William Drake Meade

February 19, 1948October 16, 2021

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, William “Drake” Meade, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 73.

Drake was born on February 19, 1948 in Ashland, KY to Azie and Anna Lee (Fyffe) Meade. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1968 until 1972 and retired from AK Steel in 1998 after dedicating 30 years to “the Mill.” On February 21, 1970, he married Carolyn Joyce Chapman. They raised two daughters, Megan Elizabeth and Autumn Michele.

Drake absolutely adored his wife, Carolyn. Everyone who knew Drake knew the most important thing in his life was his family. Drake loved watching all of his babies play sports or perform in school functions. He was often known as “Mr. Mom” at his daughters cheerleading, softball, or basketball practices.

If you were lucky enough to know Drake well, you knew he also had a love for sports. Drake was a fan of the University of Kentucky, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the game of golf. He loved playing golf!

Drake was a friend to many. He was constantly running into someone he knew. He was even known to run into his golfing buddies or coworkers from AK Steel while on vacation with his family. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Drake also had a special place in his heart for his fellow veterans. Every time Drake saw a veteran he would shake their hand and thank them for their service. Drake was preceded in death by his father, Azie Meade, his mother, Anna Lee Fyffe Meade, and two grandchildren, Taylor Michael and Tanner Drake Leight.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Meade, his two daughters, Megan Meade and Autumn Meade, his grandchildren Kaylie Leight (fiancé Gabe), MaKenzie Leight, and Cooper Leight, his sisters Kathy Frasure (Malcolm) and Debbie Jones (John), his brother Brian Meade (Jo), and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Home at 40 N. Main Street Springboro, Ohio from 11 am until 1 pm. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm. Graveside services to follow at Miami Valley Memorial Gardens. Flowers or donations may be sent to Anderson Funeral Home.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Meade family.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

  • Burial with Military Honors

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021


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Lisa Felumlee

October 26, 2021

I remember Uncle Drake hoisting me up over his shoulders when I was a little girl. It was exhilarating and scary all in one, but he always assured me I would be Okay. His smile was infectious and his kindness never ending. I have not seen him for years, but it is nice to remember only good things about him. I am so very sorry for the your loss Carolyn, Megan, and Autumn. I love you all! My heart is with you during this time.

Edward Russell

October 21, 2021

Rest in peace "BUBBY" That's what a lot of his golfing buddies called him. I feel lucky to have been one.

Steven Hines

October 18, 2021

I met Drake on a golf trip at Myrtle Beach many years ago. He was a good man that i enjoyed being around. His quick wit and upbeat attitude drew others to him. Prayers for the family of our friend during this difficult time. 🙏

Caryn Neumann

October 18, 2021


I am so sorry for your loss. While I never met your father, I could tell that he was a good man by the way that you always light up when talking about him. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

Linda Hughes

October 18, 2021

Kevin and I met Carolyn and Drake through our fun Supper Club in Augusta, GA and we enjoyed getting to spend happy time with them and our other Kohl’s colleagues sharing great food, Awesome fellowship and Lots of laughs! Drake had an infectious and warm smile and loved Carolyn so much that you could see and feel his admiration for her while you were around them! They always talked about missing their children and although we were sad to see them move, we were very happy they could be back with family!

Brooke Hensley

October 18, 2021

I have many found memories of Drake. I just can not find one to share. He was a very loving, caring, Christian man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family right now.