Services for Gordon Frederick (Kelly) Meacham, 90, of Apalachicola were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Allen & Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville, Ga. Pastor Terry Bernard officiated.
Interment will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
Mr. Meacham passed away Sunday, Nov. 18 at Southern Pines in Thomasville, Ga.
Born Nov. 9, 1922 in Port Allegany, Penn., he was the son of the late Victor Meacham and Frances Cady Meacham. For 59 years he was married to Jewel Cooley Meacham of Beaumont, Texas who survives.
He was a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army with 23 years of service including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. As an Army officer he directed aircraft operations of up to 120 military personnel. Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Meacham began flying for the Army Air Corps in fixed wing aircraft before training on every rotary aircraft the US Army flew. He was decorated with the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Aviator Badge. CWO Meacham was given the second highest Army Aviation Honor for flying more than 25 combat missions in Vietnam. He continued to work for the government as a flight instructor with the Civil Service and later with the Department of Veterans Service.
He received a bachelor's degree in social studies and business administration in 1976. Other survivors include his children, Larry Cady and wife Vickie of Missouri; Marylou Erway and husband Gordon of Pennsylvania; Barry James Meacham and wife Marty of Kentucky; (Ron) Ronald F. Meacham and Monica Buengener of Germany; Kathleen Meacham Perdue and husband Tommy of Georgia; and Faye Meacham Gibson and husband Murray of Massachusetts; 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leonard Meacham, Eugene Meacham, (Bill) William Meacham, Barry Meacham and Dale Meacham. Friends and family may sign the online guest register at www.allenfh.com