Charles W. Byers, Jr.

Charles W. Byers, Jr.

Charles W. Byers, Jr., 94, of the Windy Hill Section, N. Myrtle Beach, died April 13, 2012, of natural causes. He was born December 17, 1917 in Augusta County, Va. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles (Pop) Byers, Sr.; his mother, Hazel Williams Byers; one sister, Virginia Byers Frost of Charlotte, NC; his first wife of 53 years, Barbara Hinson Byers; and his second wife of 7 years, Zola Farley Byers. He is survived by one son, Robert H. Byers and wife Carol of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; stepson Robert Farley and wife Sue of Dayton, Va.; stepdaughter Rebecca Martin and husband Jack of Dayton, Va.; stepdaughter Beth Farley and husband Trent of Blue Grass, Va.; stepson Don Farley of Harrisonburg, Va.; sister Rebecca White and husband Robert of Fayetteville, NC; sister Jean Morgan of Sanford, NC; and sister Mary Jane Kuklinski of Corpus Cristi, TX. Mr. Byers had many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Charlie, as everyone knew him, will always be remembered for his warm smile and optimistic personality. He truly tried to be friends with everyone and loved to strike up conversations with strangers. He also loved to play golf and had 3 holes-in-one, even though he was always an 18 handicapper. Charlie served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during World War II. He was in the Headquarters Company of the 305th Quartermaster Divison, which transported fuel for General Patton’s tanks. He was awarded the Bronze Star Metal for action in Normandy. In 1947 Charlie and his wife Bobbie moved to the beach to finish construction of a fishing pier/subdivision, which is now the Windy Hill Section of N. Myrtle Beach. He owned Byers Realty for 50 years until his retirement. For 30 years Donald A. Moore managed approximately 200 weekly beach house rentals for Byers Realty, while the late Paul Nance operated Byers Insurance Co. Charlie retained his real-estate license and Realtor membership until he died; forever proud of his profession. He was a founding member, past Deacon, and past Elder of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. He was most happy in the position of Deacon so he could help with church finances. Charlie was not a politician at heart and never ran for any public office, but he was once appointed to the Horry County School Board. He helped organize the Windy Hill Volunteer Fire Group and served as its President. He served as Lieutenant Governor for the district Civitan Club, served on the Horry County Development Board, and the Horry County Equalization Board. He served on the local advisory Board of SCNB for 23 years. He was a founding board member of Ocean View Memorial Hospital, serving many years. He was a founding member of the Dunes Club, leaving to help organize the Surf Club, where he served as its first President for two terms, before stepping down to help lead a group to build one of the first commercial golf clubs, Sea Gull Golf Club. He was subsequently co-founder, usually in partnership with his long time friend E.W. Jerdon, of Quail Creek Golf Club, Burning Ridge Golf Club, Grand Investment Club, Indian Wells Golf Club, Little River Bowling Lanes, Golf Hill Par 3, Rose Hill Golf Club and Crown Park Golf Club. He was Grand Marshal of the 1999 N. Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival. On June 28, 2011, Charlie was inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:30 PM Monday April 16, 2012 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach, with a graveside service and internment following at 2:00 PM at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens (Barefoot), with the Rev. Dr. Robert Wilkes officiating. An online guestbook is available at McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach is handling the arrangements.
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Robert W. Barkalow, Jr.
Columbia, SC
Created On: 06/15/2012 18:17:42

[b]I grew up as a teenager in the Windy Hill area, and although I did not know Charlie that well due to our age difference, he always struck me as being the epitome of the Greatest Generation. He was a entrepeneur, especially when it came to bringing golf to the Grand Strand. So he and Ed Jerdon to me were the "Fathers" of Golf on the Grand Strand with their forward thinking. They both should be commended for their foresight and skills to make the beach what it is now. I knew Charlie was a WWII vet, but didn't know what he partipated in. My brother who works at the Grand Strand Hospital told me he would visit Charlie occasionally and found him in good spirits and alert as all get out. He was a good man, and we will miss him.

N. Myrtle Beach
Created On: 04/24/2012 13:48:33

Charlie, golf would never been the same in the Grand Strand without his influence.

Myrtle Beach
Created On: 04/24/2012 08:50:30

Thank you for allowing us to help serve your family during your dad's death. He was a wonderful man.

Ed Scher
Created On: 04/15/2012 22:41:53

Daddy Byers
Thank You for the time that we knew each other. You have touch my family over the years by just being a great person. You will be missed.

Robert Spangler
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 04/14/2012 22:34:03

I am sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies goes out to the family.

The Myrtle Beach golf industry has been developed into the "golf mecca" that it is today in large part to Mr. Byer's development and dedication.

Myrtle Beach will miss him, however; wil not forget him. "Rest in Peace," Mr. Byers!

linda a craun
arlington, texas
Created On: 04/14/2012 11:07:52

To the family-

I was blessed to have a opportunity to meet and spend some moments of time with Charlie. He defintely had a powerful presence and a everlasting impression.Please know he left me with a wonderful admiration and affection for him. So sorry for your loss- my thoughts and prayers are with you and remain with his spirit.
Bless you Charlie--

Byers, Jr.
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