This week we lost one of those Iconic Frederick Residents. Roy Meachum passed away at the age of 89. Roy was a columnist for the Frederick News Post. Roy was a very bombastic in his writing, he loved to go after politicians ( Katzenjammer Kids comes to mind) that he didn’t agree with.
After a few years of disagreeing with Roy’s writing on the air. I got a chance to meet him. He called me and wanted me to come to his house.I agreed, when I got there he wanted to know how I got a story that was pretty big that he didn’t know about. He hated somebody scooping him. We became friends and were friends every sense.
Roy did movies reviews for the station for a couple of years. He was the Worst, He had really no clue who certain stars were. He didn’t always remember what he saw. But that became funny moments.
If you ever saw Roy in Frederick he was at the end of a leash with his best friend Pushkin. I am sure Pushkin was waiting for Roy with his leash in his mouth to go for another walk on streets paved with gold.
RIP Roy Meachum
Roy Neal Meachum, Jr., 89, of Sykesville, formerly of Frederick, MD, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Constant Care at Winfield.
Born on October 18, 1928 in Monroe, LA, he was the son of the late Roy N. and Ora Lee Meachum, Sr.
Roy attended Georgetown University and served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin air lift. He was a speech writer for First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson, and a foreign correspondent with the Washington Post. His vast career as a journalist saw him appear on both TV and Radio in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. He ended his career as a columnist with the Frederick News Post for 20 years. He loved traveling, watching movies, walking his dog, and was an avid reader.
Surviving are children, Thomas Meachum and wife Kari Ebeling of Westminster, Roy N. Meachum III of Washington, D.C., Susan Stonesifer and husband Rev. John Stonesifer of Silver Spring, and Michael Meachum of Alexandria, VA; and 6 grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis St., Westminster with the Rev. Kevin C. Clementson officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date in the Garrison Forest MD Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157 or to the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, 25 Union St., Westminster, MD 21157.