ROSHARON—Pastor The Mey, 76, of Rosharon, Texas died from COVID-19 complications on Wed., Sept. 15, 2021 at HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland hospital in Texas City.
The was born Jan. 10, 1945 in Cambodia and was a longtime resident of Rosharon where he pastored the church he also planted, Rosharon Bible Baptist Church, for more than 30 years.
“Pastor The Mey was small in stature, quiet in manner, but a giant in the faith, particularly among those in the Cambodian community,” said Mitch Kolenovsky, SBTC field ministry representative for South Texas.
Kolenovsky added that the pastor had been a monk in Cambodia before his salvation, after which he moved to the US and Rosharon. The was also active in the Gulf Coast Baptist Association.
Chuck Beem, director of missions for the Gulf Coast association, told the TEXAN that The had escaped the infamous Cambodian Killing Fields during the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge.
Beem also noted The’s commitment to evanglism: “Whenever The Mey shared his testimony, he made it clear that every bit of his salvation was accomplished by God. He loved his people, and he worked hard to share the gospel in Rosharon and in Cambodia. When he wasn’t able to go to Cambodia, he preached via cell phone.
“We are sad to lose him, but we rejoice that he is home with Jesus,” Beem added of the pastor.
The was preceded in death by his wife Nen, his parents and three brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Khim Lor; sons Reaksa Mey and wife Channa; Rokha Mey and wife Sothea; Thavith Mey and wife Sou; and Corinth Mey; seven grandchildren, plus many extended family members and friends.
A funeral service was held Sat., Sept. 25, at Rosharon Bible Baptist Church with interment following at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin.