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Walter Thomas Myers

May 13, 1941 ~ March 27, 2022 (age 80)

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CAMPOBELLO -- Walter Thomas Myers, 80, of Campobello passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital due to complications from a stroke. 

Walt was born on May 13,1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois to the late James A. and Gertrude M. Myers. He attended York High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in 1963. While at Purdue, he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and elected into Scaboard and Blade, a national military honor society. In addition, Walt was a member of the Purdue Drill Team. In 1962, the drill team won its fifth national championship, and Walt and his teammates were invited to meet President Kennedy in the Rose Garden. The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Purdue was also the provider of a plethora of lifelong friendships and memories.

Upon graduation, Walt entered the Army with a commission as Second Lieutenant Engineer. He was stationed with NASA in Huntsville, AL. Following his active duty, he entered business school at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. However, he left to join the family business, Terrace Supply Company, an industrial gas and welding supply company in Villa Park, Illinois. Walt went on to become President of the company and held this position until his retirement in 2000.

While living in Illinois, he was a charter member of the Villa Park Rotary Club where he held multiple leadership positions and was especially involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange, hosting numerous exchange students. Walt was also elected to the Benjamin School District 25 school board and served for eight years, holding both Vice President and President positions. In addition, he served on the West Chicago District 33 high school board for one year. Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2001, Walt also spent ten years on the West Suburban Bancorp Board of Directors.

Retirement did not slow him down. He was involved with Tryon Arts and Crafts where he taught numerous metal working classes. Walt was instrumental in the creation and building of the Shane Urquhart Metal Studio, a studio offering artisan classes in welding and fabricating metal built in honor of Urquhart. Walt’s final artistic endeavor was a sculpture he designed and created with artisan friends and is displayed on the southwest corner of the Tryon Arts and Crafts School. Walt also served on the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation Board finance committee from 2019-2022.

Walt will never be forgotten. His gregarious personality drew people in, and all will remember him with a smile on his face, laughing and trying to create a light-hearted moment. He loved people and selflessly spent his life helping others without expecting anything in return, whether he was forging an iron gate for a friend or assisting a student hone his craft. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all. Walt will also be remembered for his strong moral character; he lived his life by a set of principles and did not waver from his code of ethics. Education was important to Walt, but it was his thirst for knowledge that really embodied his spirit. His inquisitive nature and need to understand how things work made him the quintessential lifelong learner. However, it was Walt’s love for his family that truly defined him more than anything else. A dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, he would sacrifice anything and everything for those he held most dear.

Walt is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Jo; daughters, Kristen Friedman of Charlotte, NC and Erin Albaridi of Fairfield, CT; and grandchildren, Elise Friedman, Nathaniel Friedman, Analisa Albaridi, and Simone Albaridi. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Greta Lichtenheld. 

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Jacksons Grove United Methodist Church, 2842 North Pacolet Road, Landrum, SC, 29356. A reception will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tryon Arts and Crafts, 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 28787 or Jacksons Grove United Methodist Church.


Funeral Service
April 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Jacksons Grove United Methodist Church (North Pacolet Road)

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