Charles L. ""Charlie"" Myers
1932 - 2014
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Charles L. "Charlie" Myers, 82, of Jacksonville died Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born January 21, 1932, in Jacksonville, the son of Clarence C. and Anna Elizabeth Burkery Myers. He married Mary Darush on October 24, 1956, in Jacksonville and she survives.

He also is survived by a daughter, Sue Ann Ballard (husband, Greg) of Jacksonville; a son, David Lee Myers (wife, Wendy) of McDonough, Ga.; a grandson, Hunter Lee Myers of McDonough, Ga.; a half brother, Robert Myers (wife, Kathy) of Valparaiso, Ind.; a niece; a nephew; and several cousins, including Elmer and Lynda DeFrates and Tom DeFrates, all of Bowie, Texas, and Don and Becky Allen of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, H. Virginia Cowden; and a cousin, Harry DeFrates.

Charlie attended Our Saviour School and Routt Catholic High School prior to joining the U.S. Army at a young age. He served as a corporal with the Army's 5th Regimental Combat Team, Fox Company, 2nd Platoon, from 1949 until 1952 during the Korean War. Upon returning to Jacksonville, he worked for NESCO, Thorn and Jacksonville Monument Companies and Starr Brothers Distributing. He worked for 25 years as a stationary fireman at the Jacksonville Developmental Center prior to his retirement.

Charlie had a passion for honoring military service in our community. He was the founder and designer of the Korean War Memorial in Community Park and assisted with the design and relocation of the WW II Memorial in Community Park. He was a member of American Legion Post #279, VFW Post #1379, and Amvets Post #100. In addition, Charlie served as a member of the Combined Veterans Ceremonial Team for 42 years. He was a former member of the Jacksonville Elks, Moose and Eagles fraternal organizations.

Funeral services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Korean War Memorial Maintenance Fund previously established by the Myers family or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be sent online at

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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 24, 2014.
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March 1, 2014
Mary, I am very sorry to hear of your husband's death. His military service and his contributions to our community with the Korean War memorial and other things is truly amazing. My sympathy and prayers are with you and all your family.
Karen Ladd
February 26, 2014
We were sorry to hear about your dad,Sue.We wanted you and Greg to know we are thinking of you during this time. Fred and Phyllis
Fred Wallbaum
February 25, 2014
So sorry to hear about your dad Sue and family. Sending our sympathy and prayers for comfort at this difficult time.
Walt. And Bernie Mason
February 24, 2014
Aunt Mary, Sue & Greg,David & Wendy,
We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you all for the loss of Uncle Charlie. We know it's not easy but we hope that your memories can help you find comfort in the days ahead.
Scottie & Diane Bevill
February 24, 2014
To the family: My sincere condolences on your loss. May the God of all comfort help you through this most difficult time...Psalms 25:16,17.
February 24, 2014
i am sorry to here of your dad passing
February 24, 2014
Dear Sue and Greg,
So sorry to hear about your dads passing. I know how hard it can be. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pam Devlin
February 24, 2014
Sue and Gregg.
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I'm sorry I won't be able to make the visitation but I will be thinking of you.
Pat Warmbier
February 24, 2014
I was sorry to hear of Charlie's recent passing. It is my hope that as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of your family and friends. You are in our prayers.

Sarah Fair & Family
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