Frank Byers

BYERS, Frank R., Jr., 74, of Weirton, passed away on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was at home with his family at his side.

Frank was born on June 5, 1938, in Follansbee, WV, a son of the late Frank R. and Winnie Johnston Byers Sr. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Kerns.

A 1956 graduate of Follansbee High School, Frank served his country in Germany in the United States Army.

He was a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, sharing season tickets with his son, Michael, where the two of them made many Sunday trips to Cleveland.

For those of you who may remember, Frank coached Girls Senior League Softball for 16 years. He spent an additional 10 years as the grounds keeper for the Weirton Baseball Association.

He was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” in 1995 by the Weirton Baseball Association. He later received “Citizen of the Year” award in 1995 from West Virginia Northern Community College.

He was a faithful member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church and a proud member of Follansbee High School 1954 State Champion Football Team.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Betty Ann Korbel Byers; his children, Michael (Jill) Byers, and Nancy (Eric) McGraw, all of Weirton and Cathy (Dillon) Reimer of New Jersey; his two grandchildren, Anna and Andrew, both of Weirton; his two brothers, Robert and Richard Byers of Weirton; and a sister, Ruth Ash of Lima, Ohio.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton.

Interment will follow at Saint Paul Cemetery, with military services conducted by American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 1000 Dupont Road, Box 7, Morgantown, WV 26505; or to Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 229 California Ave., Weirton, WV 26062.

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