Hal James Meredith Jr.(1918 - 2014)

Hal James Meredith, Jr., 95, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Envoy Healthcare in Winchester, Virginia.

A funeral service will be conducted by Dr. Thomas Rhyne on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal. A reception will follow the burial. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 7 until 9 p.m.

Pallbearers will be the members of the Izaak Walton League Building and Grounds Committee, Gene Mathews, Orivel Baker, Marshall Jones, Ralph West, George Cherefko, and J.G. "Skip" Sims.

Mr. Meredith was born April 3, 1918, in Jackson, Mississippi, son of the late Hal James Meredith, Sr., and Nola Kathryn Thurman Meredith.

He grew up in Brandy Station, Virginia where he met the love of his life and wife of 60 years, the late Olive Brown Meredith, who preceded him in death in 2006. Mr. and Mrs. Meredith were married August 24, 1945. They lived in Front Royal together with William and Violet Olinger for most of their adult lives.

Mr. Meredith was also predeceased by his brothers, Tom Meredith, Jack Meredith, Andy Meredith, Amos Meredith, and Clifford Meredith who died in infancy.

Mr. Meredith is survived by a son, Hal J. "Bo" Meredith III, and his wife, Kathy, of Front Royal; a sister, Jeanne Busse of Charlottesville; a grandson, Del-Ray Meredith and his wife Sally, of Front Royal; a granddaughter, Jennifer Bennett, of Front Royal; a granddaughter, Kimberly Bennett of Front Royal; and a grandson, Brock Bennett of Front Royal; a great-grand daughter, Katie Mosher of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; a great-grand daughter, Morgan Meredith, of Front Royal; a great-granddaughter, Schae Meredith; and a great-grandson, Keagan Burke of Front Royal.

Mr. Meredith joined the Army April 16, 1941 and served as a Staff Sergeant. He was stationed in England for two years and saw activity in World War II in Normandy, France, as a part of the D-Day Invasion, and in Rhineland as a part of the Battle of the Bulge campaign. He said many times that he was extremely lucky to have been a part of so much activity in the war and to have come away without so much as a scratch.

Following his military service, Mr. Meredith was employed by American Viscose, which was later known as Avtex. He retired from Avtex as a Manufacturing Superintendent after 35 years of service.

Mr. Meredith was a charter member of the Warren County chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. He was a part of the group of fourteen members instrumental in purchasing the land and the park that the group now occupies. He held many leadership positions within the chapter, including Chapter President, Building and Grounds Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus. In March of 1998, the Hammock-Meredith house on the Izaak-Walton property was dedicated to Mr. Meredith and his lifelong friend Statton Hammock in honor of the service and dedication of these two men to the park. Spending time at this beautiful place was one of Mr. Meredith's greatest joys.

Mr. Meredith was also a member of Giles B. Cook Post 53 of the American Legion.

Mr. Meredith will best be remembered as a true gentleman who was gracious to all who knew him. He never met a stranger and loved to be with people of all ages. He loved his family very much and encouraged them to make the best lives possible for themselves and to make the world better for others. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved the outdoors. He could be seen many evenings sitting on his front porch enjoying the view and beautiful weather. He will be missed very much.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Warren County chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America: P.O. Box 556, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

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Maddox Funeral Home
105 West Main Street Front Royal, VA 22630
540-635-2773

Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Feb. 20, 2014