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Robert "Bob" D.C. Meeker Jr.

May 27, 1942 — May 12, 2024

Tar Heel

Robert "Bob" D.C. Meeker Jr.

United States Marine Corps, North Carolina Highway Patrol and Retired Bladen County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Dewitt Clinton Meeker Jr., 81, of Tar Heel left his earthly home and stepped into his heavenly home on Sunday, May 12, 2024.  

Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years Bonnie B. Meeker, brother James B. Meeker (Cindy) and two sisters, Pamela M. Thye (Renka), and Caroline N. Sidnam. Bob was born in New York City on May 27, 1942, and was preceded in death by his father Robert Dewitt Clinton Meeker Sr. and his mother Shirley Steinman Meeker (Katzenbach). 


Mr. Meeker spent his entire career in the field of service. He served in the United States Marine Corps before starting his Law Enforcement career with the Greenville Police Department. In 1969 Bob became a North Carolina Highway Patrol where he served for 10 years. In September of 1979, Lieutenant Meeker found his home with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office where he started as a Deputy before moving to a reserve position with the office. Bob gave 28 years of service to the citizens of Bladen County before retiring in 2007 at the rank of Lieutenant. He loved being in law enforcement and served 40 years and said “If possible I would have loved to serve another 40 years.”


Bob served as a Board Emeritus for The MAYDAY Fund since its inception in 1992. The MAYDAY Fund is dedicated to alleviating the incidence, degree and consequence of human physical pain. Bob was passionate about the North Carolina Zoological Park and its advancement of the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. His interest was  in the NC Zoo’s art collection as well as connecting people with wildlife. His interest can be found throughout the NC Zoo.  His dedication to wildlife conservation left a legacy enhancing the Zoo and all people of North Carolina.


In 2009 Bob was awarded “The Old North State Award” by Governor Beverly Perdue for dedication and service beyond expectation and excellence to the state of North Carolina. He believed that every day of your life – even the most challenging times, you stand up when others stay seated, speak up while others remain silent and prove that it is possible to make a difference.


Bob was an exceptional man and loved by many. To know him was to love him. He was always there to lend an ear or a hand or help you achieve your goals. Some have remarked “Bob was a huge part of who I am today” and “He did things to help Bladen County Law Enforcement, EMS, Rescue and Fire Departments.” He was a very humble, kind, man of his word, always smiling, and always helping people.  


Bob and Bonnie spent 43 glorious years together. The special bond they shared was one you can only dream of. You could often hear them say as they departed “little bit” because they were never separated long before being reunited together again.

BOB LIVED TO SERVE. His achievements have left an indelible mark on us and the world. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made to White Oak Baptist Church, White Oak Family Worship Center or your favorite charity.

Addresses for donations:

White Oak Baptist Church, Post Office Box 296 White Oak, NC 28399 and White Oak Family Worship Center, 1932 Burney Road White Oak, NC 28399.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 from 1-1:45 pm at the White Oak Baptist Church Gym Learning Center in White Oak followed by a funeral service at 2 pm with the Reverend Warren Hill officiating. Burial will follow the services in the White Oak Family Worship Center Cemetery.
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