Preston Family Funeral Home
Azie Meade, 93, of Russell, passed away Nov. 12, 2013, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Azie was born June 4, 1920, in Martin, to the late Flora Stumbo Meade and James Lonnie Meade. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, and was involved in three major engagements at New Guinea, South Philippines and Luzon. Azie was awarded the Bronze Star and an honorable discharge in 1945. He retired from the Hotstrip Mill at Armco in 1982.
Azie was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anna Lee Fyffe Meade; sisters Dorothy Meade Holbrook and Belle Meade Howard; brothers Astor Meade and James Lonnie Meade Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Carrie Jean White Meade; and great-grandchildren Tanner Drake Leight and Taylor Michael Leight.
Azie is survived by his children, William Drake Meade and wife Carolyn of Grovetown Ga., Kathy Meade Frasure and husband Malcolm of Russell, Deborah Meade Jones and husband John of Russell and Brian Azie Meade and wife Joanie of Trenton, Ohio.
Azie was known as “Papaw” to his seven grandchildren: Michael Scott Frasure and wife Allison, Jeffery Lewis Frasure and wife Amy, Angela Meade Bamburg and husband Cody, Megan Meade Leight and husband Brent, Lisa Ann Meade, Autumn Michele Meade and Jeremy Brett Jones. Papa Azie had 10 great-grandchildren, Kaylie Renee Leight, MaKenzie Beth Leight, Cooper Jakob Leight, Jayden Lewis Frasure, Ava Nicole Frasure, Graesyn Renee Jones, Braden Cody Bamburg, Devon Michael Meade, Michael Dylan Frasure and Logan Adrian Leach.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, by Pastor Jimm Smedley at Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland. Interment with military honors by Ironton VFW Post 8850 and the Patriot Guard Riders will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.
The family will receive visitors after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to prestonfamilyfuneralhome.com.