Floyd Meade Jr., 81, died October 15, 2016 at his home in Orange, Tex.
Born in Whitesburg to the late James J. and Nancy Sexton Mason, he was adopted as an infant by the late Floyd and Callie Hawkins Meade.
He was also preceded in death by an adopted brother, Ernest Meade; an adopted sister, Amanda Joyce Chance; a sister, Eleanor Mason Banks; and three half-brothers, Harley Martin, Arnold Sloane and Gurney Sloane.
He served his country both in the Army and the Air Force from July 1953 to March 1974.
A life member of the VFW Post #2775 in Orange, Tex., and Post #2185, Panama City, Fla., he was a member of the American Legion Post #49 in Orange, Tex., and Post #356 in Lynnhaven, Fla.
Mr. Meade had worked as the lead electrician at Bunge Elevator and Tony’s Pizza in Salina, Kans., for many years after his retirement.
He and his wife, Billie, owned Wood Dreams in Orange, Tex., where he fabricated and cut wooden lawn ornaments in his spare time. In addition to his woodworking projects, he loved fishing, gardening and small engine repair.
Mr. Meade was the proud owner, head mechanic, and driver of car #38, a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria, which he raced figure eight and oval track at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio.
Surviving are his wife, Billie Eloise Meade; three daughters, Terry Auk and husband Tony of St. Clair Shores, Mich., Gayle Vore and husband Ted of Harrison Twp., Mich., Callie Allen and husband Terry of Salina, Kans.; a son, Floyd Meade and wife Tammy of Croswell, Mich.; 15 stepchildren, and a number of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; a brother, James Mason of Dayton, Ohio; two half-brothers, O’Dell Sloane, and wife Doris, and William Gibson, all of Dayton, Ohio.
Cremation and a private ceremony has taken place in Orange, Tex.