Elijah Brent Meadows
  • 96 years old
  • Date of birth: May 28, 1917
  • Date of passing: Jul 23, 2013
Let the memory of Brent be with us forever

Elijah Brent Meadows, of Oxford, NC died July 23, 2013 at his home.  He was born May 28, 1017, and was 96 years old.  He was the son of Doctor Brodie Meadows, and his wife Julia Clement Meadows.

Meadows attended Stem High School, where he was the last surviving member of the famous Stem High School Basketball Team that beat Carolina.

He was foremost a farmer, as he cared for the family farm in youth, and continued as an adult.

At one time he was half owner of Oxford Ace Hardware and half owner of Oxford Implement Company.  Later he was sole owner of Oxford Implement Company until he retired in 1998.

He and Helen, his wife, also developed, owned, and operated Meadowview Memorial Park for a number of years.

Meadows was a life long member of Geneva Presbyterian Church,  which is located next to the family homeplace, and is built on land given by his ancestors.  He served as Deacon, Elder, and sang in the choir.

He was a member of various farm organizations, as well as the NC Grange, the Rotary Club, and the Men’s Garden Club.  Together with his wife, they also loved the Bridge Club, Supper Club, and the Dance Club. 

Meadows loved people, his customers, and his family.  He never met a “stranger”.

He was also a Representative of the International Farm Tour, of the NC Agriculture Dept, that went overseas promoting NC tobacco.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers for their devotion to Brenda’s parents; they have worked tirelessly to make sure Brent and Helen had the best of care.  The family also wishes to thank Dr. Day and his staff.

Meadows was pre-deceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen Morgan Meadows.

He was also predeceased by his parents, and his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughter Brenda Meadows Davies, and her husband Chris, of Morehead City, NC., who have Boats, Inc. of Morehead City.

He is also survived by his granddaughter, Carole Davies Compton, and her husband Matt, also of Morehead City, NC, and by his great grandaugher, Carson Presley Compton, age 14 months.

He is also survived by various nieces, nephews, a sister n law, Hazel Meadows of Wilson, NC, and special neice and her husband, Lila and Al Overby, who have been instrumental in his care.

The service will be Thursday, July 25, at 2:00 at Eakes Funeral Chapel, in Oxford, NC, with visitation one hour before.

Burial will be at Meadowview Memorial Park.

Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Meadows family.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ben Currin on 22nd August 2013

"Brenda, We lost a long time family friend, when Brent passed. Brent, & Helen, were my mom & dad's longtime friends!  May they now rest in peace together!"

This tribute was added by Pat Cox on 26th July 2013

"Brenda: it was always a pleasure to visit with your Mother and Father in their home. They enjoyed the senior adult trips we planned at church and especially enjoyed day trips to West Jefferson and theater trips to Chrysler Theater in Norfolk VA several years ago. The sight of your Dad driving that old beat-up truck will stick with me forever. Love to you and yours."

This tribute was added by eugene howard on 25th July 2013

"my condolences to Brent.  I think we are related. I am E.K. Howard lll, born in Oxford in 1946, grew up in Lumberton, nc.  My father was E.K. Howard, jr.  He was born in 1907, died in 1957. His parents were E.K. Howard and Alice Meadows Howard. I think Brent's father was my Maternal grandmother's brother. EK Howard, age 66, Raleigh   ,  thanks  so much"

This tribute was added by Margie Penny on 25th July 2013

"My mother (Ruth Daniel) and family knew your father. My mother died at the age of 89 in 04 and I know you willl miss him as I do my mother. Your dad and my mother went to Stem High School together and graduated.    You will be in my prayers.  Marjorie Dean Penny"

This tribute was added by Nancy Zehnacker on 25th July 2013

"How wonderful this was to read...I never knew all the history behind Mr. Brent.  I am sure that I would have enjoyed conversations with him..I wish I got to meet him.  I am thinking about you Mrs. Brenda and family through this time.  We know now he is with "momma" and that he is in a better place.  Love and Hugs from  Minnesota!....Nancy"

This tribute was added by Glenda Currin on 24th July 2013

"Brenda and Family,
   I will be thinking of you from afar as you celebrate a life so long and well lived. I have special memories of fun times at your house with both of your parents opening their arms to us classmates whenever we would visit. Take care...Glenda"

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Lynn Cox


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