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Joyce Rheney was born in Hartselle, Alabama in 1930, one of seven children of Margaret and William White. She grew up and attended school in Athens, Alabama. Following high school, Joyce entered Jefferson-Hillman School in Birmingham, graduating in 1952 as a registered nurse. The following year she married John Watson Rheney, Jr. and moved to Orangeburg, where the couple raised their four children. Joyce and John were charter members of Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, where she served in numerous leadership roles, including the Board of Trustees. Joyce also served as a councilwoman for the city and a member of the Medical Alliance. In 1997 she was honored as Mother of the Year by the Clemson University Tiger Brotherhood and named an honorary member of the Class of 1947. Joyce Rheney's philosophy of parenting includes her husband: "Besides being a loving wife, the badge I wear most proudly is that of a parent to our children. Through the years. I've had wonderful support from my husband. Children learn what is expected of them and what they should expect of themselves through sound discipline, guidance, and advice. We, as parents, are rewarded many times over when we are able to enjoy the results of our children's good education, their spouses, and our wonderful grandchildren; and, watching them, as mature adults, giving the same gifts back to their family, church, and community."
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Rheney, Joyce White, "Interview with Joyce White Rheney" (2015). South Carolina Mother of the Year Oral History Archives. 23.