Jeri Jones Meigs

March 30, 1943 - August 31, 2023
Jeri Jones Meigs

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Jeri Lynn Meigs, 80 of Laurel Park died Thursday, August 31, 2023 at her home.

Jeri grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, PA in the small steel mill town of Versailles.  She was introduced to her husband, Bill, through her mother at the local ice cream parlor where Bill worked as a teenager.  They married just as Bill entered the Navy during Vietnam and eventually settled in Sylva, NC where Jeri taught Spanish at the Cherokee reservation elementary school when Bill was stationed at the Navy weather station during his final days in the Navy.

While in Sylva Jeri and Bill welcomed the birth of their son, Jeff, and a few years later, their daughter, Jill.  Shortly after Jill was born, the family moved to Jacksonville, NC where Jeri spent the early years of her children’s lives at home nurturing.  She eventually got back into teaching – first in the Onslow County school district, then spent the bulk of her career and retiring with the Department of Defense as an elementary school teacher on Camp Lejune.

Jeri and Bill were people of faith and cherished their extended Christian family in the Onslow County area – they are forever grateful for the love and life experiences shared with many there in the Jacksonville area.

Soon after retirement, Jeri and Bill moved to Hendersonville – both to be closer to the mountains of NC, they so grew to love during their time in Sylva, and to be close to their daughter, Jill and her family.  Jeri spent her time in Hendersonville doting on her grandchildren, making friends, and being actively involved in the church.  She was close with the Lord and trusted him in all things.

While Jeri will be missed by her family, they are comforted by her Christian faith and know that she is living with Jesus and continuing to dote on her earthly family.   She was preceded in death by her parents, James Albert and Mary Margaret Jones.

Surviving is her husband, William “Bill” Keith Meigs; son, Jeffrey William Meigs, and wife Alyson; daughter, Jill Suzanne Wooten, and husband Tom; grandchildren, Kiley Wooten, Holly Meigs, Blake Wooten, and William Meigs; brother, James Jones and wife Beverly; sister, Sue Brown and husband Tom and a nephew, Heath Hannon and wife Heather.

A memorial  service will be held at 11:00 o’clock on Monday, September 4, 2023 at Shaws Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Collin Terenzini officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA,  22116-7023.

Memorial Service

Monday, September 4, 2023
11:00 AM

Shaws Creek Baptist Church - Directions
91 Shaws Creek Church Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791


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  • September 07, 2023
    Charlene Harris says:
    Jill I am so saddened to hear of your mothers passing. She was always a favorite of mine at the office. Everyone that met her knew they had a friend for life. We are out of town on Monday but I will keep you and the family in my prayers. Deepest sympathy. Charlene

  • September 04, 2023
    Kathy Butler says:
    Jeff , Jill ad family, What a blessing it was to know your mom and dad during those early years at Blue Creek Baptist when we came as a young couple transplanted there at Jacksonville by the Marine Corp! I cherish those memories of your moms friendship that lasted though the years thou life took us in different directions ! Know that my prayers are with you , your dad and the family and friends who loved her and will miss her greatly! May God Bless you and keep you in His Care ! 🙏

  • September 04, 2023
    Kathy Butler says:
    Jeff and Jill , I treasure the memories Richard and I have of your mom and dad during those first years of being at Blue Creek Baptist and a part of the couples class that we both attended ! What a blessing those days were sharing with your family ! Please know that my prayers are with you , your dad and each of your families that have been affected by your loss ! My heart grieves for you , but rejoices knowing that your mom is in the presence of our Heavenly Father no longer suffering in any way ! God Bless you and keep you in His Care !

  • September 04, 2023
    Patricia Long says:
    My heart is filled with sadness for you all especially Jeff and Jill and the rest of your family. Your Mom was such a wonderful friend through so many years with me and Don. And we had so many fun times like our Field trips to different places here on the East coast. I will miss our talks and when we were able to see each other but distance made no difference in our friendship. I loved her dearly. I know she is in the arms of Jesus. Love you all. Pat Long

  • September 03, 2023
    Sandra Elser says:
    We will miss her greatly. Sandy,Nancy and Linda the Monday card ladies.