A memorial service is planned for Saturday in Rock Hill for longtime Herald sports writer Barry Byers who died on Oct. 18 after a long battle with cancer.
The service will be held at South Pointe High School's auditorium at 2 p.m.
Byers, 61, was the assistant sports editor at the Herald. He'd worked at the paper since 1989, covering prep sports athletes and local high school teams.
Byers often said that the only other career he would have enjoyed would have been to coach high school football and had the opportunity to coach the Lewisville football team for one game in 2004, and achieved a perfect record of 1-0.
For many years, Byers coached several Rock Hill-area little league baseball, youth football and basketball teams and followed the lives and careers of his former players.
When he wasnt at a ball game, writing about a ball game or talking about a ball game, he enjoyed time with his family, driving vacations, watching movies and television and entertaining friends.
In addition to his mother, Byers is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dawn; three daughters, April D. Byers (Jay Neely) and Carly B. Moxley (Hunter), both of Rock Hill, and Becky D. Byers of Hickory NC; his grandchildren, Hunter A. Moxley, Kelsey N. Turner and Vonn Turner, all of Rock Hill; his brother, Brad Byers (Joi); his sisters, Gayla B. Williams (Larry) and Kim B. Smith (Bud), all of Rock Hill; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special thanks to Dr. Kathryn Mileham of Levine Cancer Institute and her caring staff, Robin and Joann; and to Hospice and Community Care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Community Care, the Rock Hill Rescue Squad, or the high school athletic booster club of ones choice.
Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.