When Samantha Baker thinks of her cousin Bobby Meaux, it makes her smile.
“He was so funny,” said Baker, who cared for Meaux on her first baby-sitting job. “He could always make me laugh. I always think of him as Will Smith because he was his favorite and that’s who he reminded me of.”
Meaux, 31, was aboard Comair Flight 5191 Sunday morning. He is remembered in Harrodsburg as the quarterback for the hometown Hogs during the 1991-92 seasons, especially for the district championship win in 1991.
“He was just a great kid,” said former Harrodsburg High School coach Alvis Johnson, whose sons played ball with Meaux and kept in touch over the years. “You can’t say anything bad about Bobby. He was a gentleman.”
Meaux, a sales representative at Galls Inc. in Lexington, was one of four Galls employees who died in the crash.
He still had a passion for football, especially the Big Blue variety, said Baker, but Meaux’s greatest love was his daughter, Danielle, 12, who lives in Louisville but stayed with him in Harrodsburg on weekends.
He’d often talk about her while he was playing PlayStation with his old friend Derrick Johnson.
“He loved nothing more than spending time with his daughter,” said Johnson, who also praised Meaux as a friend.
“You’re lucky if you find a few good friends in life, and he was one who always had your back,” he said.
Other survivors include his mother, Barbara Meaux, and a brother, D.K. Meaux, both of Harrodsburg.