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Man dies when moped hit deer

Postby steamboat » Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:05 am

FYI Jim.
Accident claims Cave Spring's Mr. Reliable
George Meador, a custodian at the high school for 39 years, died Monday following an accident involving his moped and a deer.

re: Man dies when moped hit deer

Postby Micronaut » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:43 pm


Accident claims Cave Spring's Mr. Reliable
George Meador, a custodian at the high school for 39 years, died Monday following an accident involving his moped and a deer.

George Meador
Everywhere George Meador went, his giant key ring went with him.

He took it to the Waffle House on Franklin Road every morning, when he drove his moped there for a breakfast of three eggs over easy, Texas toast and coffee. He carried the keys to Richmond when he went to visit his brother at Christmas. He didn't want to lose them.

The keys were to locks at Cave Spring High School, where Meador worked as a custodian for 39 years, since his senior year of high school there. It was the only job he ever had.

"He loved Cave Spring High School," said his brother, Dick Meador. "He took pride in what he did and he loved doing it."

George Meador was fatally injured Monday in a moped crash. He was 61.

"He's going to be missed in this building," said Martha Cobble, Cave Spring's principal for the last 14 years.

About 2 a.m. Monday, George Meador was riding on Starkey Road when his moped struck a deer, Dick Meador said. His brother was left brain dead, with no hope of recovery. He died Monday night at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Dick Meador said he told a doctor, "Something good needs to come of this." He had several of his brother's organs donated.

"At least one person's going to live because of George," Dick Meador said.

George Meador was born in Roanoke in 1944. His small size -- barely over 2 pounds -- prompted a nurse to nickname him PeeWee, something his family would always call him.

"We called him 'Little George,' " at Cave Spring, Cobble said. "He was small in stature but big in heart."

George Meador took his job seriously, showing up an hour early nearly every day to unlock the fences and doors at Cave Spring. Among other duties, he fixed lockers for students, set up for their basketball games and readied the school building for elections -- all the while with his keys jingling.

He was known as Mr. Reliable.

"He was not one to be in the limelight," Cobble said. "It was just George, working behind the scenes."

Cobble described George Meador as a kindhearted man. It meant the world to him when someone remembered his birthday or gave him a Christmas gift, she said.

His reliability carried over into his daily routine.

Every morning, without fail, George Meador would drive to the Waffle House on Franklin Road. Sometimes he would show up there several times in a day.

"He's been coming here since I moved to Roanoke," said manager Edward Privett, who's worked there since 1990. "He has friends who all come in here, they're regulars."

The men would drink a lot of coffee and talk for hours, Privett said.

"He was just a nice guy, easy to talk to," he said.

"He always treated everybody fair and I really respected that," Privett added.

Along with his job and being around people, George Meador loved horror movies, all types of music, anything electronic and jokes, Dick Meador said.

George Meador took care of his foster mother until she died in the late 1990s.

After that, Dick Meador and his wife, Judy, who live in Richmond, began to worry about him. He had never married and had no other family.

"We always worried that he was here all alone," Judy Meador said.

Then, after the moped accident Monday, Dick and Judy Meador came to Roanoke.

The clerk who checked them into Colony Motor Lodge on Franklin Road said he had lost a friend that morning. It was George Meador.

When they walked into Waffle House, every employee had something good to say about him.

"He wasn't alone here," Judy Meador said. "He had created his own family."
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re: Man dies when moped hit deer

Postby don-ohio » Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:21 am

Too sad.................(:^(........

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