It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Samuel Charles Meade, age 85, of Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, September 27, at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.
Sam suffered a stroke while fighting a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. His parents, Minor and Ida Meade, and sisters, Virginia Cockell, Jean Higgins, and Charlene Poindexter, preceded him in death. Sam is survived by his loving wife, Valerie Edgar Meade; and their children, Sylvia Lundberg (Michael), Steven Meade (Rhonda), Susan Dailey (Mark), Samantha Gillette (Jay); eight grandchildren, Daniel, Heather (Nick), Jessica (Ryan), Dylan (Anna), Ryan (Cassie), Ross, Joseph, Samuel; nine great-grandchildren, Paris, Bella, Nuela, Julian, Camden, Louise, Sonny, Colton and Parker; two brothers-in-law, Bill Poindexter and Gordon Cockell; three nieces, Terri, Carol and Beth, and one nephew, Jimmy.
Sam met and married the love of his life while serving in the U.S. Air Force in England. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, Sam and Valerie first settled in Winston-Salem, NC, and later moved to Richmond, VA, in 1968. Once in Richmond, Sam started and owned a business while working for Greyhound Lines Inc. and later James River Transportation, logging over one million road miles. Sam was a family man and a loyal friend. He was quick with a smile, charming, and had a great sense of humor. An extrovert who made friends quickly and never met a stranger, he was always ready with a joke or story. He enjoyed watching football, enthusiastically cheering for his Dallas Cowboys, and loved country music, playing golf, and working in his yard. Sam was proud of his family and adored and enjoyed his children and grandchildren. They all loved his teasing, shenanigans, affection, and warmth. Sam will be remembered for his unwavering faith, strong character, and deep love of Valerie and their family.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA. A memorial service will follow from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America via their website at www.alzfdn.org