Meredith Lumpkin Marchant

January 28, 2024

CHARLOTTE – Meredith Lumpkin Marchant died on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Atrium Health Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC.  She was born on May 16, 1939, in Atlanta, GA, the oldest daughter of Mary McNeely and J. Paul Lumpkin, but grew up in Charlotte where she attended public schools. Meredith spent her freshman and sophomore years at Myers Park High School and junior and senior years at St. Mary's Junior College (now St. Mary's School) in Raleigh, NC.

Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) in 1961.  She loved her four years there and made treasured, lifelong friends during that time.  She was a Gamma and a member of Chi Omega Sorority, having been elected president the end of her junior year.

Meredith was a member of The Charlotte Assembly, The Junior League of Charlotte and Christ Episcopal Church where she once served on the Vestry.  Three of her favorite jobs were working at Christ Church in the financial office, working at Reinhardt and Associates as a financial planner and, later, at Black Forrest Books, all jobs where she made lifelong friends.  She greatly enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong with friends, both old and new. 

Meredith is survived by her daughter, Mary McNeely Marchant and her husband, Andrew Hibner; her son, Wood Marchant and his wife, Laura Lee Kinney Marchant; twin grandchildren, Will and Anna Liles Marchant; her younger sister, Paula Lumpkin Pilgrim and niece, Rollins Pilgrim Caglioni and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at Christ Episcopal Church.  The family will receive friends following the service in The Blue Room.  The service will be livestreamed at: for those unable to attend in person.

Memorials may be offered in memory of Meredith to Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503 or Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 or the Collegiate Recovery Program at the College of Charleston ( or a charity of donor’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Mary Rinehart

    Meredith was a long time friend and the first person i hired at Rinehart Financial Services. She was the best person in so many ways. I could trust her completely and she was such a good friend to so many people. She knew everybody and always had nice things to say about people and most situations. I was unable to be at her service because we now live in Florida but i wanted her children to know how much I honored her and that Bruce and I send our love to them and Paula. She adored her children and Grandchildren , so special to her. We shall all miss her. We were at MYers Park grammar schools together. A long time ago!!

  • Betsy Earnhardt

    Meredith was such a strong, funny, fun woman. I always enjoyed her company. I was very fortunate to be able to get to know her over the past 10+ years. She was such a very special lady.

  • Phil Johnston

    Dear Wood, Jamie, my daughter and your lifelong friend, and I have shared ribbons of memories about your dear mother whom we all loved as our classmate at Myers Park and saw many times while she was at Randolph Macon at picnics at the Mint Museum. She was always one of the most liked in Charlotte in those carefree days. Simple times with not so simple people. And she was one of the bright lights.. Almighty God has just received into his heavenly presence one of our very favorite friends.

  • “T” Glenn

    I grew up visiting with Meredith with my family after church. I ran into her a few years ago at Brick Tops in Charlotte with my sister Pebbles. It was a wonderful treat and I treasure the encounter. Be at peace. T

  • Cindy Skinner

    My heart truly goes out to the family. Although I’ve only known Ms. Meredith a little while, she filled my days & my life with a lot of laughter. I enjoyed every moment we shared together even if some of them, were during times she wasn’t at her best. During our days together , I was fortunate enough to have long, deep, meaningful conversations with her & hear about her growing up, her travels, her art on the walls, & her college days. ( Big smiles & laughs thru it all) I watched her with her friends & how she loved & cared about them. Her family meant everything to her & her face always lit up when she talked about them. Ms. Meredith was a beautiful lady inside & out & I will truly miss her. My thoughts & prayers go out to all that knew & loved her. I know I did. Til we meet again Ms. Meredith…keep smiling….. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Mary Wyche Lesesne

    Dear family of Meredith(Merd). She was just the best pal, roommate and friend ever We shared many crazy, funny, happy times at RM and then at all our reunions! I don’t think we missed one! She will remain in my thoughts and prayers always… a beloved friend. Mary Wyche

  • Blake Leggett

    I’m just so sorry for your loss, Mary and Wood. I have more fond memories of you and your mom and playing at your house than I can count. Your mom was gracious enough to open her door to me even when I invited myself over, which was quite often. Sending you so much love.