James I. Meade, age 79, passed away on Saturday, November 7 at North Florida Regional Hospital. Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, Jim was the son of Dr. Glenn and Mary Eddy Meade. He was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald, John, and Robert Meade. He is survived by his son, Daniel and wife Angela, and his pride and joy, granddaughter Emma, of Newberry, Fl.; his brothers, Frank and wife Eleanor, of Clermont, Fl., Bill and wife Pam of Gainesville, and his sister, Glenda Mattair of Quincy, Fl. He is also survived by ten nieces and nephews and their families. Jim proudly served in the Marine Corps after graduating from Gainesville High and then attended Jacksonville University. He was employed by Johns-Manville and lived in Albany, Ga. for several years where he was active in the Elks Club and enjoyed coaching little league baseball. In 1969 he returned to Gainesville to begin his career with Prudential Insurance. He was active in the Gainesville Jaycees and coached baseball at the Boys and Girls Club. He took great joy in being a part of the GHS Old-Timers group, as well. Jim enjoyed outdoor sports, especially fishing and hunting with his son, Danny. A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Villiages of West End Club House, 1101 NW 124th Blvd., Jonesville, on Wednesday, November 11th from 5 – 7pm.