Childersburg mayor has surgery to remove stomach cancer
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Childersburg Mayor B.J. Meeks
Childersburg Mayor B.J. Meeks
CHILDERSBURG - Family members were at the bedside of Mayor B.J. Meeks Tuesday as the longtime city leader recovered from surgery to remove cancer in his stomach.

Meeks’ daughter, Wendy Burpee, said the surgery went well and results of biopsies from the surrounding areas will be back Friday.

“We expect him to be out of intensive care in a day or two and home in a week,” Burpee said via Facebook message. “He will spend the next month or so recuperating before beginning treatment.”

Doctors at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham removed about 80 percent of Meeks’ stomach, as well as some lymph nodes from his abdomen. He is expected to undergo radiation and chemotherapy.

“Prayers from the community are felt and appreciated,” Burpee said.

Councilman Jimmy Payne visited with Meeks’ family at the hospital, and said the mayor’s relatives were keeping a positive attitude. He said Meeks’ relatives were allowed to visit the mayor once every 4 hours, but he didn’t see Meeks himself.

Meeks served on the Parks and Recreation Board and one term on the Childersburg City Council before being elected mayor in 1984. He served until 1996, then returned to office in 2000 and has been the mayor ever since. He was elected to his seventh term as mayor in August 2012.

Meeks has been married to his wife, the former Delores Maddox, for 47 years. They have two daughters, Burpee and Michelle Brakefield.

In recognition of his industrial development efforts, the entrance to the Childersburg Industrial Park was named B.J. Meeks Drive in 2012.