Leroy Meadows Memorial Highway was formally dedicated Thursday, Nov. 5, in honor of the veteran Mississippi County Sheriff, who passed away in March of this year.
"Leroy committed his life to serving the public," Mississippi County Judge Steve McGuire said. "He was a quality person. He served in the military and in law enforcement. It is only right that we name County Road #599, that comes to the Sheriff's office, after him."
(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
"Leroy and I met in Sheriffs School," Arkansas Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Chuck Lang said. "He had already had quite an outstanding career as a state trooper. He was my boss and my mentor, and then we grew close like brothers. He played his cards real close to his vest and never complained about things, even his health. He impacted everyone in the Sheriffs' Association in a positive way. You could just mention his name and people would smile. He was loved."
"He was an excellent law enforcement officer and dear friend," Mississippi County Quorum Court Police, Fire & Safety Chairman Donnie McDaniel said. "We talked on the phone a lot while he was in office. My family asked me what we found to talk about. I told them the weather, problems, hunting and fishing and people. He drove up and down this road many times, and I think he would like knowing it was named after him."
"We will miss seeing him stand there with his arms crossed," Sanders said. "We all learned when he got real serious and took his glasses off, we had better run.
"In the future when people see the sign that reads Leroy Meadows Memorial Highway, we want them to wonder who this man was. Then we can tell them about his legacy, who and what he was and what he means to us. We can tell them that he was a friend, a father, a husband and close to each of us in a special way. We can say he lives on. Not just to be present but to touch our lives and have an impact on our lives from now on."
"Dad loved being a policeman," son Terry Cole said. "To my sons David and John this has always been 'Pop's Jail' and 'Pop's Road.' Now they can see the road sign that reminds others that this is his road as well."
Meadows' widow Vivian Meadows unveiled the sign, which read "Leroy Meadows Memorial Highway" at the close of the program.
"Yes, Leroy would like this," she said. "He would like it very much. He would flash a big smile."