Isaac James Meares long time resident of Miami, born in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 8, 1927, passed away on February 15, 2014. In Jacksonville, Isaac attended grade school and graduated from high school in 1946. Following a three year stint in the US Air Force, he attended Florida A&M University and graduated in 1952. He pursued and received a masters in education from Indiana University in 1953. His teaching career began in Chipley, Florida, in 1953 after he married his wife, Bettye. They moved their family to Miami in 1955. He began teaching at Bethune Elementary School. He was promoted to principal at Tucker Elementary in 1960 and became one of the youngest African Americans to make principal at that time. He also served as principal at Floral Heights, Pine Villa, and Chapman Elementary schools. He later became an administrator in the Dade County Public School System North and South Area Offices. He was a member and deacon at the Christ Fellowship Church. He also held membership in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the AARP, and the NRTA. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bettye, four children - Pamela McCoy, Keith Meares (Maureen), Dr. Michael Meares (Joy), Paula Odom (Gerald). He had eight grandchildren -Reginald McCoy Jr., David Meares, Krystal Meares, Brian Meares, Kevin Meares (homegoing 2007), Kwame Meares, and Gerald Odom II - and three great-granddaughters - Mysja McCoy, Jade McCoy, and Ashanti McCoy. Public viewing will be Wednesday, February 19, 6-8PM, Christ Fellowship Church in Palmetto Bay. Graveside services to be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11AM, at Dade South Memorial Park.
Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 18, 2014