James “Jim” M. Meadors Jr. was born May 23, 1929, and died Dec. 9, 2018.

Jim Meadors, the son of Son and Stella Meadors was born in Alma. He graduated from Alma High School, then attended John Brown University and graduated from College of the Ozarks while serving as pastor to the Lamar Methodist Church. During this time, in 1951, Jim married Ella Mae Odom of Lamar, a marriage of 67 years. Jim received his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and during this time was the pastor of Bellevue Methodist Church in Bellevue, Texas.

Jim was the pastor of many different churches all over the North Arkansas Annual Conference. He was conference secretary for many years. Jim served twice as district superintendent and was the director of the council office for the North Arkansas Conference. Jim was also a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference.

Jim and Ella Mae had two sons, James M. Meadors III (Dianne) and Stephen O. Meadors. They have five grandchildren, Trevor, Cory (Alyson), Tyler (Lindsay), Ranzie and Kathlynn. Jim and Ella Mae have five great-grandchildren.

The memorial service for Jim Meadors will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Goddard United Methodist Church.