July 28, 1940-Aug. 31, 2020
James Glen Myers, 80, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at his home in Pelican. Glen was born July 28, 1940, in Provencal to the Rev. J.N. Myers and Mirial Roberts Myers. His family moved to Pelican in 1951 when Bro. Myers became the pastor of the Pelican Baptist Church.
Glen graduated from Pelican High School in 1958, and continued his education at Northwestern State College (now Northwestern State University) where he graduated with a degree in Math Education in 1962. He taught in Vinton, La., before settling back in Pelican for a time as a dairy farmer. Glen and Kathleen Gallaspy married July 21, 1962. After the birth of their two oldest children, Glen and Kathleen moved to Shreveport where Glen was an adjuster for Travelers Insurance for several years. The Myers were drawn back to Pelican in 1974, and Glen began teaching at his alma mater, Pelican High School. He touched the lives of so many students, both as a math instructor and also as the shop teacher. During the 1984-85 school year Glen played a significant role in researching and compiling the materials for the history book Pelican—Our Home. He spent many hours with students at the parish courthouse teaching them how to use the available records, and he copied and preserved hundreds of photographs for the project. He retired from teaching in 2000.
Glen was an active member of Pelican Baptist Church. He served for many years as the chair of the building and grounds committee. He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the current sanctuary in 1967 and the fellowship hall in 1978. Glen assisted over the years with the family farm operations, and baled hundreds, if not thousands, of rolls of hay. He had a fascination with tractors, both old and new. Glen developed a talent for woodturning and woodworking in general. He sawed and planed many cypress boards used in the construction of the family home. Country music was a favorite for Glen, dating back to the days of listening to the Louisiana Hayride on the radio. He was a talented guitar player, but was reluctant to let anyone see or hear him play. He enjoyed listening to many musicians, but Dolly Parton was the favorite.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Robert Marshall Myers.
He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 58 years; daughter, Leigh Ann Myers; son, David Glen Myers and wife Paige; daughter-in-law, Tammy Fisher Myers; grandchildren, Emily Ann Pierite and husband Darrian, Mary Ellen Myers, Jacob David Myers and wife Raleigh, and Sydney Danielle Myers; his sister, Ann Myers Schimmel and husband George; and other extended family members.
A graveside service will be Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Pelican Cemetery. Bro. Mack Black, pastor of Pelican Baptist Church, will conduct the service. Serving as pallbearers will be Alex Hesser, Darrian Pierite, Henry Touchton, Jacob Myers, Konner Parrie and Mitchell Garlington.
The family extends gratitude to Dr. Ben Leggio, to the staffs of Superior Hospice and Louisiana Home Care, and to the at home caregivers who helped so much in the final weeks of Glen’s life.
The family suggests that any memorial donations be given to the Clara Springs Baptist Camp, 4420 Hwy 177, Pelican, LA 71063.