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Benjamin Cole Meade

March 12, 1983 — May 11, 2016

Benjamin Cole Meade, 33, beloved father, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of May 11, 2016. He is survived by Belinda Jarrell, and their two children, Leah Marie Meade, 3, and Thomas Walter Meade, 1. Also surviving him are his mother and father, Tracy M. Meade of Charlottesville and Barry E. Meade of Troy, his younger brother, John W. Meade, his grandmother, Lorraine S. Meade, and a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Ben spent his free time with his family and was passionately engaged in the lives of his children. He was a graduate of Fluvanna County High School and later VCU, where he majored in Communications. Growing up in Greene County and later Fluvanna, Ben made lifelong friendships, developed an appreciation for all types of music, the band Nirvana being his favorite, and enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, and football. He had an encyclopedic sports memory, was a die-hard Cowboys fan, and won his fantasy football league for the past two years. Ben shared his passion for literature with his beloved Leah and Thomas by reading them nightly bedtime stories.

A service to celebrate Ben’s life will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home 12819 Spotswood Trail, Ruckersville, VA 22968, followed by a reception at Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren on Cedar Grove Rd.

The family invites those who would like to share stories and photos of Ben to do so at the service or to send them to

If you wish to make a donation either to the Louisa County Volunteer Rescue Squad or a charity of your choice in Ben’s name, it would be greatly appreciated.

An online guestbook is available at

Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling the arrangements.
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