James Edward Meekins was born on November 23, 1941 in Clio South Carolina to the late John Dennis Meekins and Julia Johnson Meekins. Affectionately known as "Bae, Jimmy Mack and Bisco" by those who loved him.
Growing up in Clio, South Carolina Jimmy loved to hunt rabbits and he enjoyed bringing them home for his mom to cook them. He was also the brother who loved to play pranks on his siblings. Jimmy was an avid sports guy who loved to play basketball and baseball. He was the captain of Lincoln H.S, basketball team and displayed such talent that Coach Wydell secured him a basketball scholarship to college. However, Jimmy chose to leave South Carolina and head north to the "Big Apple", New York City to follow his older brother Willie.
Jimmy's life in Brooklyn New York flourished as he became adjusted to the hustle and bustle of the big city. He met and married his first wife the late Anita Brooks Meekins in 1962. From this union three children were born, Remona, Renee and Darrick. Jimmy met Elizabeth Jenkins and their relationship blossomed over the years and on August 19, 1994, they married and committed their lives to one another. From this union, Darnell Meekins was born.
Jimmy began his career as a truck driver at The Nabisco Food Company where he often received awards for being one of the safest drivers, a dedicated employee and for perfect attendance. Jimmy was well known in the neighborhoods he delivered cookies and took pride in being known as the "Cookie Man "with the fitted cap. He retired in 2000 after 30 plus years at Nabisco.
Jimmy's love for baseball expanded when he played for the Brooklyn Athletics as an outfielder in the 1970's He also loved to spend time with his family and friends dancing, barbecuing, talking "smack", shooting pool, smoking cigars, watching his beloved NY Mets and hosting many dances and parties with his partners, (John "Sonny Boy McLain, and Rufus Harris on his beloved Howard Ave in the "Club" and across Brooklyn, NY.
Jimmy rededicated his life to Christ while attending Glover Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn NY under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Louis C. Williams Sr.
In the early hours of Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Jimmy made a peaceful transition while at home in Holly Hill, South Carolina surrounded by his devoted wife and sister-in-law Rebecca.
Jimmy leaves to cherish fond memories: his beloved wife Elizabeth Meekins, daughters, Remona, Renee and Desiree , sons, Darrick , Reggie, Darnell and David, grandchildren, Kimberly (Evander Thomas), Jerrell, Crystal, Melvin, Christian, Tiffany, Destiny, Shade, Terique, Shakeyia, and Radasa, great grands, Amir, Namiyah, Jusir, Londyn, Kristan, Karter and Tylik, 3 brothers, Willie D. Meekins, Roosevelt Meekins, and Donnie Meekins, 4 sisters, Evester Bostic, Mary Holston, Nina Bradley, and JuilaAnn Meekins, 4 sister-n- laws, Mary Meekins, Janet Meekins, Rebecca Jenkins and Willamae Hollard, 2 brother- n laws, John Bradley and Jefferey Hollard, 1 daughter-n- law, Marilyn Meekins, 1 son-n-law, Dwayne Alexander, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.