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Sylvester Myers

Sylvester Myers ( Class of 1986 ) passed away November 16 , 2020 , in Tampa , Florida . He was 88 . He was the founder of S . C . Myers and Associates , a construction management consulting company .
Sylvester was born in Eckman , West Virginia , and raised in Keystone . After graduating from high school in 1950 , he joined the Army and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War .
Following an honorable discharge in 1953 , Sylvester returned to West Virginia and eventually earned his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluefield State . He later earned a Master ’ s Certification in Government Contracting and Project Management from George Washington University .
Sylvester re-entered the Army in 1962 , joining the Corps of Engineers . This led to multiple assignments and increasing degrees of responsibility . He served a total of 25 years , the last 11 of which were in Saudi Arabia as Chief Cost Engineer .
According to an entry in the Congressional Record by former Congressman Nick Rahal honoring his 75th birthday , Myers was the “ budget watchdog ” for a $ 20 billion military construction program in that country .
Sylvester retired from the Corps in 1987 , returning to Washington , D . C ., where he founded his construction management consulting company . Over the next twenty years , he and wife Janice built S . C . Myers and Associates into a successful corporation with offices in Washington , D . C ., Bramwell , WV , Boston , MA , and Baltimore , MD .
Among many professional and civic activities , Sylvester was former president of the American Association of Cost Engineers . He was also former chairman of the Institutional Advisory Board at Bluefield State .
In 1999 , he received a Presidential Citation from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education ( NAFEO ) for his work on behalf of the College . In 2008 , Sylvester and Janice were honored as Bluefield State ’ s “ Executives-in-Residence .” In 2009 , he delivered the College ’ s commencement address .
Later in life he published an autobiography , From Coal Fields to Oil Fields and Beyond : A Life in Pursuit of All I Could Be . It chronicles his life from a McDowell County coal camp to the presidency of an internationally respected company .
Sylvester is survived by his wife Janice , daughters Mary and Sylvestine ( Tina ), son Sylvester ( Duke ), step-daughters Pamela Colbert and Carla Washington ( Joseph ), 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren .
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