John Edward Meadows, Sr.
Mr. John Edward Meadows, Sr. passed away on August 26, 2017 at his home in Gosnell. He was born on July 3, 1933 in Blytheville to Jamies Earl Meadows and Edna Eiline Bowles Meadows. He was a licensed journeyman painter, specializing in commercial properties but also engaged in house painting.
Mr. Meadows was a cook while serving in the U.S. Navy and he continued to practice his cooking skills after leaving the Navy. His specialty was grilling, but he could cook anything and he could cook it GOOD! He even made his own barbeque sauce. One rule he had was: no one else in the kitchen!
He loved to fish, he enjoyed watching the Razorbacks and he spent many hours playing Slotomania on the computer. He played the lottery and often won, sometimes big money on the $5 tickets. He liked Fox News and he watched CNN news but violently disagreed with its content and he would become very angry at the newscasters.
A grandson said that he was the strongest man He’s ever known. His children said that he was stubborn, headstrong, and opinionated, but they also said that he was a great father. He was a teddy bear when it came to his grandchildren. They called him “Paw-Paw.” He enjoyed working, and his family had to make him stop when it became clear that he was no longer able.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Louise Meadows.
He is survived by his children, John Edward Meadows, Jr. (and Tanya) of Lake City, James Allen Meadows, Sr. (and Dee Anna) of Hughes Springs, Texas and Cynthia LuJenia Riley (and Michael) of Gosnell;
Nine grandchildren, Sabrina Marie Taylor, Alexis Meadows, James Allen Meadows, Jr., Joshua Lee Meadows, John Edward Meadows, III, Alina Meadows, Anthony Meadows, Tomas Mikel Meadows and Amber Dawn Mastowski;
13 great grandchildren;
Two great-great grandchildren;
Two brothers, Ronnie Shaneyfelt and Cecil Shaneyfelt;
A brother-in-law, Mike Loakimedes;
A special friend, John Byrd;
His dog, Ginger; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Carney Cemetery, 1501 Byrum Rd., Blytheville, with Dr. Tommy Carney officiating.
Condolences may be offered at www.carneyfuneralhome.com