JONESVILLE — The memory of a Jonesville resident will be forever honored through the dedication of an intersection in the community.
On Saturday, signs were placed at the intersection of U.S. 176 and New Hope Church Road in Jonesville, officially displaying the intersection’s new name — “Joan Burgess Intersection.”
The intersection is located near Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, and during the dedication, Sen. Shane Martin presented a resolution approved by the South Carolina General Assembly, which read, “Joan Burgess was a wonderful mother who devoted a considerable amount of her time and energy assisting the Jonesville schools in Union County during her children’s formative years as well as after they became adults.”
The resolution states Burgess supported the schools by running the Booster Club, Jonesville Wildcat Friday, the Band Aid Club, and was a constant figure at various events sponsored by the elementary school and high school. The resolution also states Burgess “was well respected and loved by all who knew her,” and it states “it would be fitting and proper to forever recognize Joan Burgess by having an intersection in Jonesville in Union County named in her honor.”
A large group of Burgess’ family members were present for Saturday’s dedication. Her grandson, Kyle Lipsey, said it was fitting for the intersection at JEMS to be named after Burgess because of the amount of time she spent volunteering at Jonesville schools.
“She loved children,” Lipsey said. “She was a babysitter, and she raised kids all of her life.”
Lipsey said the dedication was made possible by the work of Nancy Millwood and Sen. Martin.
“As a family, we are very thankful — for Nancy Millwood, who thought a lot of (Burgess) and also Sen. Shane Martin — for making that special moment happen for us,” Lipsey said.
Millwood said she knows Burgess would be honored to have the intersection — which affects a school which houses children she loved dearly — dedicated to her.
“Joan was a true icon to our community,” Millwood said. “You name it, she was there. Not only did she help at the schools, she also helped raise half of Jonesville.”
Millwood also mentioned that Burgess once led the Jonesville Parade Committee.
“On top of everything that we know she did there was so much that she did for individuals that no one ever knew about,” Millwood said. “She was one of the most amazing, generous, caring women I have ever had the pleasure to know.”
Millwood said she wishes Burgess were able to be here to appreciate the dedication, but she is glad there is now a reminder for loved ones who will remember parts of their lives in which they interacted with Burgess.
“I know her family, all of us that considered her family, all her friends and everyone who ever had contact with her will smile as they go through this intersection and see her name,” Millwood said.