NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Bro. Roy “Gabby” Meadows, Sr., 81, of North Tazewell, Va., passed away Thursday, October 18, 2007 at his home surrounded by is loving family.

He was born in Coldan, Va., and was the son of the late Robert E. and Ruthi Griffith Meadows. He was a retired Coal miner and was a Minister for 34 years at the Middle Creek Advent Christian Church. He was a member of the UMWA Local No. 7327 of Jewell Valley, Va., and was a life time resident of the area.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ermil T. and Arnold B. Meadows; his sister Mary Pruitt; one son, Lonnie Ray Meadows; and a son-in-law Elmer Lee Brown.

Those who remain to carry on his spirit are: Loving wife Dorothy Kinder Meadows of North Tazewell, Va.; Sons: Roy Herbert Jr. Meadows and wife Shelia of Horton Ridge, Va., Gregory David Meadows and wife Tracy of Jewell Ridge Va., Donnie Wade Meadows and wife Linda of Jewell Ridge, Va.; Daughters, Kathy Meadows Brown of Jewell Ridge, Va., Geraldine Meadows Sparks and husband Randy of Jewell Ridge, Va., Donna Meadows McClanahan and husband Tony of Tazewell, Va.; Sisters: Emily Street and husband Dillo of Pounding Mill, Va., Ruth Strouth of Big Creek, Va.; Brother, James Meadows of Jewell Ridge, Va.; Special Friend and step-daughter: Shelby Girard of Roanoke, Va. Also surviving him are 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Bro. Roy “Gabby” Meadows will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home Chapel in Richlands, Va., with the Rev. Don Elswick and Rev. Adam Frye officiating. Interment will follow at the Fox Memorial Cemetery at Reynolds Ridge near Jewell Ridge, Va. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Jonathan Brown, Nathan Brown, Randy Sparks, Jr., J.D. Sparks, Bradley Meadows, Derrick Lawson, Kevin Meadows, Brandon Lawson, Donnie Meadows and David Hayes. Honorary pallbearers will be sons-in-laws and grandsons-in-laws. Friends may call Saturday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Hurst Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Virginia is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at

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