Funeral Monday for former Summerville mayor

Mayor Berlin Myers

Former Summerville Mayor Berlin Myers will be laid to rest Monday.

Myers, 98, died Wednesday at his home in Summerville. He was born in Knightsville on March 1, 1917.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave.

Myers, a World War I veteran and lifelong lumberman, became head of the town after the death of Mayor Allan Luke in 1972 and subsequently won 10 elections, serving until 2011. He was also on Town Council from 1965 to 1972.

“All of Summerville is saddened by (Myers’) death,” Mayor Bill Collins said. “He will be missed and I can tell you firsthand how difficult it is to fill his mighty big shoes in the town of Summerville.”

Collins said he last visited Myers two days before his death to give him news about the next phase of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway, a project the former mayor had pushed for half a century.

“I leaned over and told him, ‘We are going to get the Berlin Myers Parkway finished,’ ” Collins said. “Although he was semi-conscious, he opened one eye. I felt like he got the message. I assured him that we’ll get it built and every time I ride on it, I will think about him and all the effort he put into getting the first two-thirds of that project completed.”

Myers is survived by his wife, Marlena Redfern Lewis Myers. He and his late wife, Janie Farmer Myers, had four children: Loretta Atkins (LG), Berlin Myers Jr. (Betsy), Marie Brigham (Ed) and Jimmy Myers, and three granddaughters, Johannah Myers, Elizabeth Brigham and Amy Myers. He is also survived by stepchildren DeLane Lewis (Kevin McKeown) and Van Lewis (Laura) and step-grandchildren Brook and Kevin McKeown and Jake and Callie Lewis.

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