In Loving Memory

Charles T. Meacham, d. Jan. 26, 2014

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In Loving Memory

May 31, 1923 – January 26, 2014

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Point Clear, AL

Charles T. Meacham (Charley), aged 90, died Sunday, January 26 at Point Clear, Alabama. He was born in Heron, Illinois on May 31, 1923, but grew up in Tuscaloosa. He was the son of the late Charles Hudson and Lois Acker Meacham. He attended Auburn University for a short time before moving to Mobile where he took a job at Brookley Field, a job that began his life long love of aircraft and aircraft engines. In 1942, at the age of 19, he joined the Army Air Force and after training in Nebraska, he served as the engineer-gunner on a B 24 Liberator first stationed in the North African Theater of War. In 1943, his crew was assigned to the newly formed Heavy Bomber Unit of the Fifteenth Air Force stationed in Foggia, Italy. After flying bombing missions over Italy, France, Germany, and Romania his liberator was shot down over the River Danube in June, 1944. Badly wounded, he spent the next four months in a prison of war camp in Bucharest, Romania. On September 1,1944, after Romania capitulated to the Allied forces, he and 1,112 other prisoners were rescued and returned to their base in Italy. Upon his arrival in Italy, he was personally greeted and commended by Major General Nathan Twining and awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Presidential Citation, and ribbons for service in the American and Italian Theaters. Some years later he received a Prisoner of War Medal and a letter stating that he had been awarded the Silver Star. After he was repatriated, he returned to Brookley Field where he supervised the flight line. After Brookley closed, he took a position as engineer in the research and development division of aircraft engines at Teledyne Continental. He was married for more than 50 years to the late Mary Helen Sumerlin Meacham.

He is lovingly remembered and honored by his siblings: Don, James Terry, and Frances and by his many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his daughter Virginia Meacham Gould, his son Howard Wayne Meacham, his four grandsons: Marcus, Mitchell (Daisy), Jeremy (Erin), and Grahame (Jasmine) and three great grandchildren: Rosemary, Cyrus, and Atticus. During the last years of his life, he was lovingly cared for by Demetria Burgess, Yolanda Wilson, Darlene Bell, Sadiyaa Azeez, Allyson Dale, and Christiana Thomas. They held a special place in his heart.

Graveside services, with military honors, will be held at 11am Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Confederate Rest Cemetery in Point Clear.  In the event of rain, services will be held at the home of Virginia Meacham Gould.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, One Intrepid Square West 46th  Street and 12th Avenue,
New York, New York 10036  or St. Francis at the Point,  17280 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear, AL 36564. 
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at hughesfh.com.  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL. 

7 Comments

  1. Randy Sparks

    Ginger and Family,
    Please accept my condolences on your loss. Mr. Meacham was a genuine hero whose sacrifices for his country deserve to be honored and remembered. His was a rich and full life. I hope that in genuine New Orleans fashion, that your sadness at his death is tempered by the joyous remembrance of him and his release from his pains on earth into the sweet hereafter. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  2. Kenya Williams

    I fell honored to had set with him he was a wonderful man and will be truly miss

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  3. George and Josie

    Ginger, it is no wonder you were so proud of your father. Your fondness for him showed every time you spoke of him. I know you will feel comforted by the loving care you gave him.

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  4. Beverlee Clayton Treis

    Thanks, Uncle Bud for: So many Christmases my family spent with your family. So many water skiing lessons pulled by your wooden boat! So many crabs you and Dad gathered and boiled. So many Gulf Shores vacations with Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends at the cabin. Mary Helen & Bud, Bill & Evelyn, many happy times for us all. I’ll remember your lopsided smile, easy laugh, quick wit, and calm nature. I feel blessed to have such good family memories growing up. Your admiring niece, Bev

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  5. Beverlee Clayton Treis

    Thanks, Uncle Bud for: So many Christmases my family spent with your family. So many water skiing lessons pulled by your wooden boat! So many crabs you and Dad gathered and boiled. So many Gulf Shores vacations with Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends at the cabin. Mary Helen & Bud, Bill & Evelyn, many happy times for us all. I’ll remember your lopsided smile, easy laugh, quick wit, and calm nature. I feel blessed to have such good family memories growing up. Your admiring niece, Bev

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  6. Ray and Karen

    We send you our sincere sympathy and love during the this difficult time of grieving for the loss of your dearly beloved father. From all the wonderful stories you recounted about him with such love and caring, we already knew how much he meant to you and that he had to be very special, not just to you, but to all who knew him. We are grateful we have learned even more about his life at this time. May his love and the memories he leaves behind be celebrated by all.

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  7. David Meacham

    I have fond memories of my dad and uncle Bud relic hunting, he was not only my uncle but he was also my hero of world war 2, I also feel privileged that he thought enough of me to write down the experience of his being shot down during world war2,, from what he had. For breakfast to his going to Miami Florida with Mary Helen fo 30 days leave. Good by my buddy. David Meacham
    251-766-9177

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