George William Meacham Jr.
George William Meacham, Jr., “Meach” was born on March 24, 1924. He was the oldest son born to proud parents, George and Sadie Meacham in Aiken, South Carolina. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Aiken. He continued his faith and belief in God throughout his life and before leaving the house, would always kneel to pray and read from his Bible.
After attending Hampton University, George enlisted in the United States Army, where he proudly served his country overseas in World War II.
Upon leaving the military in 1946, George returned to Aiken, South Carolina where he met the lovely Zemma Mae who was there teaching. When Zemma moved to San Francisco to be closer to her sister, George followed his heart and moved to San Francisco one year later. They continued their courtship and married on February 6, 1949 in San Francisco and were later blessed with two loving daughters, Ora Jean and Lily.
George began working for the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a Letter Carrier. He was loved by those on his various routes in Chinatown and the Financial District of San Francisco and was considered family by many.
George had an entrepreneurial spirit and upon retirement from USPS founded Meacham Janitorial Service whereby he was able to help many young men learn skills and become gainfully employed. Among his ﬁrst clients was Herrero Builders, San Francisco. “George is the most trustworthy and longest reigning employee of Herrero including those named Herrero” – Rick Herrero. George truly relished his many years at Herrero and considered them his second family.
Meach was a devoted father who picked up his daughters everyday from school with a handmade snack or a stop at a bakery or corner store. He was very proud of his family and the many accomplishments of his grandchildren. He loved spending time with them and their friends, the interactions kept him young and laughing. He also had a great interest and passion for history, civics and politics, loved discussing current events and read the newspaper and watched either CNN or MSNBC daily to keep abreast of the news.
George was a quiet, unassuming and genuine man who was the “real deal”, there was no pretense! He believed in supporting his family and provided a wonderful memorable life. He believed in family and would pack up his family to travel down south every summer to visit his wife’s family and then continue to South Carolina, Maryland and New York to visit his family.
George was someone that helped everyone and felt that God blessed him beyond measure. George loved helping people and would always offer assistance and seemed to become upset if he was turned down, “If I Can Help Somebody Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain”, is a true testament of George’s spirit. Meach was fun-loving with a wonderful sense of humor that kept everyone in stitches. His wit, and worldly wisdom was cherished by all who knew him and will truly be missed.
George Meacham was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Zemma Mae, his parents, George and Sadie Meacham; sisters, Mertis Meacham, Marcelle Eversley and Selitha Menefee (Michael); sister-in-law, Lillie Hill (Claude); brother-in-law, Rev. Dr. Robert C. Thomas. He leaves to cherish his memory two loving daughters, Ora Williams (Benjamin) of Oakland, CA, Lily O’Toole (Michael) of Rohnert Park, CA, three grandchildren, Wade Littlejohn of San Francisco, CA, Tiffany Littlejohn (Bryan Thompson) of North Hollywood, CA, and Ashley O’Toole of Rohnert Park, CA, “son”, Kevin Marine of San Francisco, CA; brother, Allen Meacham, Sr., sister, Cassandra Meacham; sister-in-law, Juanita Thomas; nieces, Ronita Johnson (John), Kelesha Martin (Wayne), Sonja Menefee, Kecia Willis (Anthony); nephews Rev. Dr. Robert Thomas (Susan); Allen Meacham, Jr. (Deborah), Dr. Michael Menefee, Rev. Darin G. Freeman (Adriann); as well as a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, a large number of extended family members and many friends.