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3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC

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Richard Meek

October 17, 1949July 19, 2019
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Richard Alexander Meek, 69, a long-time teacher at West Brunswick High School and resident of Supply, NC died Friday July 19, 2019 at Autumn Care Nursing Center following complications due to Multiple Sclerosis.

Born in Richmond, Virginia on October 17, 1949, Richard was the beloved youngest son of Alice G. Meek of Pinehurst, NC and the late U.S. Army Colonel Charles A. Meek (retired). In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a niece, Shannon Meek.

Richard taught for 25 years in the Brunswick County School system, primarily at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, NC. A man who deeply enjoyed working with his hands, Richard was a proud Vocational Education teacher. Starting off his career as a welding teacher, Richard later added a course for his vocational students in Principals of Technology. Passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with his students, Richard was always happy to run into former students around town. An active, long-standing member of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), Richard served as the NCAE representative for West Brunswick High School. He was also past-president of the Brunswick County Retired Teachers Association.

Richard graduated from Western Kentucky University earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Psychology. He earned a Master of Arts at Western Carolina University and was a Ph.D. candidate in Vocational Education at Clemson University (GO TIGERS!) In addition to teaching, Richard loved being on the water, watching his sports teams, listening to music, and spending time with his family and friends.

He will be dearly missed by his surviving family members, which, in addition to his mother Alice, include his daughter, Amy Meek (Philip Olinger) and his granddaughter, Twyla Olinger, of Chapel Hill, NC, a brother, Charles Meek of Supply, a sister, Sherry Smith (Bill) of Gastonia, NC, 2 nieces (Taylor and Cameron) and a multitude of good friends.

A celebration of Richard’s life will take place on Saturday July 27th, 2019 at one o’clock in the afternoon in the Lou Ellen White Memorial Chapel at White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC.

Richard’s family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Brunswick County Retired School Personnel Scholarship Fund (BCRSP). The BCRSP scholarship is designed to benefit Brunswick County high school seniors pursuing a program of studies in teaching or current school employees continuing their education. Donations can be sent to Kathleen Thompson, Treasurer of BCRSP, 114 NE 17th Street, Oak Island, NC 28465, or Jeanette Mintz, President, 3314 Big Neck Road, Ash, NC 28420.

Richard’s family invites you to offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com

White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Dr., Shallotte, NC.

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  • A Celebration of life Saturday, July 27, 2019

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Michael Turner

July 28, 2019

Mr. Meek, I got to know you when I was 12 in shop. You had patience and understanding for all students and showed me that I could be more than what I ever thought I could be. More teachers like you are needed in today’s world. I often asked my mom if she had heard from you and to tell you hey for me when she did. I’ll never forget the lessons you taught me and the man you were. Sorry I can not say good bye in person but know you and your family and in my thoughts and prayers. Rest easy my friend.

Drew Johnson

July 26, 2019

Very sad to hear. I have always hoped to see Mr. Meek again, and let him know that he created a spark in me with electronics (no pun intended). He was my Principles of Technology teacher 20 some years ago. I used to give him such a hard time and he in turn did the same to me. He has always been one of my favorite teachers. He was a blessing to many and I’m thankful that I was taught by him.

James Hewett

July 26, 2019

So sad to see such a great teacher and man leave us. So many great memories from my senior year in 91 in Principles of Technology. I live in Montana now and still tell stories about that class and the teacher we all called "Meeks". Thanks for the time and memories.

Candice Kye

July 25, 2019

Mr. Meek, It seems like a lifetime ago when I was in your class at West. I remember some technology stuff but I truly appreciate how you tried to give us real life lessons. We were listening. I'm so honored to have had you as a teacher!

Brenda Lewis

July 23, 2019

Richard absolutely made daily life at WBHS more interesting with his humor & gift of gab! He was a good friend and colleague who taught me how to turn on a computer! RIP.......

Joey DuPuis

July 23, 2019

Richard Meek was one of the best teachers I had ever had. He taught applied physics through Principles of Technology at West. He kept a clear head, wanted to see his students do well, and was always ready to teach, even just random tidbits unrelates to the lessons. He had loved his dog and would fondly talk about doing burger runs for him.

Brian Fassbender

July 23, 2019

Mr. Meek's classes were always fun. I had the pleasure of having several different classes he taught while I was at West. You could tell he genuinely loved to teach, and always made you feel comfortable asking questions. He sure loved computers, Macs especially. He'd do his lecture for the first half of the class and either let us work on projects, or, if we were caught up, play on the computers he had. He was a teacher of mine but I'll remember him more as a friend I made when I was a student there. Class of '02. Rest easy, Mr. Meek.

Brandy Ludlum

July 23, 2019

Richard, where do I begin. I have known you since I was about seven years old. You were one of my Moms Best Friends. You were always so kind to me. I remember having you for Science and Chemistry in my high school years. I worked even harder to earn those A’s because I needed you to be proud of me. Through the years, every single time we ran into each other you always gave me that smile and warm hug. I will miss you so much and knowing I will never run into you again makes my heart hurt. You were such an amazing teacher that truly cared about your students and wanted the best for them. I don’t have to wonder where you are now because I know you are in the Lords arms. I will carry you in my heart as long as I live. I wish I had known you were sick because I would have come to visit you. I will definitely be at your service to see my friend and someone I looked up to for the last time. I never told you that I loved you but I hope you already knew that. I won’t say goodbye, I hate goodbyes, so I will only say that I will see u later. Love, the little girl that you taught me so many things about life along time ago.

Sherrill Jolly

July 23, 2019

As a rookie teacher, it was great to have someone like Richard to help mentor me through those first years. WBHS was better because of people like Richard. Oyster roasts, pranks, executive committee meetings,,,,the memories are all good. Rest in Peace and I hope the cantaloupes are sweet.

Linda Callender

July 23, 2019

Richard,
What time we weren't arguing about one thing or another, we had a great time at WBHS. You were a great sport and a good friend. I'll never forget the good times at the oyster roasts. You were always there roasting the oysters and being your irrascible self! Perhaps my favorite memory was the year I gave you to Jeanette Mintz for Christmas. We stole a gurney from Jeanette's classroom. You got on it, and we wrapped you in Christmas paper, tied a big tag to your toe, rolled you up to Jeanette's door, knocked, and then ran to a safe place to watch the merriment. We even videoed it! I will miss you, my friend, and so will the many students and staff members who were there during our years at WBHS. Once a Trojan, always a Trojan. Go rest high now.

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