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PARK HILL – Cooie Meigs Jr., 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, June 7, 2015, in Tahlequah, with his wife Merle at his side. Cooie was raised in Park Hill by his father, Cooie Meigs Sr., and his mother Gertie (Jones) Meigs. He attended school at Park Hill 51, and graduated high school at Bagley where he was active in the FFA. He was a fourth-generation grandson of Chief John Ross. Cooie answered the call to duty during World War II by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on Sept. 13, 1943, at the age of 18. Private First Class Meigs was an expert marksman, and served as a rifleman with the Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, Company K. He participated in two major battles in the South Pacific Theater. He was in the initial troop landings on the island of Pelilu on Sept. 15, 1944. There he was wounded by a grenade on Sept. 21, and sent to a hospital ship to recover. He was later deployed to Okinawa on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, and was wounded again by the fragments of two grenades on May 11, 1945. He was rewarded for his heroism with the Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts. He was honorably discharged at the Marine Corps Depot, San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 20, 1945. His strong commitment to his country was evident in his life in that he was a lifelong member of the D.A.V., and the Chapter 641 Purple Heart Association. He was awarded the 2014 Cherokee Nation Medal of Patriotism award. He served with pride as a past grand marshall in the Tahlequah Veterans Day parade. Cooie was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devout Christian, Bible teacher and member of the Park Hill Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully, and taught Sunday school for many years. He formerly was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Grace Baptist Church. His dedication to the Lord was evident in his daily life and in the lives of those he touched. Cooie was also the last surviving charter member of the Tahlequah Gideon’s Camp. He spent endless hours delivering testaments, and often serving as a lay minister. He started his business career as a jeweler and watchmaker in 1949 after graduating from Watchmaking School at Southwestern State College. He was the founder of Meigs Jewelry Company. His first store was in Sallisaw. There he began a long successful career, and started his family as well. In 1961, he moved his business to Tahlequah, opening the business that is still a Muskogee Avenue fixture today. His store was one of the most important assets to main street Tahlequah, blossoming into not only a jewelry store but a renowned watch and jewelry repair center along with an extensive gift line store. He retired from the jewelry business in 1983. He was the past president of the Lions Club in Tahlequah. Cooie was preceded in death by his parents, Cooie and Gertie Meigs; sisters, Jewell Mahaney, and Mary Jane Meigs; brothers-in-law, Dr. Carl Mahaney, and Loy Goodnight; and one grandson, Jeremy Meigs. He is survived by his wife Merle of the home; brother, John Meigs; and sister, Francis Goodnight; sons, Mike and wife Karen of Park Hill, David and wife Janell also of Park Hill; and daughters, Lisa Nolan and husband Allen of Park Hill, Autumn Smith and husband Jeff of Tahlequah, and Susan Jordan and husband Kevin of Park Hill. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Melinda and Katelyn Meigs, Heather Meigs, Misty Holderbee and husband Billy, Dr. Micah Relic and husband Dr. Aaron Relic, Macee Nolan, Drew Gladd, Abby Morrell and husband Jory, Adrian Gladd, Shasta Jordan, Jade Jordan, and Jasmine Jordan. Also included are Dr. Donna Schneider and husband Dr. Tom Schneider, Steve Worth and wife Jodeen, Dana Worth, Thomas Schneider, Tate Schneider, Katie Schneider, D.J. Worth, Darcy Worth, Tory Worth, Johnathan Worth, Chase Worth, Kili Worth, and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held Thursday, June 11, at Park Hill Baptist Church at 10 a.m., with pastors John Lee, Park Hill Baptist Church, and Allen Nolan, Cornerstone Church, officiating. Pallbearers are Drew Gladd, Hunter Overacker, Jonathan Overacker, Phil Goodnight, James Mahaney, and Joe Pacheco. Interment will follow at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. The family of Cooie Meigs Jr. has entrusted his services and burial to Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 2097 Tahlequah, OK 74465. Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 918-458-5055.
Published on  June 9, 2015
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