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Annie Meeks

YORK -- Mrs. Annie Belle Wright Meeks, 101, widow of the late Harper Meeks Jr., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at her home, 230 California St., York, S.C. Mrs. Meeks was born Nov. 16, 1907, in York, S.C., to the late Fred and Mary Williams Wright.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at New Home AME Zion Church in York, with the Rev. Darial Jackson officiating and eulogizing, and the Rev. Albert Tolbert assisting. Burial will be at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Wright Funeral Home, at which time Eastern Star Rites will be performed.

Mrs. Meeks was educated in the public schools of York, graduated from Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. She was a Clover District Elementary School teacher for 53 years. Although Mrs. Meeks retired in 1973, she continued to be a matriarch of excellence in her home, community and church.

She was a devoted member of New Home AME Zion Church and served in many capacities: President of the Willing Workers Club, Church Aid Society, Order of the Eastern Star, Lux Fiat No. 110 and other various leadership positions. She dedicated her life to the Lord and demonstrated love, patience, kindness and faithfulness.

Mrs. Meeks served her community well and demonstrated outstanding citizenship by her strong commitment as a volunteer. A proclamation was appointed by the Mayor and recorded in the minutes of the York City Council on Nov. 16, 2000, detailing her many contributions to the community. The Citizens Awareness Group of Western York County presented her with a plaque of congratulations on Nov. 16, 2007.

Mrs. Meeks was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 10 siblings and two grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Ianthia and husband, Leo Neville, of York, S.C., Dorinda and husband, John Thomason of Bloomfield, N.J.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Ammie Wright of Clover, S.C., and Mrs. Mary P. Meeks of Canton, Ohio; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.