Gary Wampler Myers, 65, of Stanardsville, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at UVA Hospital. He was born June 26, 1949, in Staunton, Virginia, to the late Raymond Augustine and Ruth Elizabeth Myers. He is survived by his wife; Patricia Collier Myers of Stanardsville, daughter and son-in-law; Tabatha and Paul Myers of Stanardsville, grandson; Drew Myers of Stanardsville, one brother; Tim Myers of Staunton, mother-in-law; Willie Jean Collier of Stanardsville, two brother-in-laws; John Collier (Butch) and Robert Collier, both of Stanardsville, and sister-in-law; Kathy Myers of Staunton. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Richard Myers (Dickie) and Danny Myers, and sister-in-law; Tammy Myers of Staunton. He is also survived by numerous nieces/nephews, family friends and his wonderful dog Duke.
Gary was born and grew up in Staunton, Va and was able to travel many parts of the world through joining the Navy, being honorably discharged in 1975. He married his loving, devoted wife Patricia 42 years ago in November 1973 and worked at Sperry Marine while attending James Madison University. He was the first to graduate in his family from JMU in 1979 with a Bachelors of Accounting and Finance degree. He worked for many years as an Auditor of Public Accounts and retired in 2004. Gary lived a large part of his life in Earlysville, Va where he obtained many life-long friends/neighbors. He was a member of AICPA and maintained a personal business, Blue Ridge Business Services LLC. He was an active member of Ivy Creek UMC, serving on numerous mission trips, boards and committees throughout his life. In his retirement, he and his wife decided to farm Hidden Valley Farm in Stanardsville, Va. They maintained 60 head of Black Angus cattle, continuing in his father-in-law’s path. When he wasn’t farming, Gary enjoyed being a member of the Orange County HOG Chapter and Patriot Guard, finding extreme enjoyment riding his Harley with his youngest brother Tim, close friend Steve Belvin, and taking trips with the chapter. He always thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his grandson by taking him on tractor/4-wheeler rides and taking family trips to the Outer Banks, NC.
The family will welcome friends at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Ruckersville on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm. A service of remembrance celebrating Gary’s life will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, the Pastor James Thornton presiding. Burial will follow at Ivy Creek Cemetery in Charlottesville. Pallbearers will be lifelong friends Steve Belvin, Shawn Woodson, David Vaden, Bill Jones, Jessie Sheckler and Tommy Eddins. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Orange County HOG Chapter. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation be given to Ivy Creek United Methodist Church – Building Fund, 674 Woodlands Rd. Charlottesville, Va. 22901.
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Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling the arrangements.