frank byers, jr.
Frank R. Byers, 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 & 6-8 PM Tuesday at Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM 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 Avenue Weirton, WV 26062

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  1. What a wonderful person Frank was. There is no one like him. We admired him for his love and devotion to his family. He was so faithful to his God and loved Him with all of his heart. He had so many friends and was a friend to everyone. I’ll miss the long talks we had about the Browns and the Colts and Ron will miss the conversations about cars and a myriad of other things. He is now safe in his Savior’s arms.

  2. Cathy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I remember when he took us to the championship game for Weir High when it was in Morgantown. He was a saint to deal with us all in the car. He was a very sweet man. You all have my condolences. Amy (Griffin) Hatfield and family

  3. God our father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. Pray for the dead, especially Frank R. Byers. May those who have been dear to him in life find a a place with You in heaven. Lord those who die still live in Your presence; Frank’s life changes but does not end. Pray in hope for Frank’s family, relatives, and friends. In company with Christ who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your Kingdom where all our tears are wiped away. Unite Frank’s family together as one family, to sing Your praise forever and ever. From The Catholic Book of Prayers

  4. Frank watched me grow up on braxton road he always had kind words for me and young people growing up. God bless him and his family.

  5. Betty, Ruth and I were saddened to have learned of Franks passing. Our heart felt condolence goes out to you and your family.

  6. family of Frank, Frank will always be remembered as a fixture at Weirton baseball association. He loved my daughter Jan even though she never played for him. He always had a smile on his face and never got down on a girl. He will always be remembered by the Hamill family. sincerely Jerry

  7. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Betty and the entire family. Frank and I worked together@ APCI Weirton for 9 years at which time i transferred out of state. I remember receiving a letter from Betty many years ago describing how dedicated Frank was to the Weirton ball fields and players After that I often thoughtI of him doing the work on the fields enjoying himself. Like frank, i too am battling Cancer for the past year and a half so I can appreciate what he and the family must have gone thru. Frank was a good man and I am proud to have known him. Sincerely, Chris Wayt

  8. Betty, So sorry to hear about Frank. May the memories that the two of you have shared through the years bring you peace and comfort. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Barb

  9. Betty and family, We are saddeded by Frank’s leaving his earthly life and all the laughter and good times he brought into our lives. May God watch over all of you at this difficult time and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Byron,Charlene, Amber, and Teri

  10. Where do I start with all the memories I have of this wonderful man and father that I have been so blessed to know!? Mr.B you will live on forever in my memories and heart ! You gave us softball girls so many wonderful memories that I am forever grateful for . I feel like you were one of my biggest fans and cheerleaders …. I will always remember your warm smile and BIG heart !!! I will miss you dearly !! To the entire Byers family , my deepest sympathies, I am heartbroken — may the angels lead you into paradise Mr. B !!!! Much love to all , gina

  11. A friend & neighbor, Frank will be sorely missed. He was a friend to all, a stranger to no one. His friendliness,his smile, his hand wave to say “Hello”, his sense of humor will never be forgotten. He has left a mark on our hearts. Betty,Michael & Jill, Nancy & Eric, Cathy & Dillon, grandchildren Anna & Andrew you are in our thoughts & prayers. Rest in Peace Frank! Sincerely, Michael & Marlene Runkel

  12. Betty & family. So very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He fought a hard battle and is now at peace. My family will always have great memories of our times during the soft ball years. Prayers to your family

  13. Betty and Family Prayers go out to your family. I worked with Frank for 10 years. He was a great coworker and true friend. He will be missed by all.

  14. I am sorry to hear the news of Mr. Byers passing. May everyone find peace and comfort at this difficult time. – Leeann

  15. Betty, Mike, Nancy and Kathy, Frank was a devoted man to his family the Browns,and of course all of the the girls softball teams from Weirton. Betty Steph,Mom and I are deeply saddened by Frank’s passing. Frank was a great friend to Marcin & Francis Wargacki. We will remember him and the family in our prayers.

  16. Betty and Family, Our 16 years affiliated with Frank and the Weirton Air Products team still ring fond memories. Frank was always one to share a laugh and will surely be missed. Our hearts go out to you all on your loss. Marc and Dawn Steinman

  17. Dear Betty and Family, So sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. His personality and sense of humor were always so welcome when he would come to Dr. Ard’s office. It was always a pleasure to know you and work with you, and I always considered you and your family as friends, not patients. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time, and may you find comfort in the many wonderful memories that you have of Frank. Take care, and may God bless. Kathie and Frankie

  18. Dear Betty Ann and family. I was so surprised when I went on the site to hear about Frank. I send my deepest sympathy. Keep God in your heart and it will help. Will try to talk to you soon. Love Donna

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