Created by the children of William and Joyce – Ann M. Wells and J. William “Bill” Meador, this fund is to help provide encouragement, inspiration, and support to individuals or groups who seek to engage in lifelong learning for personal and/or professional reasons and whose ultimate goal is to serve others through their learning.
With roots that run deep through Summers County, Will and Joyce Meador became grounded in the value of the golden rule, fairness, and hard work. Children of the Great Depression, their parents were respected citizens and entrepreneurs; their ancestors were railroaders, farmers, educators, civic leaders, local church founders, and some of the earliest European settlers in what is today Summers County. As a very young boy, Will worked with his widowed mother at the William Meador Grocery Store in Hinton. Joyce’s first teaching job as a graduate of WVU was at the two room Meadow Creek School and after family responsibilities she returned to teaching in adult and remedial education. The Meador family values—faith in God, family, community, equality, and opportunity and the significance of reputation, resilience, and resourcefulness—were the impetus for this fund.