Services for Thomas O. Meredith Sr., a former farmer who was sheriff of Talbot County in the 1960s and 1970s, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Tom Helfenbein Funeral Home in Church Hill.
Mr. Meredith, who was 88 and lived in Wye Mills, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-Corsica Hills in Centreville.
He farmed in the Wye Mills area from 1929 until 1963, when he was elected sheriff and moved to Easton. Mr. Meredith, a Democrat, was elected to two more terms before he retired in 1974.
Born in Skipton, Mr. Meredith was reared in Carmichael.
A life member of the Easton Lodge of the Elks, he also belonged to the Easton Lodge of the Moose, the Talbot County Farm Bureau, the Maryland Sheriffs Association and the National Sheriffs Association.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Mary Rosalie Shortall; two sons, Thomas O. Meredith Jr. of Annapolis and J. Howard Meredith Sr. of Wye Mills; a sister, Mary Ruth Meredith of Wye Mills; two brothers, Fred Meredith of Centreville and Albert Morris of Skipton; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family suggested contributions to the Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch in Buckeystown.