Edward Archie Myers was born July 21, 1926 in Safety Harbor, Florida, to Edward and Hattie Williams Myers. At a young age, his mother and siblings moved to South Bend, Indiana.
Edward graduated from Washington High School in 1945. During his senior year, he was drafted into the United States Army for WWII. Due to the GI Bill, he was able to attend Central State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his Masters Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Edward began his teaching career in Lexington, Kentucky. Afterward he moved back South Bend, Indiana, and taught at Linden Elementary School. Edward was the first African American coach in South Bend and during his career, he won three City Basketball championships. In 1969 Edward A. Myers became the first African American Principal for the South Bend Community School Corporation.
Edward was transferred to the Administration building and held the following positions: Supervisor of Adult Basic Education Evening Program, Director of the Career Opportunity Program, State & Federal Project Coordinator and Counselor in the Pupil Personnel Department.
Edward has served on various boards, some are: Hansel Center, Urban Youth Services and was a member of Representative Tim Roemer’s screening committee.
Edward was honored by receiving the Key to the City of South Bend, a recipient of the Trailblazer Award and was inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame.
Edward A. Myers Sr., will always be remembered as a man who took pride in helping others. His Christian upbringing from Grace AME Zion Church taught him the value of serving others. He was a charter member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and loved mentoring young men to stand tall and proud.
“What a Mighty Good Man”
On his time, he was a master gardener, a flower enthusiast, a magician, a phenomenal educator and a spectacular husband, father, son and friend.
Edward was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Myers; sister, Ruth Merriweather; brother, William Myers; and son, Edward A. Myers Jr.
Edward is survived by wife Sylvia; children: Gwendolyn Tillman, Janelle Myers, Charlotte (Kevin) Stokes, Douglas Myers, Regina Myers, Jeffrey (Manitika) Myers and Allison (Andre) Wells. Edward has 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Hattie Roundtree; aunt, Florida Maxwell; and sister‑in‑law, Mary Myers; along with a host of many relatives and friends to mourn his passing.