The Messenger. 12.24.07
Thomas Leon Cleek Sr., 86, of Union City died Dec. 21, 2007, at his home.
Services were held Sunday at 1 p.m. at White-Ranson Funeral Home. The Rev. Charles Southerland officiated and burial followed in Antioch Cemetery in the Crystal community.
Pallbearers were Matthew Cleek, Thomas Leon Cleek III, Charles Cleek Eaves, Lee Dearmitt, Tommy Kaley and Fred Clayton. Honorary pallbearers were J.T. Adcock, Edd Adcock, Larry Barnes, Bobby Dugger and Randy N. Barnes.
He was born June 20, 1921, in Obion County, son of the late Tom E. Cleek and Lela Bell (Stone) Cleek. He married the former Ada Martha Barnes on Dec. 26, 1945, and she survives.
He was a retired maintenance worker with the former American Metal, the former Lear Siegler and Superior Fireplace in Union City, work which he did for 30 years.
A member of Antioch Methodist Church, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving on LST 462 in the Pacific Theatre and their main battle of Leyta Gulf.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Donna Jean Dowdy of Whiteville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas Leon Cleek Jr. of Milan and Jimmy Allen and Ruth Cleek of Newbern; eight grandchildren, Melissa Ann Dearmitt and Matthew Chase Cleek, both of Jackson, Martha Shannon and April Curl, both of Troy, Thomas Leon Cleek III of Dyersburg, Anna Kaley of Licking, Mo., Amy Wyatt of Mountain Home, Ark., and Charles Cleek Eaves, who is stationed in Pensacola, Fla.; 15 great-grandchildren; and two nephews and a niece.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Jill Cleek; a sister, Nell Adcock; and a brother, Bernice “Bundy” Cleek.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.