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Thomas Giles Meacham Jr.

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Thomas Giles Meacham Jr. Obituary
Thomas Giles Meacham, Jr.


Thomas Giles Meacham, Jr. passed away peacefully on March 28, 2018. Tom was the eldest son of the late Thomas G. Meacham and Ruth Caudell Meacham. He was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina where he graduated from High Point Central High School in 1970. He attended Furman University before transferring to NC State University and graduating in 1974. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where he made many memories and long time friends. Tom was admitted to Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in Birmingham, AL and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1977.

He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar that same year and began his legal career with the NC Secretary of State before moving to the NC Attorney General's Office where he served more than 30 years as an Assistant Attorney General. During that time he represented various state agencies and boards, but he diligently advised the NC Department of Agriculture for the majority of his career. He also was a proctor for the NC State Bar for many years. After retirement, Tom enjoyed working part time as a tour director for Holbrook Field Trips, conducting educational trips for children to Williamsburg, Washington DC and in North Carolina.

Tom met his future wife Sarah Young Meacham (Sally) at the Attorney General's Office when they were beginning attorneys in the Human Resources Section. They were colleagues, then friends, and then realized they should be dating as they had so much in common. They were married on March 3, 2000.

Tom had many interests and passions. He was a reader and an animal lover. He enjoyed the company of young people, particularly his nieces. Tom became a big fan of NC State sports while in college. He and Sally, also a long time NC State fan, enjoyed being season ticket holders to football and mens basketball. There were many tailgate parties with family and friends, as well as bowl games and TV game watching parties over the years. As loyal fans they celebrated the highs and never gave up during the lows. Tom also loved the Green Bay Packers from boyhood. An unforgettable moment was attending a game at Lambeau Field.

He was a devoted member of the Hillsborough Street YMCA where he worked out regularly for decades. He enjoyed the community and found many friends among the Y staff and members. Tom also loved many styles of music, from the Beatles/British Invasion, R&B, soul, to Americana. Beginning in high school he attended live performances and continued throughout his life; Tom and Sally regularly attended local concerts throughout the Triangle. In 2001 they discovered Merlefest in Wilkesboro and were yearly attendees thereafter.

Tom and Sally developed their mutual interests in travel, wine, beer, and food. A favorite weekend activity was to visit a new local restaurant, food truck, or brewery, often with friends. Also, they were able to combine those interests with outdoor activities on some wonderful trips. They kayaked in Alaska and Puget Sound, toured wineries in the US and Europe, and hiked in many National Parks like Acadia, Big Bend, Arches, Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Yosemite and Rainier. They explored the Dolomites and Cinqueterre in Italy, visited many a cozy pub in Britain, drank in German beerhalls, climbed Mayan pyramids in Mexico, snorkeled the Caribbean, and cycled in Amsterdam. One meaningful trip was to France where they participated in activities honoring a WW II pilot from Norwood, North Carolina who crashed and died near Jouarre, Seine et Marne. Tom and Sally felt they were also honoring their fathers who were both veterans of the war.

Tom also loved traveling in North Carolina, particularly the mountains and coast. Tom and Sally were introduced to favorite hikes up Grassy Ridge and Yellow Mountain by Sally's brother Ed. With his brother Bill's tutoring, Tom became an avid surf fisherman. Many wonderful Meacham family vacations have been spent on Ocracoke and the Core Banks competing for the family fishing trophy. Tom was the all-time winner and will be inducted into the Meacham hall of fame.

Tom lived with metastatic colon cancer for the last 2 years of his life but with treatment and the support of family and friends was able to maintain his activities and interests until near his death. The family thanks Dr. Jeremiah Boles and the wonderful staff at Rex Cancer Center for their care of Tom.

Tom is survived by his wife Sally, his brother Bill Meacham and wife Cathy Meacham, his nieces Amber Meacham and Kristen Meacham (Brandon Ray). He also survived by his brother in law Ed Young (Sheryl), two nieces Carrie (Caleb Guard) and Laura (Blake Mutschler), and two grandnephews Noah Guard and Levi Guard.

The family will receive those who wish to remember Tom on April 5, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh. Memorial contributions may be made to the Raleigh Rescue Mission (https://www.raleighrescue.org), the V Foundation for Cancer Research (https://www.jimmyv.org) or the .
Published in The News & Observer from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2018
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