A memorial service for longtime Herald sports writer Barry Byers is set for Nov. 2 at South Pointe High School Auditorium.
Byers died Friday at age 61 after a long battle with cancer. Below is an obituary that will appear in Tuesday's newspaper:
Mr. Barry D. Byers, Herald Assistant Sports Editor, died Friday, October 18, 2013. He was 61.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at South Pointe High School Auditorium.
Born March 27, 1952, in Abbeville SC, Barry was the son of the late Ernest Byers and Edith H. Byers of Rock Hill.
A 1970 graduate of Rock Hill High School, Barry’s lifelong love affair with the newspaper business began with a paper route. While still employed with Verona Dyestuffs (Mobay), Barry was attending a ball game and was approached by former Herald sportswriter Earl Gault about the possibility of being a stringer. In the fall of 1983, Barry started his writing career by covering Lewisville High School football games. He left Verona to work at The Herald full time in 1989.
He was a champion of high school sports – not only writing about the ball games, but also the athletes: their personal triumphs, tragedies and unique stories. He was a mentor to many aspiring writers and made friends throughout the state and established contacts across the country.
He kept track of every athlete he wrote about and could recall stats, scores and plays years after they had occurred. He considered many of his subjects to be extended family and welcomed them into his home and his life.
Barry 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, Barry 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 wasn’t 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, Barry 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 one’s choice.
Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.