The GCHS Sports Hall of Fame will grow by five August 16 when the Meeks sisters are inducted for their outstanding play on the Lady Yellow Jacket basketball teams during their time in school. The late Gayle Meeks, Barbara Meeks Hill, Kay Meeks Durham, Judie Meeks Jacobs and Shelia Meeks Gallagher will be the first sibling group to be inducted together.
“As we began to count the ballot votes it was clear that most of sisters were going to be voted in for this class. Committee member Louie Ladd stated that it was only fitting that if part of them were going in that all of them should go in at the same time. He made the motion and the committee voted unanimously to induct the Meeks sisters together,” said committee chairman David Lowrie.
The first sister to blaze a path on the court was Gayle who attended GCHS from 1951-1955. She was high scorer in basketball for the 16th District her senior year and was runner-up in both her sophomore and junior years. During Gayle’s senior year, her team played in the regional tournament, which was as far as you could go at that time. The first state tournament wasn’t played until March of 1958. Gayle’s team set high marks by defeating Sparta in the tourney which ended their 84 game winning streak. Unfortunately GCHS lost the semi-final game the following night. After high school she attended Nashville Business College in Nashville. Gayle was fatally injured in an automobile accident on November 30, 1956.
Barbara was the next in uniform and attended GCHS from 1956-1960. Following school she married Tony Hill. They have two sons Timothy and Michael and a granddaughter, Zacori. Barbara worked for Social Security Administration for 31 years. They make their home in Hixson.
Kaye attended GCHS from 1959-1963. She set a record during her sophomore year by scoring 54 points in a single game. She was top team scorer during her last three years in school and made the All State Team one year. She married Terry Durham. They have three children, Julie, Kerry and Russell. They have two granddaughters Julien and Lily. Kaye taught Home Economics at South Pittsburg High School and she and Terry make their home in South Pittsburg.
Judie attended GCHS from 1961-1965. She married Dr. Warren Jacobs. They have two daughters Rebecca and Elana and one grandson, David. She lives in Atlanta and teaches Art at Holy Innocents’ School in Atlanta.
Sheila attended GCHS from 1967-1971. She scored 2,070 points during her high school career for an average of 20 points per game. Sheila made All Tri-State team for her junior and senior years. She played basketball for MTSU and played against Pat Summitt when Pat played for the University of Tennessee-Martin. She married Bobby Gallagher and they are very active in their home of Pelham running the summer baseball/softball league there. Sheila worked for A.O. Smith Inc. for 32 yrs.
All five sisters were outstanding players for their Lady Yellow Jackets’ teams, and all of them received several awards during their basketball careers. Since high school full-court game rules for girls didn’t go into effect in Tennessee until the 1979-80 season, all five girls played when half-court rules were in effect. Barbara, Kaye, Judie and Sheila all attended MTSU.
The sisters are daughters of Lewis and Louise Meeks. They have three brothers: Lamar (Naomi) Tracy City, Tom (Randa) Coalmont and David (Patti) St. Augustine, FL.