John C. Myers‚ 61‚ died January 3‚ 2009‚ when another vehicle collided with the fire truck he was driving in heavy smoke conditions at the scene of a wildfire. He was a founding member of the Union Chapel Volunteer Fire Department and had been active with the department for six years.
John was born October 3‚ 1947‚ the son of Vernon Clarence Myers and Paulene Marie Dyer Myers‚ and was a lifelong resident of the Wesley area. He attended Limestone Gap and Pittsburg schools.
John worked as a rancher and tractor mechanic and was a John Deere collector. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed hunting‚ fishing‚ and spending time with his four grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years‚ Stella ‘Joyce’ Robinson Myers; sons‚ Jason (Ladonna) Myers and Juston (Renae) Myers; grandchildren‚ Duncan‚ Cole‚ Jaxon‚ and Ellie; his mother and stepfather‚ Pauline and William Ellison; sister‚ Verna Ruth (Donnie) Caudill; brother Teddy (Kathy) Myers; nieces‚ nephews‚ extended family‚ and many friends.
He loved people and was very dedicated to the fire department and to helping people in the community.