JOEL LEE MYERS
VIRGINIA BEACH- Joel Lee Myers, 56, passed away in his home on December 2, 2017.
He was born in Charleston, West Virginia and was a graduate of Owen Center in Kanawha Co, West Virginia. Joel participated in the West Virginia/Kanawha Co. School’s Special Olympics, Virginia Beach Special Olympics and the World Games Special Olympics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Joel was a member of “The Chosen” in Virginia Beach and CLASP, Inc. He was an avid Redskin and West Virginia University football fan.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Sandra K. Myers; aunts and uncles, John G. Hebb II, Donna Hebb, John D. Ruddle, Pat Ruddle, Sharon Charbonniez, Kent N. Myers, Shelia Myers; Page O’Connor, his girlfriend of 25 years; Hartley John Jordan, his roommate and best bud of 26 years; good friends, Jay P. Thomas and family and Thomas McMahan of Virginia Beach. Also, he will be remembered by his many cousins in Virginia Beach and West Virginia, with whom he has had a close and loving relationship.
Joel was predeceased by his grandfather, John Glenn Hebb, grandmothers, Edna Hebb and Virginia B. Myers as well as his close WV friend, Robert Johnson.
The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice of Virginia Beach and CNA and friend Victoria Fitzgerald for their support.
Joel was very involved in Special Olympics and it would be an honor to have Joel remembered for his love of Special Olympics and life. Donations may be made to benefit the local Virginia Beach Special Olympics, Area 2 by going to the following website: https://www.tmcfunding.com/search/campaign/1943?layout=single.
Joel began his “Special Olympic Career” in 1968 in Kanawha County, Charleston, WV, running track and field events, while attending Owens Center. He enthusiastically continued with various sports and in 1983 he was selected to attend Special Olympic World Games in Baton Rouge, LA, along with 4,000 other athletes from around the world. He brought home a silver medal, in track, and lasting memories.
In 1985, he moved with his mother to Virginia Beach and instantly began participating in the Virginia Beach Area 2 Special Olympics. Because of their very active program he was able to participate in a variety of sports: volley ball; track and field; soft ball; golf; bowling, and his favorite – basketball. He and his team brought home Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, as well as many 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. He looked forward to practice every weekend and he especially loved the road trips to the annual State Games and other regional tournaments.
Even during his last months he was still eager to get back in the “game”! He loved his teammates and his coaches, especially “Coach Jim Stott”. Being selected to go to State Games and getting the new t-shirt was always a big deal with him, his roommate, Hartley Jordan, and other teammates. His last tournament was bowling, November 2016, just before his 55th birthday. He got a new t-shirt!
Joel embodied the Special Olympian motto –
SKILL, COURAGE, SHARING AND JOY
Condolences may be expressed at www.altmeyerfh.com.
Altmeyer Funeral Home, VA. Beach is in charge of the arrangements.