April 5, 1940 – August 1, 2015
James H. Meekins, 75, of Grant, Alabama, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. Born on April 5, 1940, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Henry Harrison and Erma Sawyer Meekins. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk and served in the
Virginia National Guard Artillery Unit.
Mr. Meekins’ career spanned 30 years as a civilian employee, at the Norfolk District Army Corp of Engineers and 10 years to the Army Materiel Command in Alexandria, VA. Upon retirement, he worked for AMCOM.
He moved to Huntsville in 1991 after marrying his beloved wife of 24 years. While
taking a leisurely drive in 1995, they discovered the Natural Bridge, and purchased
the property shortly afterward. They spent the next 20 years transforming Honeycomb Natural Bridge and Ghost Creek Falls into one of the “Seven Wonders of Marshall County” and a botanical wonderland for all to enjoy.
Mr. Meekins is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dudley Meekins; and
sister, Lynnanne Floyd. Survivors include wife Carol Meekins; daughters, Melissa
(Andy) Miller, of Virginia Beach, VA; and Pam (Tim) Montgomery, of Decatur; son,
Stacey Brewer, of Huntsville; sisters, Phyllis Winters, of Appomattox, VA; and Dana
(Earl) Dewees, of Severna Park, MD; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a
host of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Steve and Linda Perry of New Hope.
Visitation will be Monday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday at 1:00 PM with Bro. Ollie Cooper officiating.
Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville for cancer research.