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Obituary for My Dad


My father died peacefully on Friday, 25 May 2018, after a very brief illness following a fall. Here is his obituary, which will appear in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on 8 June 2018:

2016 MYERS, BillA memorial service for William Cleopheus “Bill” Myers will be held at Emerald Bay Community Church on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Myers, age 90, died Friday, May 25, 2018, in Tyler. He was born on February 18, 1928, to William Marvin and Susie (Keel) Myers in Williamston, N.C. He went to Duke University on a football scholarship, where he majored in business and joined the Kappa Alpha Order. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aerial photographer and graduated from Duke in 1950. He also studied at New York University Graduate School of Business.

Bill met the love of his life, Margaret “Peg” Flanders, on a college double date and married her on December 15, 1951, in Newark, N.J. They were together 62 years, living in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Dallas before moving to Emerald Bay in 1985. He was a life member of the American Water Works Association and spent over 40 years in the water meter industry before retiring in 1990 as Vice President of Master Meter, Inc.

He was a member of Emerald Bay Community Church and a member and past president of the Emerald Bay Club, where he resided for 33 years. He loved children and read to first graders at Hazel Owens School for over 20 years after retirement. His favorite book to read to them was Pickle Chiffon Pie. He enjoyed playing golf, travel, ice cream, picking up pecans and golf balls (not at the same time), learning new things, and spending time with family.

Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peg and is survived by daughter, Anne Myers of Emerald Bay; son, Thomas Myers and wife Cecelia of Wheelock, TX; grandsons, William Myers and wife Claudia of McKinney, TX, and Robert Myers and wife Ellen of Houston; granddaughters, Elizabeth Applegate and husband Josh of Fort Collins, CO, and Lauren Barrandey and husband JohnPaul of Arvada, CO; and great-grandchildren, Gianna, Noah, and Eli Applegate, and Liam and Samuel Myers.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a contribution to Emerald Bay Community Church, 160 LaSalle Rd., Bullard, TX 75757 or to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

7 thoughts on “Obituary for My Dad

  1. My condolences on the loss of your father. Hugs.

  2. So sorry for your loss. What a lovely obituary. My great grandma had a cousin, Minnie, who was a genealogy person and also secretary for a cemetery. I always can tell which family obituaries were written by her. Yours was even better.

    • Thank you, Vickie. People are more than just a collection of facts and I love obituaries that let you know who they really were in life. My family helped me with ideas for this one.

  3. Anne, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I’ve known you all my life. I first followed your life story many many years ago through Frances Kuffle’s blog. Your life is so much like mine. Our struggles in life are so similar. I’ve gotten strength through your story and you’ve helped me have the courage to deal with life’s ups and downs through your story because you’re strong and a survivor like i am. I lost my dear dad in 1994. It changes you, but you will be ok and stronger. My love and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Alice

  4. Thank you, Alice, for those kind words. We all met so many great people through her blog, didn’t we? You’re right that my dad’s death will change me. Just the process of accepting that he was in his last stage of life did that has taught me important things about myself and the way I interact with people. I’m grateful for the years I’ve spent with him here and that he now is at peace and with Mom again.

  5. Sorry for your loss Anne.

  6. Hey Anne, thanks for taking care of Uncle Bill and just being there for him. I suppose it was pretty good for you too. Good job on the obituary! It really brings some awesome memories back. Stay in touch, Cousin Bill

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