Marshall L. Meadors Obituary, Death Cause – On May 25, 2023, Marshall L. (Jack) Meadors, Jr., who served as a Bishop in the United Methodist Church, passed away. Bishop Meadors was the son of Sarah Lucius and Marshall L. (Jack) Meadors, and he was born on January 1, 1933 in Kingstree, South Carolina. He received his early education in Florence. He received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and his graduate degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
He was awarded honorary degrees by Wofford College, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Millsaps University, and Rocky Mountain College. On August 16, 1958, he was given the ordination of elder in The United Methodist Church. Union Church in Stockbridge, Georgia; the McBee Charge; Trinity in North Myrtle Beach; Berea Friendship in Greenville; First Church in Marion; St. John’s in Anderson; the Columbia District; and Buncombe Street in Greenville were some of the congregations that he ministered to.
His election as bishop took place in 1992, and he was given responsibility over the Mississippi region. In 2000, he took his retirement. His involvement in the community includes serving as a board member on the Anderson County District 5 School Board, a post to which he was elected in the general elections on two separate occasions. Following his appointment to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging by Governor Richard Riley, he was subsequently named to the South Carolina Commission on Aging, which he chaired for a period of five years. The governor, Riley, bestowed upon him “The Order of the Palmetto.”
He served as the president of the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, which was an organization of religious leaders who sought to promote tolerance and understanding in diverse communities. He served as a trustee at Emory University in addition to his roles as a member of the University Senate, Director of the General Board of Church and Society, Director of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and Director of the General Board of Church and Society. Between the years 1995 and 2000, he presided over the Council of Bishop’s Initiative on Children and Poverty.
In 1999, he was a member of the team that traveled to Belgrade under the leadership of Reverend Jesse Jackson to negotiate the release of three American soldiers who had been taken prisoner during the NATO bombing. After that, he and his wife Hannah led a group to Macedonia to tour refugee camps and to Kosovo to examine the war damage in Pristina and the neighboring towns. Both countries were stops on the delegation.