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Robert Kenneth Meadows

August 6, 1931 ~ October 26, 2020 (age 89)

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Robert Kenneth Meadows died on Monday, October 26 at his home in Beaufort.

Here are several "Bob Stories" that Bob's family would like to share to describe what kind of person he was rather than listing his accomplishments:

"How Swansboro High School got its First Football Team"

One Saturday morning the boys in Bob's high school class came to Bob and said, "we want you to go with us to the Principal and tell him that we want a football team." The Principal thought that was a fine idea, so he called his friend who was a coach at NC State and he and Bob's Daddy, Kenneth Meadows, drove a fish truck to Raleigh to pick up used equipment and uniforms from the NCSU athletic program. When the newly formed Swansboro Football team played its first game with Bobby Meadows as quarterback and team captain, none of the members of the team had ever seen a game of football played.

"Member of the Wake Forest Marching Band"

A school as small as Swansboro High did not have a marching band but when Bob went to Wake Forest College" he asked the WFU band director, Dr. Thane McDonald, if he could become a member of the marching band even though he did not play a band instrument. Dr. McDonald gave him a chance, with the gluckenspiel. After a while, Dr. McDonald switched him over to the cymbals. Bob Meadows became the president of the Wake Forest Band.

Bob Meadows was born in Swansboro NC in 1931.He was the first member of his family to go to college. His love and passion for the arts, music, travel, theatre and theology blossomed at Wake Forest taking him beyond his wonderful and deep Swansboro roots. His love for these things was only surpassed by his love for his wife, Carolyn, whom he met in Swansboro when she was visiting there one summer with her family. Carolyn and Bob were married following his service in the US  Navy and made their home in Beaufort NC. 

Bob was a teacher, counselor, artist, wood carver, gardener, theologian, philosopher, environmentalist, elder and member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church Morehead City,  and friend to many. After retiring from his life's work he became a self-taught pie baker, making homemade pastry and using pecans that he picked up in his backyard on Orange Street. Apple pie "not too sweet" was also a specialty and he would bake pies for birthdays, special occasions or whenever Carolyn wanted one. His "uptown collards" are famous in the Beaufort area and beyond.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Bob Meadows, was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth Meadows and Edith Littleton Meadows, sister-in-law, Amber O. Meadows and nephew, Jody Meadows. 

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Carolyn Hollis Meadows; daughter, Lenore Meadows and husband Scott Taylor; son John Meadows and wife, Jil L. Meadows; son, Dr. Steven Meadows and wife, Beth W. Meadows; brother, Frank Meadows of Otway. He was blessed with six grandchildren, Sam Bell and wife, Amanda Jane LIttle, Sara Bell, Eliza Meadows, Sophie Meadows, Emerson Meadows and Natalie Meadows and two great grandchildren, Vianne and Margot Bell; niece, Melissa Meadows Patterson and husband Greg Patterson; and nephew, Jamie Meadows. He is also survived by Alan Atkisson and wife, Kristina, and daughters, Saga and Aila of Stockholm, Sweden and David Duncan Taylor and wife Tiffany, and daughters Kenna and Meryn.

The family would like to thank Dr. Luis Cuervo and the extraordinary staff at Carteret Health Care Cancer Center, Dr. Timothy Pardee and fine staff at Baptist Hospital Leukemia Center, Dr. Frieda Menzer, family physician and friend. The family is deeply grateful to the Hospice of Carteret Health Care nurses and staff whose guidance and loving care enabled Bob to remain at home surrounded by love. 

"Now my boat's left on the shore behind me; with God's love I will seek other seas"

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Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.

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