Obituary: Remembering state Rep. John Meadows,  R-Calhoun. Calling hours, funeral services set for Saturday at Calhoun First Baptist Church.

Obituary: Remembering state Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun. Calling hours, funeral services set for Saturday at Calhoun First Baptist Church.

 

Georgia State Rep. John Dudley Meadows, III, age 74, of Calhoun, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at his residence.

John was born on Aug. 28, 1944, in Gordon County to the late John Dudley Meadows Jr. and Doris Esther Scott “Scottie” Meadows.

John was a graduate of Calhoun High School, Class of 1962, and attended West Georgia College. He served on the City Council for 16 years, and of 13 of those years, he was the mayor of Calhoun. He continued his political career by representing Gordon County in the Georgia House of Representatives District 5. He has maintained this position since 2004. He was chairman of the House Rules Committee. He also served on multiple committees including the following: Labor Committee, Insurance Committee, Retirement Committee, and Game, Fish and Parks Committee. John was a member of Calhoun First Baptist Church, and was owner and operator alongside his son, B.J. of Northwest Georgia Benefits. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

John is survived by: his wife, Marie Knight Meadows; son, B.J. Meadows and his wife Cindy; daughter, Missy Richards; two brothers, Scott Meadows and his wife Judy, and Michael Meadows and his wife Patti all of Calhoun; three grandchildren, Will Meadows, Patrick Meadows, and Max Richards.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. at Calhoun First Baptist Church with Dr. Bert Vaughn and Dr. John Barber officiating. Interment will follow in Fain Cemetery with military rites.

Pallbearers serving include: Cliff Meadows, Ashley Williams, Jason Holland, Brandon Reese, Michael Meadows and Tommy Prather.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at Calhoun First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of John, be made to the Boys and Girls Club at 10001 S. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 30701.

Thomas Funeral Home, Calhoun.

 


State Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, has died. The AJC reports the House Rules Committee chairman died following a battle with stomach cancer. (AJC)

Meadows just won a new term last week, defeating Democratic challenger Brian Rosser 12,914 to 2,919. The district includes parts of Gordon and Murray counties. A special election likely will recalled to pick his replacement before the start of the General Assembly in January.

According to his biography the state House website:

John Meadows added the title of Georgia State Representative to his résumé following his November 2004 election. The six-term legislator is proudly serving his constituents in House District 5, covering Gordon and Murray Counties.

A strong desire to be involved in the future of his community and a longing to pay them back for what they have given him and his family led him to his most recent role in the Georgia General Assembly. He
currently serves as Chairman of the House Rules Committee. Chairman Meadows also has membership on the Governmental Affairs, Industry and Labor, Insurance, Retirement, and
Game, Fish, & Parks Committees.

Originally from Calhoun, Georgia, Meadows went on to attend West Georgia College. Prior to his lawmaking duties on the House Floor, he served as the Mayor of Calhoun for 13 years
as well as a member of the Calhoun City Council for three years. Meadows is currently employed as an Insurance Salesman at Starr-Matthews Agency Inc.

His community and civic involvement includes membership in the Society of CLU, CHFC, NAIFA and the Northwest Georgia Association of Health Underwriters. He served as the
President of the Georgia Municipal Association from 1995-1996 and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp.

The avid golfer and his wife Marie are the proud parents of two children, B.J. and Missy, and grandfather of twin boys – Will and Patrick born in May 2005 and Maxwell Scott Richards
born in August 2014.

FROM THE GEORGIA HOUSE

Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced that State Rep. John Meadows (R-Calhoun) passed away today. Rep. Meadows was Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee.
“My dear friend John was a great man – brave Marine, loving father and adoring grandfather,” said Speaker Ralston. “He loved his family with total devotion. His public service, both as a Marine and a State Representative, was grounded in trying to ensure his children and grandchildren saw a better tomorrow.
“John was outwardly fierce and courageous but he was, at the same time, one of the kindest and most generous souls you have ever met. There aren’t words to describe the magnitude of this loss for our House of Representatives or the State of Georgia, and my heart is simply broken under the weight of this sad news.
“My heart goes out to John’s family – particularly his beloved wife Marie, his children B.J. and Missy, and his grandsons Will, Patrick, and Max.”
Rep. Meadows was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in November 2004 and represented the residents of Murray and Gordon Counties. In addition to chairing the Rules Committee, he also served on the Governmental Affairs, Industry and Labor, Insurance, Retirement, and Game, Fish, & Parks Committees.
Prior to his election to the House, he served as the Mayor of Calhoun for 13 years as well as a member of the Calhoun City Council for three years.
He spent his professional career in the insurance industry and proudly served the United States in the Marine Corps. A native of Calhoun, Rep. Meadows attended West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia).

 

REMEMBRACES

From the Gordon County Commission:

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners and staff join our community in mourning the loss of State Representative John Meadows. Rep. Meadows played a vital role in shaping our community and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends

From Gordon County Schools:

Gordon County Schools joins our community in mourning the loss of State Representative and Gordon County icon, John Meadows. Rep. Meadows did so much for the community, our schools, and the state. Our prayers are with the family and friends of this tremendous public servant.

From the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce:

The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce–its leadership, its staff and its members–are saddened by the loss of State Representative John D. Meadows, who passed away overnight. He meant so very much to so very many for so very long.

From Coosa River Basic Initiative:

Sad news from Calhoun. A true advocate for clean water, Chairman John Meadows will be greatly missed. Chairman Meadows was recognized for his work on behalf of clean water during the inaugural Georgia Water Coalition Clean 13 awards earlier this year. He died this week after a long battle with cancer. CRBI offers its condolences to his family.

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