CITIZEN OF THE MONTH – SELECTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER JUANITA DOGGETT: Council Member Doggett advised that it was her honor and privilege to present Oscar and Joyce Creech as the Citizens of the Month for December.
Council Member Doggett stated that if you know Oscar and Joyce Creech, then you know they are major cheerleaders for the City of Marion. Oscar and Joyce participate in all events that happen in our City.
Council Member Doggett reported that she chose both Oscar and Joyce as Citizens of the Month because they are both heavily involved in the community and often volunteer together.
Council Member Doggett said that Oscar moved to Marion in 2007. Oscar is a native of Smithfield and moved here to be with Joyce. Oscar served our country in the United State Marine Corps for 20 years. He has been a volunteer at the Visitor Center for the McDowell Chamber of Commerce for six years. Oscar is a cheerful greeter, giving directions, selling local products and helping with anything that needs to be done.
Council Member Doggett advised that Oscar has also volunteered with Hospice for five years in the area of honoring veterans. As a veteran, this area of service is dear to his heart. Oscar has been a member of the McDowell Trails Association since 2007 and serves on the Trails Association Board. Oscar is a member of American Legion Post 56.
Council Member Doggett reported that Oscar and Joyce both attended the Marion Citizens Police Academy and Oscar still rides with the Police Department officers as much as he can.
Council Member Doggett stated that Oscar and Joyce both volunteered at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon a few months ago. They distributed numerous City of Marion pins to visitors, helping spread Marion’s name throughout the United States and the world.
Council Member Doggett said that Joyce is an Ambassador with the McDowell Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Events Committee. Joyce said that she basically tries to keep up with Oscar by supporting him in all of his activities. Joyce went skydiving last year for her birthday. This year, Joyce rode a hot air balloon on her birthday.
Council Member Doggett advised that Joyce worked for Sara Lee for 15 years, before losing her job as a result of jobs being sent to other countries. At the age of 45, Joyce started college and graduated from Gardner Webb University. Joyce then worked for McDowell Technical Community College until she retired.
Council Member Doggett reported that, after retiring from the Marine Corps, Oscar worked for 18 years at Equipment Sales and Service and traveled all over the world installing tobacco equipment.
Council Member Doggett stated that Joyce grew up here. She was an adopted only child and has lived in the same house her entire life. Joyce has two sons and one grandson. Oscar is the oldest of 11 children and they are all still living. He has six children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Council Member Doggett said that she asked Oscar why he did all this volunteering and he said he grew up watching his father do it. Oscar’s father was a Boy Scout Leader for 48 years. He felt that it was the obligation of every citizen to improve their community. Home is really where it all begins.
Council Member Doggett advised that she wanted to thank Oscar and Joyce for all of their service to the community, but most of all for loving our City. Council Member Doggett reported that Oscar and Joyce eat, shop, hang out, play, live and love Downtown Marion and are two of our greatest cheerleaders.
Mayor Little, Council Members, City staff, family and friends all shared kind words about Oscar and Joyce Creech and congratulated them on being selected as Citizens of the Month for December.