Irvin Myers, 90, of Hampton, Tenn., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at his residence. Irvin was born in Huntingdon, Pa., to the late Michael G. Myers and Meda Jean Garner Myers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Salle Jane Foster Myers.
Irvin was a proud United States Army veteran, having served valiantly in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Army as Sergeant First Class and was very proud of his American heritage. Irvin attended Hampton Christian Church and was a proud member of the NRA, International Footprinters Association and was a member of the Kingsport Civil War Roundtable. Irvin was also a talented writer, writing the book entitled “We Might as Well Die Here,” detailing the Pennsylvania 53rd Regiment during the Civil War. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing, loved to fly and most of all, loved his family.
Those left to cherish Irvin’s legacy include three daughters, Sandra Gillespie and husband John of Denver, Colo., Susan Creger of Hampton, Tenn., and Paula Hamilton and husband Alan, also of Hampton, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Sean Gillespie (Rachel), Chris Gillespie (Adrienne), Aubrey Hamilton (Cassie) and Zachary Hamilton (Nicky); and eight great-grandchildren, Mariah Gillespie, Makayla Gillespie, Brook Gillespie, Graham Gillespie, Brennan Gillespie, Olivia Hamilton, Gage Hamilton and Collin Hamilton.
A service to honor the life of Irvin Myers will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. Dwayne Calhoun, minister, officiating. Music will be provided by Greg Odom and Anna Hurley. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 3 until 4 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Military Honors to be accorded following the funeral service by the United States Army. The service will also be live-streamed on the Tetrick Funeral Home Facebook page. The private graveside service will be conducted at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Irvin’s beloved grandsons, Sean Gillespie, Chris Gillespie, Zachary Hamilton, Aubrey Hamilton, Allen Winters and John Gillespie. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Amedysis Hospice — Jerry, Chelsea, Emily, Stacy, Kayla, Beka and Chaplain Chris Hughes — for the loving care given to Mr. Myers during his illness. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 861 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2020 Meadowview Parkway, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN 37660 in Irvin’s memory. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Irvin Myers and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information and Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.