Celebrating the life of

Dustin E. Meeks

October 11, 1980 - January 14, 2020

Dustin E. Meeks

Dustin E. Meeks, age 39, went home to be with his Lord Jesus, who he loved, on January 14, 2020 (2 Cor. 5:8).   He was at home with his parents at the time of his passing.  Dustin was born and lived in Savannah all his life.  Dustin was a friend to many and loved everyone with a special God given gift of unconditional love.  Because of his unique loving personality, he was also loved by many people.  Before his mobility began to be restricted, Dustin worked PT at several places, including the Chic-fil-A restaurant at Oglethorpe Mall, where he made many friends.  Dustin second family was all his friends at Compassion Christian Church.  Dustin served in many areas at the church including Free to Fly, a ministry to the special needs, and greeting at Sunday Worship Service, while giving out peppermints. Dustin also had a great passion for the down and out, so whenever he was able, he also served faithfully in the Lighthouse Ministry at Compassion Christian, a ministry that serves those that are less fortunate.  The Journey, the Christmas outreach for the church was another area that Dustin look forward too and enjoyed serving in.  Many people remember him as the “Poor Beggar” in the streets of Bethlehem.  Dustin had a great servant’s heart which has blessed many people.  One area that Dustin was bless by each year was his attendance at the Joy Prom.  Through all the ministries that Dustin was involved in, Dustin became a friend to many people.  It has been said that Dustin did more ministry just by showing up and loving people than many people do on purpose.  Dustin will be greatly missed by both family and friends.  Dustin is survived by his parents, Dennis and Shaaron Meeks, his brother and sister-in-law, Aaron and Elizabeth Meeks and his 4 nephews who he adored; Dylan Meeks, Trey Meeks, Jayden Meeks and Will Jackson.  A very special thanks to Julie Sullivan who has helped with his care the past year.  Also, a very special thanks to his Hospice Nurse, Missie Stratton, with Spanish Oaks Hospice.  A final word of gratitude to Dustin's Aunt Saundra and his Cousin Ashlee, both nurses, for their tender care of Dustin during his final days.  Thanks also to Dustin’s Aunt Robbie, his mother’s sister, for being here and helping Shaaron in this very emotional time.  It would have been extremely difficult for the family to get through this painful season, without their help.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2020 at Compassion Christian Church, Henderson Campus. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Compassion Christian Church Lighthouse Ministry (55 Al Henderson Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419) in memory of Dustin, Joy Prom (XCel Ministry, 4611 Atlantic Ave., Savannah, GA 31405), or to your favorite charity.



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- Sherri Ginevan ,WV, Levels

So glad Dustin is no longer suffering but know how much you will miss him. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

- Faye Samples,Ga, Suwanee

He will be missed for a short time but we will be there with him one day. Dustin had the biggest heart any human could have. Speaking for myself I know I will miss that wonderful smile. See you soon Dustin and I will tell Stephie you ask about her rest in peace my brother.

- Chuck LeFrancois,Ga, Pembroke

Dennis and Shaaron, I am so sorry to hear about Dustin's passing, but rejoicing that he is now with Jesus. He was one of the most joyful people I have ever met, and my life was blessed by his presence - as was everyone who ever met him. My prayers are for you and your family during this time. Jake

- Jake Zauche,MT, Lewistown

Dennis and Shaaron, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Dustin. Please know that our we send our prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

- Robert and Susan Koss,NV, Las Vegas

Dennis and Shaaron, we wish we could be there now to celebrate Dustin's life. He was a special individual. We both loved him for his friendliness and devotion to talking to everyone so they felt welcome at church. We will miss him......

- Mike and Sandy Wagoner,Illinois , Normal

Oh, how we will miss your contagious smile and happy spirit. I will never forget the look on your face as you passed me on the bridge run. I am happy with the knowledge you are healed but sad for the hole you left. Until we see each other again!

- TJ & Melissa Behm,GA, SAV

We had the best time with him swimming at the dock in Forest Cove. I remember when he lost his hearing aid and was so worried, but he said it was worth it because he had so much fun. I am so very sorry for your loss and just know that he touched our hearts and brought us many smiles. He will be so so deeply missed. Praying for y’all in this sad time.

- The Rentz Family ,Ga , Savannah

Sharon and Dennis, I can only say that you were the most amazing parents and an inspiration to me. Dustin was simply just full of love in its purest form. He always had a smile and a special way of making everyone feel important. He will be missed so very much, but I will fondly remember him the rest of my life! Love to you all! Bonnie

- Bonnie Scurry,GA, Savannah

Dustin you're an amazing person and we're so blessed to have known you, if only for a short time. We're going to miss your sweet smile and dynamic spirit. Dennis and Shaaron you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you for your love and devotion to Dustin. There are crowns in Heaven waiting for you both. Rest assured that Dustin and Jesus are walking and talking side by side. We love you.... Mike and Patty Brady, Ga., Savannah

- Mike and Patty Brady,GA, Savannah

Dustin was a gift and a blessing to this world. May he rest in joy and peace! He will never be forgotten!

- Audrey Smith & Colby Woodring,PA, State College

Dennis and Shaaron. Jerina and I were shocked to hear of Dustins passing . We moved to Jacksonville 15 months ago to Live near our grandchildren and lost contact with everyone back at the church . We loved Dustin and always enjoyed talking to him when we would see him at the church. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead . Love y’all!

- David and Jerina BOYLSTON ,FL , Jacksonville

Jennifer and I both have very fond memories of serving with Dustin and love you always saw in him. Thank the Lord and the Meeks family for sharing him with all of us. Find peace knowing the impact he had on so many.

- Greg and Jennifer McGilton,Alabama , Birmingham

I Volunteered with Dustin at the lighthouse. He was one of my really good friends there and he would always show kindness to everyone around him. This year I told him that me and my friend sophia would be graduating this year and he was so thrilled to hear that and said that he would love to make it to our graduation. sadly that won’t be able to happen. however he is with God and he would always tell me to look to better things when a problem came. he brought me closer to the church than i ever was before and i can never thank him enough for that. he will always be in my heart forever and always. he lived and amazing life with a wonderful family and friends who aspired to have a heart like he did.

- Morgan Shinn,georgia , pooler

I am so sorry to hear of Dustin's passing. Your family is in our prayers.

- Chris & Peggy Sue Licavoli,GA, Savannah

I remember Dustin and his lovely mother and family from Savannah Therapeutics, decades ago. He was a joy then and I am sure grew in that. My condolences and prayers to his family.

- James Mcaleer,CA, Tustin

Dear Sharon and Dennis, I am so very sorry to hear this about your precious son. Y’all were devoted parents and gave him a wonderful Christian life. God Bless him and you and all of your family and friends. So comforting to know that you will be with him in eternity. With sympathy and love, Jan

- Jan Daniel Crawford,Va., Va. Beach

We surely will miss you sweet Dustin ❤️ You taught us so much on what it means to love like Jesus. You never failed to ask me about each and every person in our family and remembering every detail of their lives. You loved people with a genuine heart, paying attention and listening to everyone you befriended. What a beautiful example for all of us on what it looks like to love with intention. We love you so much Meeks family.

- The Hughes Family,CA, Laguna Niguel

We are so very sorry to hear about Dustin. I remember his wonderfully sweet sprit and the joy he always brought whenever he was around. Our prayers are with your family.

- Jim & Sue Martin,GA, Stockbridge

I'm so sorry to hear about Dustin!! He was the sweetest person that I know, and you can't help but smile when you think of him! He always had a great spirit about him! Loved him tremendously! Prayers for your family!

- Amanda Maner,GA, Savannah

Praying for you an sorry for you loss. Dustin was very special to us. Tom & Renie Bell

I am forever thankful to have had Dustin as a friend for so many years! He truly had as much or more impact just being in a room than most. I look forward to seeing him again and celebrating!

- Sarah Ryan (Havens) ,GA , Blairsville

Dear Dennis & Shaaron, You are in my prayers. I pray that you may feel God's presence and peace at this time. I regret that as family we don't see each other often. We share such a precious legacy of faith which makes us adequate for what we face. Blessings to you!

- Jeanne Neely,GA, Coolidge,

Loving you and Missing you! See you again one day.

- Joe & Edith Lukas ,Georgia , Savannah

We had the pleasure of meeting Dustin when we began volunteering at Lighthouse. His joy serving Jesus was so evident; he always had a smile on his face. We have missed him and will continue to miss him. We find joy in knowing he is free from pain and now worshipping at the feet of Jesus. Dustin, we will see you again!

- Tom & Joni Clarke,GA, Guyton

We will miss you immensely Dustin. You will always be my hero buddy!

- Tom, Jonetta , and Blayne McDonald,Georgia, Brunswick

Mr. and Mrs. Meeks and family- Oh, how Dustin impacted my life. When I first met him when I was in high school, I knew he had the love of Jesus for all he encountered. He was such a warm, friendly presence whenever I would see him and he always wanted to know what was going on in my life. I know you all were so proud of him! There never has been and never will be another Dustin Meeks. Our loss is heaven's (and Dustin's) gain!

- Ashley Feemster Huckestein,GA, Newnan

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Deepest Sympathy! Praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Through HIS tender love and divine understanding, may GOD grant you the comfort HE alone can give. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Victoria Godbee,GA, Pooler

Dustin will surely be missed. His smile and kindness was contagious and always made me smile when I saw him. The lobby at church will not be the same without him.

- Tiffanie Livingston,Georgia, Savannah

Dustin was such a caring guy. Before I moved to Effingham county, Miriam and I would always see Dustin during Manna. He would always ask how Miriam was. He also played a part in welcoming my adopted daughter as she entered the United States. Sharon and Dennis I send my condolences. And thank you for allowing him to be a part of Miriam's and my life

- Joy & Miriam Haralson,Ga, Springfield

Dustin will be missed so much by all those at Compassion Christian who loved him! He always had a smile for everyone! Now he is home with Jesus whom he loved and knew very well. He is new and will never hurt again. Our love goes to Shaaron and Dennis who loved and cared for their son with all their hearts! They all are in our prayers!!!

- Stephen & Diane Smith,GA, Pooler

My love and prayers go out to all the family,

- Patricia Hathaway,Georgia, Savannah

Dustin.... Love you buddy and miss our YMCA workouts. You inspire us all!

- Mark Moody,GA, Savannah

Sharon and Dennis, You are amazing parents and Dustin was an amazing young man. I met him when my daughter worked at Chick-Fil-A. She had foot surgery so I got to go on the dolphin tour for their Christmas party. Dustin was cracking jokes and making everyone laugh. I remember him working the Journey and again so kind; always smiling and talking to everyone. He never let anything stop him. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort during the hard time. Blessings always.

- Shari and Dwane Hendricks,GA, Savannah

Dear Dennis and Sharon, I was saddened to hear about your news, but gladdened for I know without a shadow of a doubt, Dustin is home with the Lord. Christians are to strive to be Christlike, I'd settle for being more Dustinlike... for to have the faith in Christ as Dustin has is an example to us all. Thank you for letting Dustin be himself, an example of brave parents who also gave him the freedom to fly then and now on high with Jesus and the Heavenly Hosts. As the song says, I can 'only imagine' Dustin seeing the Lord and his face shining brighter than ever now in His presence. May God bless the entire Meeks family in this time. But be ye ever comforted by knowing, truly understanding, Dustin is more ALIVE than ever. Oh to be more like Dustin in our own daily walk and work for Christ. God be with you all.

- Josh Sheffield,GA, Brooklet

Dustin will be greatly missed. My love and condolences goes out to his family who always made me feel like a part of their family

- Hugo Carter ,Ga, Savannah

Sending my most heart felt condolences

- Charlene Howell,Georgia, Springfield

While living in Savannah our family volunteered as greeters with Dustin. We had many conversations and enjoyed his warm infectious personality. He was very special to our 11 year old daughter Allison. Our prayers are with your entire family as you go through this time. Please know he made such a difference in our lives and we will always have him in our heart. May God bless and comfort you all.

- Dove,AL, Huntsville

Dustin was a sweetheart. I'm thankful for Emmaus and the opportunity to meet him on this earth! Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

- Debbie Mamalakis, Greensboro, GA

Sharon and Dennis, it breaks my heart that I was at sea when Dustin passed. I would have been in Savannah at his funeral and regret so much that I was not. I would have wanted to be there to share my love and condolences with all of you. I'm not sure I have ever known a more loving family than yours. It was always an extraordinary experience to be in your presence and see your awesome expressions of love for each other. The smiles on your faces were always so telling....the aura of Christian faith and love, was amazing. Your devotion to each other and your awesome love and care for Dustin was a ministry because it warmed the hearts of so many who came in contact with you. Dustin had the faith and trust in God that so many of us live a lifetime trying to obtain. There is no doubt where he abides is easy to see him in the arms of Jesus. I love you and you will be in my prayers. Debbie Holmes Carter

- Debbie Holmes Carter, Snellville, GA

Dennis and Sharon I was going to send a card but no longer have your address. Don and I were so sorry to hear about your loss of your precious son, Dustin . He was so sweet! I remember him fondly, and recall him waiting on me at chic filet many times. I know you will miss him but he is with our Lord and healthy and whole! We are keeping you all in our prayers . Don and Norma Hoskins

- Norma hoskins, Jacksonville , Fl

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel