Obituaries

Joseph E. Meador

JOSEPH E. MEADOR, 93, of Weirton, WV, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, after a brief illness. He was born March 9, 1930, in Jumping Branch, WV, son of the late Prince Lee and Sylvia Ann (Meadows) Meador. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Ornell E. (Bauman) Meador (2020); brothers, Lester L., Darrell D., Roy, Dewey R., Chester R., and Van E. Meador; sisters, Mary Frances Meador, Irma Jean Maddy and Goldie Mae Lilly; brother and sister-in laws, Jonathan “Dott”; Lilly, Macie Meador, Helen Meador, and Carolyn Meador. He was also preceded in death by one nephew, Chester R. “Chuck” Meador, Jr. Joseph was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wellsburg Chapter #23 Order of the Eastern Star, Weirton Lodge No. 171 A.F. & A.M., Wheeling Commandery No. 1 Knight’s Templar, Wheeling Union Chapter No. 1, Osiris Shriners, Northern Panhandle Shrine Club, Wheeling Lodge #9 I.O.O.F., American Legion Post No. 10, NRA, and AARP. His favorite charities were Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Boys Town, Tunnel for Towers, Shriner’s Hospital, and St. Jude. Joseph was a Sergeant in the US Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. After returning from Korea, he worked at Weirton Steel as a motor inspector foreman in the Blast Furnace. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, especially with his brothers, playing golf, gardening, woodworking, and “tinkering” in his garage. Joe was a great storyteller, loved to travel and talk to people, and to just be out and enjoy nature. He was an avid Pittsburgh Penguin and West Virginia Mountaineer fan. He is survived by daughters, Lorna E. (Richard) Young , Sherry J. Meador and Jonell L. Meador, all of Weirton; brothers, Donzie D. Meador and Willie D. (Nancy) Meador; sister, Anna Lee (Edwin) Massey; sister-in-law Cindy Meador and brother-in-law Richard Maddy; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home, Weirton, where the funeral took place Friday, December 8, 2023, with Reverend Mark Mayer presiding. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, where military honors will be rendered by American Legion Post No. 10 and the US Army Honor Guards. Memorial donations can be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 3252 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062, Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505, or a charity of your choice.