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Mike Coburn of Wichita Falls; granddaughters, Melissa (Meaders) Hamilton, Ashley (Meaders) Falck, and Loren and Paige Coburn; grandson, Chad Coburn; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jonas, Mattie and Annabelle Hamilton, and Ethan Falck; a brother, Wayne Meaders; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Bill Burks; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gwyn Meaders, Chester Watts, JH and Barbara Bowman, Pete and June Lane, Jimmy and Charlene Lenox, Bill and Billy Jo Hensley, Joe and Phyllis Mixon, and Tom Lenox.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, TX 76310; or to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 316 E. 4th St., Burkburnett, TX 76354.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com