BEDFORD — Perry Ray Meek, 49, passed away at his mother’s house after a short battle with cancer. He was a former employee of Westinghouse, ABB, ATR Coil, and the Hard Rock Cafe.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Steve Meek; his father, Robert “Bud” Meek; his paternal grandparents, Dorothy and Ray Meek; and his maternal grandparents, Betty and Ernest Atchley Jr.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley (Atchley) Hess of Bedford; his sister and brother-in-law, Crystal (Smith) and Steve Sanders of Bedford; nephew Damon Meek of Odon; three nieces Kari (Meek) Gallagher of Odon, Maranda and Heaven Sanders, both of Bedford; and stepgrandmother Virginia Atchley of Odon.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Poindexter-McClure Funeral Home, Odon Chapel. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Odon with burial following immediately at Louder Cemetery in Springville.
At the end of the day, life is not about where you worked, went to school, which church you frequented or who died before you. Sure, it is part of your story, but I think it is the impact you make on people that is more important.
Whether good or bad, Perry left an impression on everyone he knew. No one who ever met Perry forgot him. It was not just because his name was unique, it was because he was an original.
Perry’s favorite band was AC/DC and he could do a better Angus Young impression than anyone on this planet. He loved hunting, fishing, playing basketball and drinking cold beer.
Some of you may have only known Perry when he was “partying.” Most of you will never know how polite he was (something all of us kids got from watching our mother), what a memory he had for history, how crazy he was for Kari, Damon and Hev, how much he missed Steve or how much he loved Mom and me. Don’t get me wrong, he was also infuriating and could make me madder than anyone ever has, and was lucky not to die by my hands years ago. But that’s how it is with brothers and sisters.
Life will never be the same without him. Just as it has not been the same in the 12 years since we lost Steve. The only thing that makes this OK is knowing that Steve will be waiting for him and that someday up on that hill in Springville we will all be together and our circle will be unbroken again.