OBITUARY

Hurshel Meares

October 1, 1924July 16, 2021

Hurshel "Coach" Meares, 96, passed away on July 16, 2021. He was born in Jacksonville, FL on Oct. 1, 1924 to Hurshel Meares and May Purcell Meares. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Rita Joan Hay Meares. He is survived by one brother, Larry Meares; four daughters, Cindy Littlefield (Craig), Cheryl Kees (Jim), Jan Dardenne (Tommy-deceased), Joan McMorris (Terry), nine grandchildren; Robby Field, Lalie Edgecombe, Blayne Coupel, Ian Smith, Jennifer McKinney-Gillord, Leah Mason, Kali Verzone, Daniel Kees, Rachael Flores, 16 great-grands, and 3 great-great grands. He graduated from Istrouma High and Southeastern LA Univ playing football for both. He received his Masters from LSU. He was a Marine in WWII in the Philippines and China. He taught in EBR schools at Brookstown, Istrouma High, Baker High, Glenoaks High, and Prescott for 27 years. He worked for Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local 198 during summers and holidays and served 3 terms as their financial secretary. He also refereed football and basketball during both careers until he was 71, and was inducted into the LA Assn of Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. He worked for Triad Electric until he was 90 as a shop hand. He was an inventor, known for the Sacrowedgy (a back aid) and was a member of Oakcrest Baptist Church. He loved music, dancing, telling jokes as well as his amazing life stories. He took up and enjoyed snow skiing late in life, and never stopped inventing to fulfill his passion and the legacy he leaves for helping others. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 20 at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Visitation will resume on Wednesday from 2:00 until a funeral service at 4:00 pm. Interment will be at Greenoaks Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his favorite charity, Shriner's Children Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Memories

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Jay Dardenne

July 20, 2021

Very sorry to learn of Coach Meares passing and regret that I cannot come by to pay my respects. I have great memories of his work as an official and as Rita's sidekick during our times together on the Muscular Dystrophy Association board. My condolences to Cheryl, Jim and the rest of the family.

Kali McKinney-Verzone

July 20, 2021

I remember catching my granddad sneaking in his bedroom while Christmas festivities were going on and I followed him back there. His gifts were always left on the bed for later. When I walked in he was sitting on the bed with some ginger snaps someone had got for him. We sat there and talked and ate ginger snaps for about an hour before someone found me. That was one of my favorite memories with him. You will be missed granddad. 💞

John Adams

July 20, 2021

Coach Meares !!!!
Thank you is such meager words for what you did for many including me !
I knew you as coach at Baker High, as a referee with my Dad, J.D. Adams, and I.

I wish I had been able to say thank you, many, many years ago !

Fred Martin

July 19, 2021

Semper Fi Coach Meares.
He introduced me to the “board of education” at Istrouma High School a long time ago.
Everybody liked Coach Meares.
Rest In Peace.

Frances Fryoux

July 19, 2021

Coach Meares taught me in sixth grade at Brookstown. It was the year the school opened and he was my first male teacher. Later we lived down the street from his family. He was a good man and will be sorely missed. My love goes out to all his girls.

Toby Comeaux

July 19, 2021

I remember in Industrial Arts class, he had left to run an errand. While he was gone we started cutting up and throwing things at each other. He walked in the room just as I was about to throw something. I was the only one he caught. He gave me a choice of ratting out the others or taking a paddling for the class. Since a lot of the guys in the class were on the football team with me and we were having practice that afternoon, I decided to take the paddling.

Toby Comeaux

July 19, 2021

He was my coach at Prescott Jr. High and my Industrial Arts teacher. I had and still have a lot of respect for him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY