1928 - Alderson High School - 1968


William "Shangahi" Lee Meadows


William "Shangahi" Lee Meadows - May. 26, 1929 - Nov. 21, 2011

Bill Meadows, 82, of Lewisburg, W.Va. passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, from renal and heart complications.

Born May 26.1929 in Glenray W.Va. Bill was the son of the late Milburn and Estelle Meadows, he was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Cynthia Lee, sister Norma Wickline, brothers John and Ross Meadows. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Freda Murel; daughter Donna Marie Smith and husband Donald; sons James Albert and wife Nancy, Melvin Vernon and wife Julie, William Cleveland and wife Paula, and Richard Wayne and wife Kathy; brother, Jesse and wife Edith, sisters Clara Reed, and Mary Armstrong and husband Ernest; and sixteen Grandchildren, twenty Great-Grandchildren, and two Great-Great- Grandchildren, by whom he was fondly called Pop-Pop.

Following 33 years as a lead mechanic with both; Capital Airlines and United Airlines, Bill retired Dec.1.1984. He fulfilled his dream by moving back to West Virginia. Settling in Lewisburg, Bill held to a quiet but strong faith. He was an usher and active member on both the Hospitality and House and Grounds Committees at The Old Greenbrier Baptist Church in Alderson. He also participated at the local food banks. As age reduced his ability to drive, Bill attended the First Baptist Church in Fairlea.

Billís after-retirement talents included fine woodworking, all outdoor chores but especially working on his mammoth gravely mower and splitting wood. He was athletic and enjoyed watching football, boxing, westerns and early sitcoms. He also kept a close scrutiny on the workings of government and was ever-ready to voice his learned opinion on all forms thereof: local, state, or federal. His curiosity, however, was the study of local traffic patterns, particularly the incessant accumulation of ill-timed stop-lights in Lewisburg.

Inspired by the selfless act of his daughter, Cynthia Lee, Bill has chosen to enter the Human Gift Registry for medical education and research at The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg. Annual Memorial Services are held each year to honor all donors from that year. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Bill and his family are grateful for the loving attention he received from the doctors and nursing attendants at both the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and the DaVita Dialysis Center. The concern, comradery, and love from patients and families involved in dialysis was a sustaining gift from God. In lieu of flowers or donations, explore the hardships and personal sacrifice involved in renal disease Ö and hug somebody.

(Source: Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV)


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