Marvin Meadors (01/06/1960 – 05/16/2020) son of the late Marvin and Annabelle Meadors, brother of Thomas (Kathy), and friend to many. After graduation from Saint Benedict High School (’78), Marvin was awarded a Bachelor of Science cum laude degree in Geography (Bradley University), Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Masters of Business Administration (North Park University). He was a talented critical thinker, political analyst, accountant and distinguished writer for Huff Post. He was every person's cheerleader, yet very modest about his talents.
Marv enjoyed sports, especially basketball and baseball and definitely was an outstanding team player. He was proud that he was selected to be a Bat Boy for the 1976 Chicago Cubs baseball season. Marv played basketball as a bigger person than what he actually was - a master of a basketball charge. He also was a very good high school baseball pitcher. “Marvin was a player that any coach would love to have on his team and I am proud to say Marvin was one of the best that I was able to coach.” (Coach Bob Carlson, Basketball and Baseball, St Benedict High School)
Marv continued with basketball as a walk-on at Bradley University and was a reserve guard on the 1982 National Invitation Tournament Championship team. In the interview, after Dick Versace's Bradley team was bypassed for the NCAA basketball tournament, Marv’s philosophy of a team is revealed: “Of the way we practiced Tuesday, we're going to take it as a challenge," said Marvin Meador, a reserve guard. "Nobody's dwelling on the past." (Washington Post, by Mark Asher, March 11, 1982)
Marv’s friends described him as a wonderful, bright, diligent, persistent, caring, creative, gentle, kind heart and soul person. Marv in his quiet, unassuming, humble way, never realized he was admired, respected and liked by so many people. He was not forgotten by his friends. Marv’s life ended when that huge heart he had for others suddenly stopped because of a heart attack. A Gentle Giant entered God's Kingdom that day in May, 2020.
A memorial and interment for Marvin will take place at date to be determined. Donations in his memory can be made to: Marvin Meadors Memorial Facebook Fundraiser or made payable to Cooney Funeral Home, 3918 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
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