Shirley Meacham, age 83, passed away Dec. 11 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A daughter of the late Lee and Edith Terry, Shirley was born on April 17, 1927 in Helena, Ark. The family moved to Clarendon, where Shirley graduated with the high school class of 1945. She continued her education at Memphis State University and during the war served as a nurse with the Volunteer Nursing Corp in Memphis. Shirley returned to Clarendon where she became employed as an assistant to the local doctor. She and Kirby Meacham were married in the fall of 1947, continued to live in Clarendon for a short period and then moved to their present home in Monroe. Kirby was an elected state representative and when he passed away Shirley was elected to continue in his office. After 17 years in the political arena, she retired and returned to the quiet country life on the farm. Shirley was an active member of the Clarendon Methodist Church and a well respected business woman. Her brisk manner and warm smile will be greatly missed throughout Monroe County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Edith (Cook) Terry; husband, Kirby Meacham Sr.; one brother, Gordon Terry; three sisters, Era Harp, Vera Lynch and Artalee Webb. Shirley is survived by two sons, Kirby Meacham and wife Sissy of Monroe, Conway Meacham of Little Rock; one daughter, Terry Dussex and husband, Frank of Conway; four grandchildren, Joseph (Meghan) Meacham of Clarendon, Amber (Chris) Evans of Conway, Andrew and Jacob Meacham both of Noble, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, Alyson Evans and Evan Meacham. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Oaklawn Cemetery, with Rev. Judy Clark officiating. Arrangements by Bob Neal & Sons in Brinkley. Guestbook www.bobnealandsons.com.
Published December 19, 2010