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Beatrice “Bea” Myers 1927-2017

17067Beatrice Myers died June 8, 2017.  Beatrice, who was called “Bea” by her family and friends, went to be with her Lord and Savior on    June 8, 2017, after a long struggle with dementia.

Bea was born in Chesterfield, South Carolina, in March of 1927, to John and Lillie May Sellers.  After high school, she worked locally at Springmaid Mills and helped to support her eight siblings.  In 1952, Bea met a handsome young sailor, Jerry Myers, from Decatur, Illinois (Bea’s family fondly refers to him as “the Yankee”), who swept his beautiful Southern belle off her feet.  Bea and Jerry were married six months later at White Springs Baptist Church in Lancaster, South Carolina.  They soon moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where Bea had their first child, Sandra, while her young husband was deployed.  Two years later, Jerry moved Bea to his hometown, Decatur, Illinois, to start their life together.  They had two more daughters, Linda and Vicki, while living in Illinois.  Bea trained as a cosmetician at Merle Norman Cosmetics, and later joined the Luzier Cosmetics sales team as a skin-care consultant.  Bea was also an excellent seamstress who copied designs she saw in local dress shops so that her girls could wear the latest styles.  The family attended Riverside Baptist Church, where Jerry was a deacon and Bea sang in the choir.  At the time of her death, Bea and Jerry had been married for 64 years.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patricia Snipes of Charleston, South Carolina, and Ruth Griffin of Pageland, South Carolina; and three brothers, John Sellers of Clinton, Tennessee, and Aaron Sellers and Delbert Sellers, both of Lancaster, South Carolina.

Bea is survived by her husband Jerry; a sister, Ann Dobson of Alexandria, Virginia; two brothers, Howard Sellers of  Lancaster, South Carolina, and Thomas Sellers, of Charlotte, North Carolina; three daughters, Sandra Long (Allen) of Raleigh, North Carolina; Linda Bowman (Barry) of Glen Burnie, Maryland; and Vicki Dewiel (Dale) of Prospect, Ohio; four grandchildren, Justin and Brandon Bowman and Isaac and Megan Dewiel; and one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear family friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June, 13, 2017, at Macon Cemetery, where Bea will be interred.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care.