Richmond P. “Rick” Meadows, 1950-2014

Richmond Pearson “Rick” Meadows, 63, of Cabot passed away June 16, 2014, at his home after a brief illness. 

Born in Tupelo, Miss., on June 22, 1950, Rick was the son of the late Elizabeth Pearson and William Holmes Meadows. He was a graduate of Central High School in Memphis, Tenn., and received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1978. Rick married Harriet Norris of Batesville in 1978, and they have resided in Cabot since 1984. 

Rick was the first entrepreneurial insurance agent for AAA in the state of Arkansas, and ran that business for over 20 years. In recent years, in addition to continuing his relationship with AAA, he served as a part-time local United Methodist pastor, first at Cabot United Methodist Church, and later at Ward United Methodist Church and Sixteenth Section United Methodist Church. 

In addition to being an avid runner and an enthusiastic fan of the Cabot Panthers, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Atlanta Braves, he coached 3rd through 6th grade girls basketball through the Cabot Parks and Recreation Program for a number of years. He also was an active member of the Lions Club of Cabot and the Civil War Roundtable. 

In addition to his wife, Harriet, he is survived by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Cowart and her husband, David, of Shreveport, La.; and his brother, William H. Meadows and his wife, Sally, of Washington, D.C. 

Rick was a gregarious and caring friend to many people. His caring spirit also extended to the earth and its creatures, as exemplified by his committed recycling and his rescue, adoption and faithful oversight of their pets, from their Arabian show horses to strays who happened by. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, at Cabot United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andrew Kjorlaug presiding, assisted by the Rev. Ray Vining. Burial followed at Old Austin Cemetery in Ward. Pallbearers were Ken Bextermueller, John Call, David Fredricks, John Mark Goings, Mark Goings, Brad Hill, Holbert Hill, Greg Logan, Zac Norman, Joe Pruett and Matt Webber.