EAST TEXAS (KETK) A legend in the coaching world for East Texas has died.
According to family members, Dickey Meeks passed away Monday, but did not share any other details on his passing.
Memorial services will be held Saturday August 8 at Mobberly Baptist Church located at 625 E Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The service will begin afterwards at 2:00 p.m.
Chapel Hill Superintendent Lamond Dean, a former player of Meeks’ issued the following statement on his passing:
“It is with great sadness, and a heavy heart, that I report the passing of former Chapel Hill High School Coach, Dickey Meeks. To say East Texas lost a legend is a great understatement.
“Meeks took over as Head Coach for Chapel Hill in 1989 and guided the Bulldogs to the 4a championship playoffs. To many, Chapel Hill ISD had just won state for the first time that year, but under Coach Meeks leadership, that season shaped the rest of our lives. Meeks coached at Chapel Hill until 1996 and to this day he remains highly respected within the Chapel Hill Community. He was not only a coach to me and my teammates, but to many a father that we never had. His commitment to us was unwavering, no matter how many wins or losses we had. Personally, his mentorship lasted well beyond my playing days, and our fond memories of Coach Meeks will last forever. He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him well.”
Rest in peace, CoachLamond Dean, Superintendent, Chapel Hill Independent School District
Meeks has coached in schools all across East Texas, including: Mount Vernon, Chapel Hill, Henderson, Pine Tree, and Pittsburg. Meeks coached in Louisiana, winning three state titles before moving to Texas.
Spending 42 years as a high school football coach, 37 of those were as a head coach. He won state championships at Chapel Hill (1989) over A&M Consolidated, and Henderson (2010) over Chapel Hill.
He made his retirement official back in 2016, following his second tenure at Mount Vernon.
During his 28 years as a head football coach in the Lone Star State, his teams were 164-149-2.
In January of 2017, Meeks was waiting on a new heart, after contracting Rheumatic Fever at the age of 10, which caused damage to his heart. He was able to receive a heart transplant.
In 2013, Meeks underwent double-heart valve replacement surgery, leading to his first stint in retirement, but came back for a second tenure in Mount Vernon.