Oscar and Joyce Creech were honored Tuesday by the Marion City Council as the Citizens of the Month for December.
They were selected for this honor by Councilwoman Juanita Doggett.
“If you know Oscar and Joyce, you know they are cheerleaders for the city of Marion,” said Doggett. “They participate in all the events that happen in our city. If you don’t see them, you might think you have shown up on the wrong date.”
A native of Smithfield, Oscar moved to Marion in 2007 to be with Joyce. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he has been a volunteer at the Visitor’s Center at the McDowell Chamber of Commerce for six years. He is a cheerful greeter, giving directions to the tourists, selling local products and anything that needs to be done, said Doggett. He volunteers with Hospice in the area of helping fellow veterans. He serves on the board of the McDowell Trails Association and is a member of the American Legion Post 56.
Joyce worked for 15 years on the line at Sara Lee Knitting but lost her job due to NAFTA. At age 45, she started college at McDowell Tech and she later graduated from Gardner-Webb University at age 49. She eventually retired from McDowell Tech’s NC Works department.
Together, Oscar and Joyce volunteered a few months ago at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon but were dismayed to find no brochures there promoting Marion or McDowell County. So they got a load of Marion pins from the city and distributed them at the international event.
“I wanted to recognize them for all of the above, but most of all I wanted to thank them for loving our city,” said Doggett. “They eat, shop, hang out, play, live and love our downtown area.”
The Creeches were joined by their numerous friends as they received this honor, many of whom are downtown business owners. Mayor Steve Little presented them with Marion mugs.