Douglas Waldemar Meacham, 66, of Summerfield, NC passed away peacefully at Beacon Place on July 14, 2021 after a courageous battle with liver and lung cancer.
Douglas was born on September 26, 1954, in Cambridge, MA to Bonnie (Snide) Meacham and Carlyle Meacham. He grew up in Lincoln, IL, attended St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL and graduated in 1972. He had a lovely singing voice and thought his first calling was in music, where he attended Earlham College for a couple of years. He ended up not finishing his studies at Earlham, and instead went right into the work force. Douglas worked for the State Lincoln Developmental Center with his father and wife – Mary (Ford) Wagstaff. In the 1970’s, he and his wife moved to Massachusetts and entered the field of furniture building and wood working at Wood-Tek, then Collier Keyworth/Leggett & Platt. He moved up the ranks at Collier Keyworth and moved to Staley, NC in 1989 with his wife, Mary, and two sons, Christopher and Jonathan, when he was offered a higher position. While learning the ropes of how to become an Industrial Engineer, he earned an Associates of Applied Science Business Administration degree from Randolph Community College in 1998 and then a Bachelor of Science Degree at UNCG in 2002. Douglas dedicated 35 years of his life to Leggett & Platt, before retiring in 2018.
The Episcopal Church was an important facet in his life. He and his first wife, Mary, attended All Saints Episcopal Church, Greensboro, NC. When they divorced, he attended St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, High Point, NC. There is where he met his recent wife, Karen (McCollum-Campfield) Meacham. The two were married there and settled in Summerfield, NC, with Karen’s two children, Erin (Campfield) Mitchell and Evan Campfield. In 2007, the family moved membership to St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, where Douglas has served on Vestry, as usher and Chalice bearer. He also enjoyed being bell ringer, cantor and the page turner for his wife, Karen, the church organist.
Douglas enjoyed music very much! He played guitar, sang, and thoroughly loved to rock out to some of his favorites - Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He was an avid reader of many genres of books, and he had a very dry, witty sense of humor. He LOVED watching movies and could relate to the humor of Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges. He liked to make people laugh and had a huge heart to help anyone in need. No one who encountered Douglas was an enemy. He did his very best to keep making funny jokes up to the very end. Our family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from numerous family, friends, and caretakers throughout this difficult time.
Douglas is survived by his wife Karen (McCollum) Meacham; son, Christopher Meacham (Felicia Hambrick) of Federal Way, WA; son, Jonathan Meacham (Katherine Fallows) of Syracuse, NY; granddaughter – his sweetie – Eve Meacham of Zanesville, OH; stepdaughter Erin Mitchell of Lexington, NC; stepson Evan Campfield of Summerfield, NC; sister Wanda Meredith Nance (Wes Nance) of Denton, NC; stepmother Donna O’Dell of Washburn, IL; first wife Mary Wagstaff (Cleve Wagstaff) of Clarksville, VA, and several cousins and aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his parents, Bonnie Holbrook and Carlyle Meacham.
A requiem mass will be held on Saturday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1300 Jefferson Rd. in Greensboro with visitation and a reception following. Should you wish to make a donation in Douglas’ honor, please consider a Cancer research organization of your choice, or (Hospice) AuthoraCare Collective, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405, or St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1300 Jefferson Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410
Arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation and Funeral Service of Greensboro.
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