Coastland Times publisher Francis Meekins dies

By on June 24, 2010

Francis Warren Meekins Sr., editor and publisher of The Coastland Times, died Wednesday at his home in Sunnyside on Roanoke Island. 

Born in Mooresville on June 14, 1933, he was the son of the late D. Victor Meekins and the late Catherine Deaton Meekins of Sunnyide.

He will be remembered for his love of North Carolina and its people, especially of Dare County and the Walter Raleigh coastland. He was involved in local real estate, and was a familiar sight at auctions.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia H. Meekins of the home; daughters, Susan M. Simpson of Manteo and Holly M. Williams and husband, Harry, of Inez; a son, F. Warren Meekins Jr. and wife, Beverly, of Manteo; a sister, Mary Blanche Harwell and husband, Boyce, of Manteo; a brother, Roger P. Meekins and wife, Celia, of Manteo; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two grandsons.

The family invites those who wish to attend to a graveside service Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Meekins Family Cemetery, Sunnyside, Roanoke Island.

Memorial donations may be made to the Roanoke Island Historical Association, Manteo, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


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