July 21, 1926 - April 11, 2017
SOUTH BEND - Edward Archie Myers was born July 21, 1926 in Safety Harbor, FL to Edward and Hattie Williams Myers. At a young age his mother and siblings moved to South Bend, IN.
Edward graduated from Washington High School in 1945. During his senior year, he was drafted into the Army for WWII. Due to the GI Bill, he was able to attend Central State University where he received his Bachelor of Art degree. He earned his Masters Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Edward began his teaching career in Lexington, Kentucky. Afterward he moved back to South Bend, IN and taught at Linden Elementary School. Edward was the first African American coach in South Bend and during his career won three city basketball championships. In 1969, Edward A. Myers became the first African American Principal for the South Bend Community School Corporation.
Edward was transferred to the Administration building and held the following positions: Supervisor of Adult Basic Education Evening Program, Director of the Career Opportunity Program, State & Federal Project Coordinator and Counselor in the Pupil Personnel Department.
Edward has served on various boards such as: Hansel Center, Urban Youth Services and was a member of Representative Tim Roemer's Screening Committee.
Edward was honored by receiving the Key to the City of South Bend, was a recipient of the Trailblazer Award and was inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame.
Edward A. Myers, Sr. will always be remembered as a man who took pride in helping others. His Christian upbringing from Grace A.M.E. Zion Church taught him the value of serving others. He was a charter member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and loved mentoring young men to stand tall and proud.
“What a Mighty Good Man.”
On his time, he was a master gardener, a flower enthusiast, a magician, a phenomenal educator, and a spectacular husband, father, son and friend.
Edward was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Myers, sister, Ruth Merriweather, brother, William Myers and son, Edward A. Myers, Jr.
Edward is survived by wife, Sylvia and children, Gwendolyn Tillman, Janelle Myers, Charlotte (Kevin) Starks, Douglas Myers, Regina Myers, Jeffrey (Manikka) Myers and Allison (Andre) Wells. Edward has 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, a sister, Hattie Roundtree, aunt, Florida Maxwell, and sister-in-law, Mary Myers along with a host of many relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. TODAY, Monday, April 17, 2017 at Grace A.M.E. Zion Church with viewing occurring from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the church.
Arrangements entrusted with ALFORD'S MORTUARY.
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