In Loving Memory of Charles Francis Myers
January 4, 2016
Born December 21, 1920 in Coalport, a small mining town in Pennsylvania, Charles Francis Myers came from humble beginnings. As a young boy he would go out in the woods and pick huckleberries (known as blueberries now) for his mother to make desserts or can for the winter months. In 1940, he graduated high school in a class of 36 students, who remember him as being a very funny and bright student. He went on to serve in the Air Force and Army after realizing he did not want to work in the coal fields. In the service he discovered a love for travel, which would take him into his career working for the U.S. Government as a communications manager. He traveled to many countries over the span of his career.
During his working days at the Pentagon, Mr. Myers met his wife, Harriet Hart Myers. They lived for many years in Vienna, Va. After his retirement, they decided to move to Bowling Green, Va. to be near Mrs. Myers’ hometown in Caroline County. Mr. Myers had always enjoyed working with his hands in his spare time. He had taken classes earlier in Vienna to learn how to create stained glass artwork, so he continued his hobby after moving to Bowling Green. His artwork was a frequent gift to friends and loved ones.
When Mrs. Myers passed away in 2007, Mr. Myers moved to Hanover Manor Assisted Living in Ashland, Va. He lived there for seven years before moving to Autumn Care Rehab & Nursing Facility in Mechanicsville, Va., where he lived until his death on June 8, 2015 after a courageous fight with cancer.
His estate left more than $500,000 to Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund construction of the Hematology and Oncology Clinic in Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s new pavilion, which will open in March 2016.
The Hematology and Oncology Clinic will be dedicated in his memory, and a dedication sign honoring Mr. Myers will tell people that there was someone that cared enough to help care for the children. He was just a country boy, and look at what he did with his life!
- Submitted by Mrs. Catherine Critcher, a long-time friend of Mr. Myers
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