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BY TERI WILLIAMS | PHOTOS BY DAPHNE WALKER A Life of Service: Part I His Brother’s Keeper Even though he had his own learning disability to overcome, Steve Weeks was taught by his mother to always look after those less fortunate–a valuable lesson he still clings to. “The Weeks of Savannah were a wealthy family,” said Steve, “but my father was an alcoholic and a gambler. We were very poor.” Horace Weeks was 44 years old when Steve and his twin sister, Stefeny, were born. The house they lived in belonged to their grandfather. It had no cooling or heating. The windows were screenless, which allowed mosquitoes and other insects free reign making sleep nearly impossible. “When we went to church, I would finally be warm or cool enough to sleep, according to what season it was. Now anytime I walk into a church, I want to fall asleep.” It was not an explanation many would be justified in giving for sleeping through the sermon. Their situation was so difficult that the children would sometimes go without food. Clothes that fit would have been a luxury. “I knew this hurt my mother,” said Steve, “but I can still remember how she would sing. She had faith that God would take care of everything. And He did. We survived.” Steve and Stefeny had one older sister, Bonnell, and an older brother named Bob. There was only one year age difference between the twins and Bob. Steve first realized his brother was different from other kids when he started school, and Bob remained at home. He later learned that a nurse had dropped him on his head when he was two days old. Although he survived a brain hemorrhage, the injury caused him to have mental disabilities and life-threatening seizures for the rest of his life. At that time, there was no provision for children with disabilities. Parents were advised to institutionalize them and move on with their lives. “For some reason, my father believed that Bob was God’s way of punishing him,” said Steve. 86 Toombs County Magazine


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