Whitesburg KY

Luther Meade passes; was World War II vet

Luther Houston Meade, 89, of Kingscreek, died June 19 at the Bluegrass Hospice Center in Hazard.

Born in Pound, Va., he was a son of the late Oliver and Dessie Bougess Meade and a brother of the late Dempsey Meade, Otto Meade, Charles Meade, Ed Meade, Hazel Meade, Pauline Meade and Lida Hogg.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Pacifi c Theater during World War II. He was aboard the USS Missouri when the Peace Treaty with Japan was signed, ending the war.

He worked 20 years in construction in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. In the early 1970’s, Mr. Meade founded L&N Coal Company in Pike County with a partner. He then returned to Kingscreek and along with brother, Jack Meade, and Lawrence Shepherd, founded Meade and Shepherd Coal Company.

Through the years, Mr. Meade hosted pig roasts for Gov. Louie B. Nunn, Gov. Martha Layne Collins, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, State Senator Gary C. Johnson, and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

Luther was preceded in death by four brothers: Dempsey, Otto, Charles and Ed; and three sisters: Hazel Meade, Pauline Meade and Lida Hogg.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Gibson Meade; nine children, James Meade and wife Brenda, Wilma O’Connor and husband Barry, Sandy Schneider and husband Don, Diane Levinson, Terry Meade, Cindy Discepoli and husband Guy, Donnie Walker and wife Valerie, Pat Cook and husband Randy, and Melissa Boggs and husband David; seven brothers, Tate Meade of Ewing, Abraham Meade of Hebron, Fond Meade of Flushing, Ohio, Talmage “Jack” Meade Bill Meade and Rondall Meade, all of Kingscreek, and Phillip Meade of Medora, Ind.; five sisters, Peggy Player of Lexington, S.C., Louise Ison of Brownstown, Ind., Cassie Gibson and Nell Fields, both of Whitesburg, and Judy Sumpter of Medora, Ind.; 23 grandchildren and 33 great- grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 21 at the First Baptist Church. Burial was in the Meade Cemetery on Big Cowan.

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