Meade Earl McCubbin went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 13th, 2016, one week shy of his 92nd birthday. Born in Glen Rock, Pa., on Nov. 20, 1924, Meade was the son of the late Stacey McCubbin and Estella Bush McCubbin.
He attended Washington Aircraft Trade School and worked briefly for American Airlines until he was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. During WWII, he was initially assigned to the VIP Squadron at LaGuardia Field, N.Y., then volunteered for service in North Africa where he became a flight engineer on C-54’s, shuttling combat troops from Casablanca to Natal, Brazil. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater service citation. Afterwards, he worked for American Airlines as a maintenance instructor and supervisor at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport until he retired in 1980. Meade also had success in real estate ventures in northern Virginia. He was a member of Elmer Timberman Lodge No. 54 in Annandale, Va., the Kempsville Masonic Lodge #196 and the Khedive Shrine in Chesapeake.
Meade was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Gladfelter McCubbin in January of this year, and step-siblings Raymond Leber and Ethel Ryce. He is survived by daughters Donna Moulton (James) of Clifton, Va., and Ann Levis (Win) of Virginia Beach; grandchildren Jaclyn Bucknum (Bradford) of Philadelphia, Ryan Levis and Lindy Levis of Virginia Beach and Emily Hirscher (Nate), of Los Angeles; step-grandsons Jeffrey Moulton (Meghan) and Stacy Moulton (Andrea) and great-grandchildren Jack, Max, Owen and Ava. Meade is also survived by his brother, Stacy McCubbin (Lorraine) of West Chester, Ohio, and half-siblings Larry McCubbin (Alexis) of College Park, Md., and Nancy Bader (Charles) of Georgetown, Texas.
While residing in Burke, Va., Meade and Ruth attended Springfield United Methodist Church where Meade was an Assistant Treasurer, Sunday School teacher and Bethel Bible Series instructor. When Meade and Ruth retired to Atlantic Shores Retirement Community of Virginia Beach, they became active members of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church and the Agape Sunday School Class. Meade loved to golf, work on cars, could fix anything and volunteered with the Bike Ministry of The Potters House. He and Ruth enjoyed traveling the world, including spending some winters in Florida and southern Texas in their motor-home.
A memorial service will be held at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th St. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m.
The family would like to thank the staff at Atlantic Shores and Kings Grant House for their loving care of both Meade and Ruth in their final years. Memorial donations may be made to Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 Nineteenth St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 with “Potters House” or “Agape Sunday School Class” in the memo line.