Varner Neal Meadows, age 94, of Calhoun, passed away Monday morning May 7th in Gordon Hospital.
Varner was born in Gordon County, October 12, 1923, son of the late Elias Meadows and Lula Belle Phillips Meadows. He was a member of the Union Grove Baptist Church. He dutifully served in the US Navy for 21 years as a decorated member in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a member of the Coosawattee Masonic Lodge #306, the Yaarab Shrine Temple, and other Masonic bodies.
Survivors include his wife; Georgie Smith Meadows, four children; Jason Meadows a 20-year firefighter of the Gordon County Fire Department and his wife Christy, Tim Hall a 3-year US Army veteran and his wife Keeva Hall, Debbie Thomas and her husband Dennis, and Ginger Crutcher all of Calhoun. Eight grandchildren; Jamie Rickett a 27- year veteran of the Georgia State Patrol, Crystal Payne, Jeremy Hall, Bobby Burnette, Rick Burnette, Kalee Meadows, Jacy Meadows, and Grace Crutcher. Three Great-Grandchildren, Montana Payne, Bleu Rickett, and Katelen Rickett and one great, great grandchild, Hunter Payne; one brother in law, Robert Smith of Calhoun and one sister in law, Rosa Smith of Calhoun. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday May 9th at 2pm from the Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Alexander and Rev. David Baker officiating. Tammy and Charles Freeman will have charge of music. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Rev. Donald Collums in charge of graveside services. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the Dalton American Legion.
Pallbearers serving will include; Navy personnel, Byron Meadows, Jamie Rickett, and Bleu Rickett.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 until 7pm. The Meadows Family will gather at Thomas Funeral Home at 12:30 pm Wednesday and process to Union Grove Baptist Church.
You may send condolences to the family at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com
Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral services for Varner Neal Meadows.