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Lifelong Hardeeville resident Joyce Meeks was honored by City Council Thursday with a proclamation naming Sept. 21, 2017 as “Joyce Meeks Day.”
The proclamation notes Meeks was born in Hardeeville to Ella Bell and John W. Harper Sr. She attended Hardeeville Consolidated School, was married to the late John M. Meeks, Sr. and had four daughters, Brenda, Kim, Connie and Bonnie and a son John Jr. (Rocky), 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Meeks drove a school bus for the Jasper County School District for 13 years and served as a member of the Hardeeville Municipal Election Commission for more than 30 years.
Meeks is also recognized for helping organize the Dixie Baseball League in Hardeeville and worked with the Hardeeville youth football league.
She was the grand marshal of the 2012 Catfish Festival parade.
The city praises Meeks for being a survivor of bladder cancer, a heart aneurysm and a life-threatening infection.
“After being told she would not walk again (she) endured months of rehab, being released in February 2017 and proved them all wrong; she is a true Hometown Hero,” the proclamation said.
Meeks was presented the proclamation as she was surrounded by her family.
“I am so happy,” Meeks said. “I love Hardeeville more than anything and I’ll do anything I can to help it. Words can’t describe how I feel.”