John Louie Meadows

August 15, 2018

John Louie Meadows age 94 of Scottsboro passed away August 15, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Glenda Meadows; children, John Blake (Kelly) Meadows, Judy (Steve) Hamlet, Beth (Benny) Bulman, and Jane Meadows Jones; grandchildren, Sarah Marouane, Amy Clark, Megan Green, John Price Hamlet, and David Jones; 7 great grandchildren; brothers, Jay and Henry Meadows. He was preceded by his parents, William Miles and Maudie Ethel Meadows; brother, Willie Meadows; sister, Kathy Cordova. Visitation will be Saturday from 11-2 and the funeral will be 2 PM Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Scottsboro. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions bemade to the Samaritans Purse or St. Jude’s. Following the funeral the family will not process to the cemetery due to possible bad weather they will be meeting at the Trinity Baptist Church.

Coach Meadows grew up in Morgan County and attended Falkville High School where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He graduated as valedictorian of his class and entered the US Army Air Corps (now US Air Force) during World War II and served six years.After the war, he enrolled at Jacksonville State where he played football and made the Little All-American team as wide receiver. He graduated from JSU in 1951 and married his college sweetheart, Glenda Blake.Coach Meadows started coaching as an assistant football coach at Cullman High School and served there for three years. He then coached at Hanceville High School as head coach from 1955 to 1957 with a record of 17-2-1 and went undefeated in 1955.Coach Meadows then moved to Gordo High School as head coach from 1957 to 1959 with another undefeated team in 1957 and a record of 16-1-2.Coach then was hired at Scottsboro High School in 1959 and coached for seven years with undefeated teams in 1960 and 1965. The 1965 team won the Associated Press Class 3A State Championship. His record at Scottsboro was 55-9-5. Scottsboro honored Coach Meadows with the naming of the Meadows-Morris Field House in 2012.In 1966, Coach Meadows went to S. R. Butler High School in Huntsville and coached there until 1979. At Butler his teams won 94 games and was state 4A runner-up in 1967 and 1971. His record at Butler was 94-34-1.In 1979, Coach Meadows coached at the new Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee until 1989. His record there was 87-27-6 with a Class AAA Tennessee State Championship in 1982 in addition to five state playoffs and several bowl games. The Lincoln County stadium is now named the Meadows-Thompson Stadium after Coach Meadows and Coach Louis Thompson.Coach Meadows retired from head coaching in 1979 and continued to act as a coaching consultant for Lee High School in Huntsville, Trousdale County High School in Tennessee, and Giles County High School in Tennessee.Coach Meadows was named to the Jacksonville State University Hall of Fame (Class of 1986), Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame (1989 Inaugural Class), the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the Pickens County Athletic Hall of Fame (1995), the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame (2004) and the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame (2015). He was named coach of the year in Alabama five times, in Tennessee twice, and Tri-State (Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia) Coach of the Year in 1960.
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