Charlie Meeks was raised in the Upland area and graduated from Jefferson High School. He has been a Marion resident since 1990. Meeks made a lifelong career in skilled trade at General Motors (1969−2000).
Since retirement, Meeks has been using his skills in working with his hands to help others with projects while many times teaching them the skill. He has fixed roof leaks, plumbing problems, has remodeled rooms, and much more, receiving zero payment in return.
Next-door neighbor, Jeff Clark, said Meeks has done more than one project for his household. “Charlie has the skill to tackle any project, but his greatest trait is the generosity he displays in using his skills; though he is helpful to many, he never does it for attention or pay.”
Newer homeowner and neighbor, Connor Owen, said, “I’ve shown up to his house to borrow a tool or ask for advice, and he jumps up and comes to help. And by help, Charlie does most of the work and talks me through everything so I’ll know how to do it next time.” Owen added that Meeks even paid for the materials in doing a wainscoting project for his family’s new nursery as a gift to them.
Another grateful neighbor, Roger Younce, added, “Every time I’m working on something, Charlie shows up ready to help. I’ve never met a person who finds more enjoyment in helping others. I always know that he’s going to teach me a new skill, and that we are going to laugh the whole time.”
Meeks has also tackled many improvement projects for his church, Grace Community.
Those who receive Meeks’ help know to also thank his wife, Marlene, who is patient and supportive of him, and shares his generous spirit.
Meeks said he’s been blessed with handy skills and is grateful he is still able to apply them. “I wasn’t great in school, but could work with my hands. When I get out of my comfort zone and do something myself, it’s an accomplishment. I also try to teach others and encourage them to also get out of their comfort zone in learning new skills.”