Harry Moore Meyer, Jr.
Harry Moore Meyer, Jr.
  • May 9, 1934 - June 23, 2017
  • Jackson, Tennessee

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Harry M. MeyerJackson, TNMr. Meyer died Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt, TN. He passed due to natural causes. Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday June 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Northside United Methodist Church with entombment to follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of the Services at 1:00 pm at the Church. Mr. Meyer was born in Jamestown, MO on May 9, 1934, the third of four children of Harry and Alma. Despite growing up in the depression, Harry had a stable and secure childhood. His father was a banker and his mother's family had a farmstead that was home for a time. The family eventually settled in Lebanon, MO. Harry graduated from Lebanon High in 1952. Harry attended what is now the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla where he attained his BS in Civil Engineering, Harry also served his country as a lieutenant in the Navy. In 1956 he married Wanda. the two traveled for three and a half years with the US Navy serving in Providence, RI, Newport, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Portsmouth, VA and Charleston, SC. During this time they had two children -Marsha and Harry III. Then the family moved to Alton, IL where he worked as an engineer and a manager at a local steel mill. In 1963 Harry and Wanda lost a child to premature birth. Later, Harry and Wanda had two more children, Martin and Matthew. In 1974, the family moved to Columbia, SC where Harry ran a small steel mill. Due to his success in improving this facility he was hired by the Florida Steel Company to lead their effort in bringing a state of the art steel mill to Jackson,TN. The family moved to Jackson in January 1980.All along the way Christian service was a mainstay of family life. Harry served in almost every conceivable position in a church setting. Harry taught Sunday school to youth and adults. encouraging them always to "stay in the word" after leaving the steel mill, Harry was successful with his own management consulting business, but he felt God's call on him to reach out to this community.In 1994 Harry was hired to be the Director of the Regional- Interfaith Association (RIFA). He embraced the meaning of Jesus' words that "when you do it to the least of these, you do it to me." While leading RIFA, Harry modernized the facility, including revamping the Community Soup Kitchen; starting the Thrift Store; and instituted several new Bible studies that helped connect with several other Jackson community groups. Because of his efforts, RIFA continues to be thriving, downtown ministry that is a blessing to many. Harry enjoyed his retirement, cheering on the Cardinals with his son, sitting outside enjoying the summer and spending time with his family and leading several Men's Bible studies.Harry was preceded in death by his beloved wife Wanda. He is survived by his 4 Children and their spouses, eight grand children and seven great-grand children.