Elder Randal Bryant Myers

Published 8:14 pm Friday, March 8, 2013

Funeral services for Elder Randal Bryant Myers are 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Union Primitive Baptist Church in Ruth, with burial in the church cemetery. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church.

Elder Myers, 64, died March 6, 2013, at his home. He was born in Mississippi on Aug. 21, 1948, to James Melvin Myers and Doris Helen Westbrook Myers.

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He was a graduate of Bogue Chitto Attendance Center, William Carey College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Diane Jones Myers; parents, Elder Melvin and Doris Myers; and one sister, Patty Myers.

Survivors are his fiancée, Elizabeth Holland Hawkins; sons, James Frederick Myers and wife, Katrina Isaac Myers of Dallas, and Joseph Bryant Myers and wife, Kristy Chabert Myers, of Galliano, La.; daughters, Candace Myers Broadway and husband, Mitchell, of Charlotte, N.C., and Lynnsey Myers Douglas and husband, Gordon, of Brandon; sisters, Sandra Myers Laird and husband, Russell, of Brookhaven, and Polly Myers Reeves and husband, Dennis, of Bogue Chitto; seven grandchildren, Isaac Myers, Noah Myers, Joseph Myers, Gracie Myers, Ella Myers, Caleb Myers and Samuel Broadway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Brother Randy was a faithful pastor to Union Primitive Baptist Church in Ruth for 24 years and to New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Tylertown. He treasured the churches and the church members were his best friends. He had endless faith in God’s power and never hesitated to pray for anyone, any time, any place. Whenever anyone was worried he knew the best way to help was to pray. He prayed for the sick, the lonely, for children taking important tests, even for chickens to begin laying eggs so his church members could make a living.

Randy’s faith and optimism didn’t end with the church; he carried it with him in every endeavor he undertook. Randy was blessed with a very sharp mind and a true innovative spirit. As founder and president of Super Sweet Inc., he developed a process for turning waste sugar cane byproducts into a useful and valuable resource. He enjoyed his work and was happy applying his mind to an environmental problem and finding a logical solution.

Randy always said his most valuable possession, though, was his family. He and his wife Diane, raised four children who love each other and the church, all have college degrees, wonderful spouses, and beautiful healthy children. His grandchildren were his greatest joy and he enjoyed trying to spoil them all every chance he got. We are thankful for the life he lived, the joy he brought to every one around him, his boundless generosity and most of all his faith in God that never failed him.

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