DeWitt Luther Myers, Jr., of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died January 19, 2016. The son of DeWitt Luther Myers and Maurine Parks Myers, now deceased, Mr. Myers was born on November 30, 1925, in Denton, Texas, where he lived his childhood and adolescent years with his parents and younger sister Dorothy, who survives him, as does his wife of nearly 50 years, Alice Crosswell Myers.Following his graduation from Baylor University in 1947 in Waco, Texas, with an undergraduate degree in Bible and psychology, he took a position as Instructor in Psychology at Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth. From there he entered Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, earning his Bachelor of Divinity degree, whereupon he taught Religion at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Later he returned to Southeastern Seminary for his Master’s degree in Theology.While completing his degree, he became pastor of the United Church of Christ in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he met his beloved wife Alice. From there they moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Myers served as the minister at the First United Church of Christ. In subsequent years, he focused on pastoral counseling, beginning his training at Richmond Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, and continuing at Duke University Medical Center, whereupon he became one of three directors of the newly formed Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute (PCCI) in Durham. Eight years later he joined his wife’s practice at Adult Counseling Services in Durham, which later became Counseling Services. In partial retirement he returned to PCCI for the last five years of professional practice.Mr. Myers was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.A service of remembrance will be held at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham, on Friday, January 29, at 11:00 am. Interment of ashes will be at the Roselawn Memorial Park, 3801 Roselawn Drive, Denton, Texas, on Friday, February 5. Memorial contributions may be made to Housing for New Hope, 18 W Colony Place, Suite 250, Durham NC 27705, or the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham NC 27707.
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