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Place of Visitation
Bennett & Barden Funeral Home

Time of Visitation
Saturday, March 9, 2013
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Robert Joseph Meadows

Sept. 3, 1969 - Feb. 25, 2013

MEADOWS, Robert Joseph, on February 25, 2013, our "Bobs" left us unexpectedly, as quietly as he had lived.  Born on September 3, 1969 in Fayetteville, NC, he lived most of his life in Powhatan, Va.  He worked during high school at Hatcher's Dairy Farm and after graduation, at Brown's Chevrolet.  He later graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in Tennessee, but an accident at work in 1994 left him unable to pursue his lifelong dream of auto body work.  I am forever indebted to Fran Carleton, who suggested that he volunteer in the school library and then convinced the School Board that he was needed full time, thus beginning a 17 year span of employment in the Powhatan County School system. Perfectly suited to his quiet nature, the job entailed cataloging books, running the Accelerated Reader program, reading new books for age-appropriateness, and helping with check-out.  Despite the difficulties of being wheelchair bound, he was always prompt and dependable and his co-workers enjoyed the challenge of trying to engage him in conversation, which was easier if the topic was cars.  His love of those was obvious from his extensive collection and his knowledge of automobile history, makes, and models began at an early age and was boundless.  After his father's death 3 years ago, he developed a close relationship with his youngest brother, Michael, who shared his enthusiasm for all things vehicular.  Robert's memory is cherished by his large family; his mom, Patty, his siblings, Jeri Eroh (Ronnie), Jennifer Adkins (Eddie), Sandy Morin (Matt), Melissa Perry (Tom), Steve (Tiffany), Tim (KC), Mandi Mosler (Derrick), Matthew, Amber and Michael; also 16 nieces and nephews; his grandmother, Ethel Meadows; many aunts, uncle and cousins.  He also leaves behind friends and co-workers, who respected his perseverance, his strong work ethic and his ability to overcome his physical challenges with courage and dignity.  The family welcomes everyone to join us in remembering his life at a casual reception at the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60), Powhatan on Saturday, March 9 from 3 to 5 pm. 

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  • Monty Gatewood
    Mar. 9, 2013

    I am very sorry to hear about Bobby's passing. I know how proud your family was of him, especially how he handled life's challenges. Now he is reunited with Bobby, Sr. And that is something I hope brings you comfort.

  • Elizabeth and John Berry
    Mar. 9, 2013

    To the Meadows Family-Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time-God bless you all.

    Love, Elizabeth & John

  • Page & Angela Harrison
    Mar. 8, 2013

    To The Meadows Family;
    I am so sorry for the passing of Bobby. I can't remember a time coming to visit that he wasn't there. I know there are no words that provide comfort right now, but please know that we have you all in our prayers.

    Love Page & Angela (Taylor) Harrison

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

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