Hugh Edwin Meredith
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Hugh Edwin Meredith
Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on October 7, 1930, Meredith was a member of the First Baptist Church. From an early age, he felt the call to preach, was baptized by pastor W. A. Criswell and ordained to the ministry. During his youth, he served as a pastor, worked summers on a dairy, regularly drove a taxi and became an Eagle Scout.
A strong believer in the power of education, Meredith graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and attended the seminary in Zurich, Switzerland. Along the way, he fell in love with and married Bennye Sims from Arkansas. Meredith went on to earn a master's degree and Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.
While serving as Chairman of the Modern Languages Department at then Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Meredith was tapped to lead the new Peace Corps Training Center. He ultimately served in Costa Rica with the new trainees. Meredith was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Angelo State University in San Angelo and President of Sul Ross State University in Alpine until returning to the classroom to teach German and philosophy at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Hugh had a deep love of all things German. He regularly hosted German students and lived in Germany many years during teacher exchange programs. Meredith was an amateur airplane pilot, loved playing tennis and was a proud member of Rotary International.
Hugh Meredith is preceded in death by his parents Jasper Daniel and Stella Mae Leach, and brother Jack Meredith. He is survived by his four children, Molly Meredith Francis, Jim Meredith and wife Debbie, Jack Meredith and wife Erica David, and Ann Meredith Escamilla and husband David; five grandchildren, Meredith and Morgan LeNoir, Lane Meredith Lakey and her husband Wade Lakey, Kelli Meredith, and Hector Meredith; and two great-grandchildren Hudson and Preston Lakey.
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