REDDICK – Lloyd William Meredith, 85, of Reddick passed away suddenly Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Reddick.
Lloyd was born November 11, 1930 in Blackstone, son of Shannon and Versi Downs Meredith.
He was a veteran of the United States Army Airborne, having served during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge from service, he opened a car repair garage in Braceville.
He later became a heavy equipment operator and entrepreneur logger and contractor. He cleared timber for Peabody Coal Company and eventually purchased a former strip mine property in 1964. With his former wife, Suzanne, that property, founded as Shannon Shores, became Lake Shannon Recreational Community in 1972.
Lloyd had many accomplishments in his life, but above all, he had the most pride in personally enriching the lives of countless people.
Surviving are four sons: Shannon (Ann) Meredith, Rick Meredith, Brandon (Kerri) Meredith, all of Lake Shannon; and Neal Meredith of Florida; three grandchildren: Kendall Meredith, Ava Meredith, and Andrew Meredith.
Also surviving are two sisters: Margie Clark of Braceville and Millie Stewart of Lockport; loving companion, Donna Busaytis of Morris; former wife, Suzanne Meredith of Lake Shannon; dedicated employee and friend, Randy Geister of Lake Shannon; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters: Trilla Rossio Fisher, Helen Wendel, and Freida Lawless; and three brothers: Robert Meredith, Jack Meredith and James Meredith.
Funeral services were at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, Monday, February 22, at 10 a.m. Rev. Jan Chandler officiated.
Interment with military honors followed in Braceville – Gardner Cemetery, Braceville. Shannon, Rick, Brandon and Neal Meredith, Randy Geister and Frank Schaefer served as pallbearers.
Visitation was at the Funeral Chapel Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.