EMERSON ALFORD MEGGS
1921 FL – 2012 TN
Emerson Meggs, taken
at AAFA’s Annual Meeting in 1998, Paducah, KY
& Bell Funeral Home
Springfield, TN—_____ August 2012
Emerson Alford Meggs, age 91, and long-time
resident of Adams, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at
Morningside of Springfield. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 24,
2012 at 2pm at the Adams Methodist Church with Reverend Randy Mutter
officiating. Burial will follow in the Bellwood Cemetery with the Fellowship
Sunday School Class serving as Honorary pallbearers. Visitation with the family
will be held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Thursday,
August 23, 2012 from 4-7:30pm and at the church on Friday one hour prior to the
Mr. Meggs was born March 19, 1921 in Escambia
County, Florida to the late L.L. and Pearl Alford Meggs. When he was 15 years
old he and his family moved to Adams where in 1938 he graduated from Bell High
School. In the early 1950’s Mr. Meggs graduated from the John Gupton School of
Mortuary Science in Nashville which began a career spanning more than 30 years
as owner and operator of Meggs Funeral Home in Adams.
He was a member of the Adams United Methodist
Church where he served as member and past chairman of the Administrative Board,
Sunday School Teacher, and Chairman of the Church Building Committee during new
construction in 1970.
Mr. Meggs’ name has been well-known throughout
Robertson County for decades as he received recognition for having served 25
years as Director of the Adams Annual Fourth of July Picnic in 1971. He also
served as City Recorder for the City of Adams from 1963 to 1973, served on the
Adams City Commission from 1967 to 1971, member of the first Robertson County
Library Board, former member and Chairman of the Robertson County Highway
Commission, former member of the Robertson County Court and Budget Committee,
member and Director of the Springfield-Robertson County Chamber of Commerce,
past PTA president, past member of the Robertson County Historical Society and
cancer survivor since 1994.
Mr. Meggs served as the Robertson County
Executive from 1982 to 1994, during which time NorthCrest hospital, county jail
and National Guard Building were approved. Electronic voting machines, the
county road mapping system, building and zoning codes revisions, state health
insurance for county employees, an emergency medical system, and 911
communications system was implemented during his term in office. Tribute was
paid to him on September 19, 1994 in the House of Representatives,
Congressional Record Volume 140 upon the completion with distinction of his
service as the Robertson County Executive.
More recently Mr. Meggs was a member of the
Springfield Rotary Club and was named Springfield Rotarian of the Year in 2001.
He was a past President of the Adams Cemetery Association and organizer of its
Trust Fund, served on the Adams Cemetery Association Advisory Board, was
Trustee of Bellwood Cemetery and Trustee of Bell-Willett Charitable Foundation,
was Executive Secretary of the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen’s Association,
served on the United Way Board, served on the Board of Directors of the City of
Adams Museum, Archives and Library, and in 2004 was selected as a Person of
Character by the Robertson County Times.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margaret
Fort Meggs; children, Emerson Fort Meggs of Knoxville and John Alford (Linda
Odom) Meggs of Charlottsville, VA; daughter, Margaret Lee (Mark Seifferd) Meggs
of Havre, MT; brothers, Wendell Anderson Meggs of Springfield and Ural Edward “Ed”
(Juanita) Meggs of Wilmington, DE; brother-in-law, John (Elizabeth) Fort of
Springfield; sister-in-law, Evelyn Fort of Nashville; and grandchildren, Dylan
Fort Meggs, Lillian Amelia Odom Meggs, Eric Konstantin Odom Meggs and Carrie
The family requests memorial contributions be
made to the Robertson County Archives or to the Robertson County Historical
Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is
in charge of these arrangements.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home- 509 Walnut
Street, Springfield, TN (615) 384-1000.
Davidson Co., TN—Friday, 24 August 2012
of former Robertson County Executive Emerson Meggs remembered him Thursday as a
“natural born leader.’’
Meggs died Tuesday. He was 91.
could always count on him for advice,” said Robertson County Mayor Howard
Bradley. “He had a photographic memory of the files which I do not have. It was
amazing, the depths of knowledge he had.”
Meggs of Adams, Tenn., served as county executive — a position now called
county mayor — from 1982 to 1994.
from Florida, Mr. Meggs moved to Adams when he was 15. He graduated from Bell
High School and went on to become a mortician, operating Meggs Funeral Home in
Adams for more than 30 years. He was very involved in the community, said
Robertson County Commissioner Billy Vogle, who had known Mr. Meggs for about 40
years through Adams Methodist Church.
did a lot of work for Adams,” Vogle said. “He helped start the Thresherman’s
Show (a two-day expo of old-fashioned farming techniques) and was in it every
year. I just look back over the years and there’s nobody who will be able to
take his place in the community.”
Adams, Mr. Meggs served as city recorder from 1963 to 1973 and a city
commissioner from 1967 to 1971. He was director of the city’s annual Fourth of
July picnic for 25 years. Mr. Meggs was on the county’s highway commission,
library board, chamber of commerce and historical society.
first met Mr. Meggs in 1970.
told many people that in many ways he taught me how to be county executive,”
Bradley said. “He was just a natural born leader.”
Mr. Meggs’ tenure as county executive, the county approved the construction of
NorthCrest hospital and a new National Guard Building.
Commissioner Bobby Jones remembered him as an excellent county executive.
can place Mr. Meggs in the top five people I’ve ever known and respected,”
Jones said. “I’m going to miss him.”
memorial service for Mr. Meggs will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Adams
Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Bellwood Cemetery.
Davidson Co., TN—Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Meggs when he was honored at the 2009 Community Club Christmas Dinner and
presented with a key to the city. Also pictured is Adams Mayor Omer Gene
Brooksher (left), Margaret Meggs and County Mayor Howard Bradley
REMEMBERED FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
County lost one of its longtime leaders when Emerson Meggs died on Tuesday,
Aug. 21 at his residence at Morningside Assisted Living Center in Springfield.
Meggs was 91 years old.
Meggs dedicated his life to public service, according to his wife of 60 years,
Margaret Meggs. He served in many positions of government, business and
community leadership over the years, but he is best remembered for serving as
county executive – a position now known as the county mayor – from 1982-94.
think Emerson really loved his country, he loved his community, he loved his
church, and he was very dedicated to service to others,” Margaret Meggs said.
Meggs said that being married to a man like Emerson Meggs meant her life was
always very busy.
had to sort of work at being able to see each other,” she said. “He was very
conscientious of his work. He attended a lot of meetings – not only county
meetings, but community meetings like Men’s Club.”
different points in his life, Meggs was a member of the Robertson County
library board, chairman of the Adams United Methodist Church’s administrative
board, county highway commissioner, president of the Adams Cemetery
Association, board member for the United Way and a member of the Springfield
Rotary Club, of which he was named Rotarian of the Year for 2001—just to name a
few of the many organizations of which he was involved.
of Robertson County’s current leaders count Meggs as an inspiration and mentor
for their current public service, including current County Mayor Howard
Bradley, Adams Mayor Omer Gene Brooksher and County Attorney Clyde Richert.
was one of the finest men I’ve ever known,” said Richert, who has counted Meggs
as a close friend since they met in 1981. “One of the things I often heard him
say was how much he appreciated serving the citizens of Robertson County. And
he genuinely meant that, it wasn’t just political double talk.”
he went into government, Meggs trained at the John Gupton School of Mortuary
Science in Nashville and owned Meggs Funeral Home in Adams, which was one of
the first funeral homes in the area to serve African-American families,
according to Richert.
was ahead of his time,” Richert said. “He held all people in the same regard.
He was always concerned about trying to do the right thing.”
Bradley and Brooksher said that Robertson County has lost a great leader.
will be missed by all, but not forgotten,” Brooksher said. “He helped so many.”
and Margaret Meggs lived in Adams for most of their lives. In addition to his
wife, Meggs is survived by three children and four grandchildren.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI
records show that Emerson Meggs (SS# issued in TN) was born 19 March 1921, last
residence not listed.
For more information about this family, see AAFA’s
published genealogy, Known
Descendants of Henry Miles Alford.
His Alford lineage, from his mother: Pearlie Lee
1898 AL2, Edward Gillespie 1878 AL3, Richard Reddin 1843
AL4, Henry Miles 1815 SC5, Job 1763 NC6,
Julius 1717 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.