MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 10, 2013

Prince Edward Myers

1924-2013


— On December 27, 1924, the Lord almighty within the power of His permissive way gave Henry S. and Lillian Owens Myers a “Prince” that would be admired, endeared and appreciated by his family and who God would be pleased with. It was on this date that Prince Edward Myers was born. Prince served his country in the United States Army 555 Airborne Infantry from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1949. In 1951 the Prince married his princess, Miss Willie Mae Slaughter, who would be his queen for sixty-two years. Four children were added to this union. Prince and his family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma in the home that he built from the ground up. It is still the Myers residence today where their children, grandchildren, great grands, other family and friends enjoy food, good fellowship and the great wisdom the Lord imputed into their home. Prince gave his life to Jesus Christ and was baptized at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He was dutiful to his church in serving as an usher. Later as a part of Prince’s Christian experience, he united with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. B.W. Noble. He served as usher and was a personal friend and ally to Rev. Noble and the current pastor Rev. Marlon Coleman. He remained loyal to his church until he was called from labor to rest. Prince was extremely talented with his hands and demonstrated that talent in various professional occupations he held throughout his many careers. He lent his talents to the cause of helping others by working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the VA Medical Center for over thirty years. He also worked at a shoe store making shoes. Prince was a master craftsman; building cabinets, home furniture, repairing and remodeling used furniture. To further master his crafts he entered the Vo-Tech where he learned the art of brick masonry and carpentry. As fate would have it he became a member of Prince Hall Grand Lodge. He held many titles such as Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Worshipful Master, District Deputy Scribe, Excellent High Priest and so many other titles and positions. In addition to his Lodge, he was active as a past PTA President, Voters Registration Committee and a Scout Master. Prince was a man who treasured the words that only a picture could tell. The Myers family maintained a vast amount of pictures, many of which are in frames that Prince made. There was a designated “Wall of Fame” that consisted of family, friends, dignitaries, politicians, and a picture of President Bill Clinton taken with his wife, Willie Mae. Family was top priority for Prince and he leaves a larger than life family to cherish their memories of him. They include his wife, Willie Mae Myers, his four children, Leta Judy Grayson, Larry Myers, Lesa Engram and LaSarah Myers. Thirteen grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren, sixteen great-great-grandchildren, nieces, great and great-great nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. The going home service for Prince Myers will be held Monday, February 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Marlon Coleman officiating. He will be laid to rest with military honors in Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Visitation hours are today from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Services are under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center.