OBITUARY

Arthur John Byers

April 22, 1923April 2, 2013

Arthur John Byers was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 22, 1923, and was the youngest son of the late Thomas S. and Jennie G. Byers. He departed this life and entered eternal rest at his home surrounded by family on April 2, 2013, 20 days prior to his 90th birthday. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed traveling and telling great stories. He was deeply devoted to his family, friends and church. He also was extremely close to his parents as well as his older brother, Thomas Robert, who preceded him in death in March 15, 1986. At a very young age, Arthur developed a strong work ethic, one that he later passed on to his children and grandchildren. He attended grade school at P.S. 68 and went on to graduate from Grover Cleveland High, where he was on the baseball team. Early in his professional career, Arthur joined the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, after graduating from the Delehanty Institute in New York. In 1943, Arthur was drafted into the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant while assigned to the 489th Air Engineering Squadron. He served his country with distinction, seeing combat action in the South Pacific during World War II. In 1946, he was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to his position at Mergenthaler Linotype Company, where he retired in 1973 after thirty one years of service. After dutifully serving his country, Arthur also earned a pilot’s license and later purchased and flew a Cessna 140 airplane. He was a proud American, who loved to celebrate Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. He married the love of his life, Hazel Audrey Jensen, also from Brooklyn in 1957. They lived in Queens, New York during the early sixties’ before settling in nearby Commack to raise a family. After retiring from Mergenthaler Linotype Company in 1973, he accepted a position as a contract supervisor for the engineering firm of Bowe, Walsh & Associates, leading public works projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York. His most prestigious position in his career came in 1982 when he was named Deputy Commissioner of Public Works at the Township of Huntington in New York. After completing his tenure there, Arthur and his wife Hazel moved to Acworth, Georgia in 1986. The move was anticipated by their two sons, Kenneth and Robert, who moved to Georgia in the early 80’s. Arthur quickly adjusted to his new life in Georgia by getting heavily involved with the Acworth, Georgia VFW Post 5408 and the Bascomb United Methodist Church. He and wife, Hazel enjoyed taking trips around the southeast visiting friends and relatives. He also took great pride in the immaculate maintenance of both his lawn and his home. After the birth of his grandchildren, Jennifer (1989) and Bryan (1992), he assumed the role of “Popie” and played a significant role in nurturing and caring for them. This was truly a rewarding experience for him as well as his grandchildren. Their bond was enormous, and he made an incredible and lasting impact on their lives. Arthur loved baseball and was an avid fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, then the New York Mets, and he followed the Atlanta Braves passionately. Throughout his entire life, he loved to follow politics, never missing a debate or an election. Arthur was proud of his Scottish heritage and always enjoyed a nice meal at a restaurant with friends and fun activities at home with loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas S. and Jennie G. Byers and his brother, Thomas Robert Byers.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 56 years, Hazel Byers of Acworth, Georgia; two sons, Kenneth Byers (Kelly) of Woodstock, Georgia and Robert Byers of Marietta, Georgia; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Bryan Byers, both of Woodstock, Georgia; sister-in-law, Eleanor Byers and nephew, Thomas C. Byers, Jr. of Thornhusrt, Pennsylvania; and two nieces, Christine (Lapp) DeAbi of Celebration, Florida and Susan (Lapp) Brashear of Mansfield, Texas. Visitation will be held at the Woodstock Funeral Home at 8855 South Main Street, Woodstock, Georgia, 30188 on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 770-926-3107. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Bascomb United Methodist Church located at 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road in Woodstock, Georgia 30189. 770-926-9755. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152. In lieu of flowers the Byers family requests that donations be sent to the Arthur John Byers Memorial in care of the Bascomb United Methodist Church at the above address.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013
  • Burial Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Arthur John Byers

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April 13, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Byers Family from the Wagners in California. Arthur will be missed but his spirit will be kept alive by his family.

Kynyetta Lester

April 10, 2013

My condolences for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to the Byers family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that his memory will live on in your hearts forever.

Robert Byers

April 9, 2013

It is still so hard to believe that my hero, my best friend and the most wonderful father in the world --Arthur John Byers (Popie) -- is no longer with me. I do, however, find some comfort in knowing that he will live on ....in my heart with fond memories of all the wonderful times we shared, the places we went, the laughter, the tears, and the many important things he taught me.

My dad was special in so many ways. He lived a long, rich and fulfilling life. He lived life to the absolute fullest, always enjoying precious time with me and the rest of our family. Also, my dad touched the lives of so many other people in a positive way, and those who met him once, never forgot him.

He was a gentle giant, with a warm smile and a firm disposition. Dad was devoted to his family, his friends, his church and his country.

My dad always knew exactly what to say and what to do, no matter how large or small the situation, problem, disappointment or celebration.

He was my role model and I hope to continue to honor my father's legacy by being the best person I can be. No doubt, he wouldn't have it any other way.

To you dad: I love you more than anyone can ever imagine, and I will carry you in my heart for eternity.

-- Your loving son,

Linda Moffat

April 9, 2013

The Cruse-Moffat family extends our heartfelt condolences to the Byers family. Robert is a dear friend who we love very much. It is evident that Mr. Byers raised a wonderful son and we are sure he was very proud of Robert and his brother Ken. Please find comfort in knowing that Arthur John Byers has joined the Saints and is at rest.

Diana Bird

April 9, 2013

Art and Hazel have been neighbors of mine for over 20 years. I have fond memories of Art through the years. Especially he and his dog, Fred, New Year's Eve on our street, and Bryan and Jennifer visiting when they were little! May God comfort you, Hazel.

Diana Bird

Kelly Byers

April 9, 2013

You will be missed every day. You were a great husband, father and grandfather. Thank you for making a tremendous impact on my children!

Millie Kim

April 9, 2013

A great prayer warrior joins the cloud of witnesses...Art will be greatly missed at Bascomb United Methodist Church.

April 8, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Byer family. John place seems so long ago.

Donna Sweeting (Baxter)

April 8, 2013

Sincere condolences to the entire Byers family...always fond memories of our days on John Place. Thank you for sharing through photos your journey with Arthur. May you find comfort in knowing he is now HOME with our Creator.

April 8, 2013

The God of all comfort will comfort you in your time of sorrow. (2Cor. 1:4)

C Johnson