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Obituaries 12/28/2017

Harvis Leon French

OXFORD—Harvis Leon French, age 92, died Monday, December 18, 2017, in the Veterans Home at Oxford.


Born September 2, 1925, in Paris, Mr. French was a son of the late Harvis Emmet French and Ida Mae Burk French. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Harvis was a member of Drivers Flat Baptist Church. He was a retired auto mechanic and enjoyed working in his garden. He loved animals, taking care of his family and was the best husband ever.


The funeral service was held Thursday, December 21, at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Stacy Watkins officiating. Burial was in Jumpers Chapel Cemetery.


Survivors include his wife, Ina Mae French of Water Valley; four daughters, Janet French of Toms River, N.J., Candice French of Keyport, N.J.,Elizabeth French of Water Valley, and Patricia Pratt of Water Valley; two sons, Wayne French of Jackson, N.J., and Boyd Steele of Byhalia; 10 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 


Along with his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters and one brother.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Patrick Myers

COLUMBUS—Dr. Robert “Bob” Patrick Myers, 85, of Columbus passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Columbus.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with the funeral service following with Rev. Anne Harris as officiant. Interment was in Pine Flat Cemetery, Oxford, with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.

Born February 6, 1932 in Magee, Dr. Myers was a son-in-law of Luke Patrick and Minnie Magee Myers. He graduated from Magee High School in 1950, attended Millsaps College where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, then received his BS degree in chemistry from Ole Miss. Dr. Myers graduated from University of Mississippi Medical School and completed his residency at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. 

Dr. Myers served as a medic in the US Army and began practicing in Jackson in the field of family medicine where he had the privilege of delivering his daughter, Jo-Anna Myers Bolton. He also received a degree from the Mississippi School of Law. He attended Samford University where he received his pharmacy degree. Dr. Myers was over the Atomic Medical Hospital at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula.

He later did a fellowship in dermatology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham,and started a dermatology practice in Birmingham, and later moved that practice to Columbus, where he started seeing patients in 1978 and practiced until 2012.

He created the Myers Itch Cream and had a significant role in the creation of Aquaphor Ointment. He loved his work because it gave him the ability to help people. He was known to many as the shingles doctor, and he gave speeches on the topic throughout the United States.


He was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Columbus Rotary Club and he was active with the Palmer Home and Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, as well as several nursing homes throughout Columbus. He saw patients after hours at Baptist Hospital and also helped during disaster relief efforts across Mississippi by offering his expertise in times of need.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Myers, and his sister, Patricia; Steen.


Dr. Myers is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joann Taylor Myers of Columbus; his daughter, Joanna Myers Bolton (Paul) of Columbus; a step-daughter, Lorrie Brandy of Oxford; step-grandchildren, Megan Beemster, Sarah Beemster, and Sam Beemster; and three brothers-in-law, Benny Cole, Kenny, and Tim Taylor, all of Water Valley.


Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Medial Clinic, P. O. Box 661, Columbus, MS 39701,  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or the charity of donor’s choice.

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