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St. James United Methodist Church
Saturday April 30th, 2022
1:00pm - 11:00am

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St. James United Methodist Church
Saturday April 30th, 2022
12:30pm - 1:00pm

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Gail Meeks

Gail Workman Meeks


Gail Workman Meeks, 77, of Woodland Way, Laurens, SC passed away peacefully on January 11, 2022 surrounded by her family and friends. Born in Laurens, SC, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Beulah Davis Workman. After graduating from Ford High School in 1961, she attended and graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Business Administration in 1963. In the summer of 1966, she married the love of her life, Samuel M. Meeks, and enjoyed 52 years of marriage together. 

Throughout her life Gail was a strong woman of faith and had many talents including her extraordinary musical talents, visual arts, and culinary skills. She was active at St. James Methodist Church where she began playing piano and organ for church services as a teenager. Upon graduating from Winthrop University she began working at Laurens Glass in May of the same year as a secretary until being promoted to secretary to the president. In 1983, she resigned to spend more time with her children and segued to being the choir director, organist and pianist at St. James Methodist Church. From there, she would go on to become the choir director and organist at the Atonement Lutheran Church, where her husband, Sam, had grown up. She was a devoted daughter, wife and mother, and her children are grateful for the love and faith instilled in them along with the love of music and the arts, which will carry them in the days to come. 

She is survived by her two children, Samantha Dawn Meeks of Manassas, VA and Samuel Workman Meeks of Atlanta, GA; her brother, Lawrence Franklin “Frank” Workman and his sons, Keith Workman and Rick Workman (Sandra) along with the children of her predeceased brother, Samuel N. Workman, M.D.; his children Neil Workman (Marylynn), Ruth Anne Bowen (Kyle) and Kathy Blecke (Scott). She is predeceased by her husband, Samuel M. Meeks, her brother, Samuel N. Workman, M.D., and her sister-in-law, Betty Workman. 

A funeral was held in January for immediate family. Her celebration of life is now scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at 1pm at St. James Methodist Church at 301 Watts Avenue, Laurens, SC, 29360, and the family welcomes all to attend as they are able. The family will receive friends at 12:30pm prior to the 1pm service. The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to the staff at Hospice House for taking such pristine care of her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 301 Watts Avenue, Laurens, SC, 29360 or Hospice of Laurens County, P.O. Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325. 

Condolences may be expressed at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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Dawn and Sonny, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Gail and from reading, her being predeceased by your father Sammy. Please know I hold you both in my heart and prayers that God will bring you comfort and bind you in His loving arms through your grief. I pray God's presence with you both and peace as only he can give. Many prayers are being lifted for you both and will continue to be.

Scott Nix May 1 2022 6:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gail Meeks

Scott Nix May 1 2022 6:20 PM

Dawn and Sonny, may you experience the warmth and comfort from your Faith as you celebrate the memories of your mother. Love, marj/david

Marj Craig Apr 28 2022 5:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gail Meeks

Marion Lynch May God comfort you and give you peace at this time . I worked with Gail at Laurens Glass and she was always very pleasant. Apr 27 2022 11:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gail Meeks

Mike Johnson Mar 15 2022 5:32 AM

What a beautiful, precious soul now resting in the arms of God. Prayers for the family.

Lois McPherson Jan 16 2022 7:32 PM

Thinking of you and your family, Workman - sending hugs, prayers, and support from Peachtree Road.

Michael Lindsay Jan 16 2022 5:28 PM

She was a beautiful lady, and her gifts of music live on through the extraordinary musical talents of her beautiful children.

Evan Willis Jan 15 2022 10:37 AM

Our wonderful "next door"
neighbors for 45 years.....our families have shared so many happy moments in life and a few sad moments as well....
we miss Sammny and we will surely miss Gail......
and we will miss seeing Sonny and Dawn when they come home to visit.
I'm so sorry Gail passed away.❤

Carole, Keisha, Kirby Jan 14 2022 11:16 PM

So sorry to hear of Gail's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Family and Friends !

Lamar Meeks Jan 14 2022 12:32 PM

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