January 29, 1947 – June 4, 2020
Rex Meadows, 73, of Bloomington, IN passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020. He was born January 29, 1947 in Bloomington, IN the son of the late Cornelius “C.J.” and Wilma Meadows. For many years he bravely battled diabetes and just a few short years ago he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and progressive supranuclear palsy. Sadly that forced him into assisted living. Even though he fought a hard fight in the end it was just too much. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Rex was the owner of Meadows Auto Sales and Meadows Farms and Stables, Inc. He raised Texas Longhorns, burros and horses. He was a Navy Vietnam Veteran who served on the U.S.S. Topeka and U.S.S. Larson. He enjoyed trail horse riding, any kind of auctions, corvettes, and spending time with his family and friends.
Rex is survived by his daughter, Hollie Staggs and her husband Paul; his sister, Rosalee Anderson; a granddaughter, Abbie Catherine Staggs; five nieces and nephews, JD Meadows, Jr., Regina Meadows, Jamie Rose Meadows, Devin Turpin, and Kevin Turpin; and a great niece, Clarice Genevive Jane Ann Meadows.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Dee Meadows; brother-in-law, Austin Turpin; brother-in-law, Norman Anderson; and sister-in-law, Genevive "Jenny" Woodward.
Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Don Ogle. Interment will follow at Little Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family would like to special thank you; Lisa Chaplin, Stephen Hale, Angie Gladson, Jeb Bond, Jessica “Bedford” Flynn, and the staff at Golden Living Center for all their love and support for Rex.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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June 22, 2020
Rex was such a strong, stubborn man. I loved that about him. He was a warrior. You could tell him to stop or slow down, or to ask for help, but he was insistent about doing things for himself. He always had a smile on his face and a good ear for talking to. He loved his family greatly. He and I would sometimes talk about the artwork he had from his granddaughter. His eyes would light up. He was an amazing person to know and It was an honor to call him friend.
June 10, 2020
Rex & I took many road trips together over the past 3 years. Sometimes to Indy or Martinsville. Sometimes around Bloomington. He would always have something to say about what was passing by outside the car’s window. He would see a place where he knew someone who raised horses or a place where he used to sell cars. Sometimes he would talk about things that are not there any more like the old high school. Lots of talk about driving cars to and from auctions. He would always remember exactly how much he paid and sold things for. He would also have strong opinions about the best route to take where ever we were going. One day we returned from Indy after a big storm. There was a very large snapping turtle in the front yard of the duplex. Rex was not happy about that but the turtle disappeared pretty quickly. Rex really liked ice cream.
June 9, 2020
Rex will be so missed. He was one of my best friends, he will never be forgotten. He gave me the name "Bedford" and he used to tell many stories of visiting Bedford. He loved my kids and granddaughter, they came to visit him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family (Holly, Rosalie)-he loved you so much!
June 9, 2020
Dearest Rosalee, so sorry to read of your dear brothers passing, I pray that the Lord places His comforting hands on you and your family.
June 8, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to Rosalee and Holly, as well as the rest of Rex’s family.
During our younger days, I spent an awful lot of fun times with Rex and All of the family. He was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. Sorry to say it’s been a long time since I had seen Rex, but I thought of him often. He was never far from my mind
and I will love and miss my friend Always.
Peggy Gudal Newton
June 8, 2020
Rosalee, so very sorry about Rex. I know how very close you were. I had a dear friend , die from that Supernuclear Palsey It is a horrible disease. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Love , Peggy
June 7, 2020
I knew Rex Meadows in business and as a trusted friend for more than 35 years, and this is what I truly know about William Rex Meadows.
First and foremost, Rex adored and cherished his lovely daughter Hollie, beautiful granddaughter Abbie and always spoke highly of his son-in-law Paul.
Rex loved his sister Rosalee without end and joyfully shared stories and happy memories of their childhood together. He always spoke respectfully of his parents and was proud to be their son. I never met his father but I remember how heartbroken Rex was when his mother passed into heaven. He had a tender heart especially for his family and closest friends.
Rex had a diversity of friends, enjoyed doing good things for them even if it were just to take the time to offer encouragement. He employed people during his life and was helpful to many.
Rex has a long list of good deeds.
Rex Meadows was tall, handsome, charismatic, and always looked as if he had just stepped out of GQ magazine. I don’t ever remember being around Rex when he wasn’t smiling and laughing. He loved to see people happy and would share the funniest stories about his life of which some were extraordinary. He had an infectious laughter, loved life and it loved him right back. Perhaps a song for Rex would be “I Did It My Way”.
On June 4th, I believe God saw and heard Rex’s innermost desire and said, “Well done son, I’ll take over now welcome home.”
On behalf of your friends, thank you for the love and never-ending smiles Rex!
Sheila and Friends of William Rex Meadows