Omega service set for SC State math professor and athletics Hall of Fame member Leon Myers

Tuesday, May 4, 2021


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – An Omega service in honor of the late Leon Myers will be conducted 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at South Carolina State University’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.


Professor Leon Myers Prior to the service, a viewing will take place in Smith-Hammond-Middleton from 4-5:45 p.m. Those attending services will be asked to follow standard COVID-19 precautions.


“The administration, faculty, staff, and students at South Carolina State University express their sincerest condolences on the passing of Professor Leon Myers who served as an Assistant Professor since August 1972,” said Dr. Learie B. Luke, SC State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Over the years, Mr. Myers had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of students.


“He also made an invaluable contribution to the University as a member of various committees and in the Athletics Department. He will be greatly missed.


“The University will honor the wishes of his family by hosting a viewing and an Omega service Thursday on the campus,” Learie said.


Myers, an assistant mathematics professor at SC State, died Wednesday, April 28, at Lexington Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 74 years old.


In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in his memory be made to the Professor Leon "Knotty Top" Myers Scholarship, which is being established at SC State. All donations should be made payable to the SCSU Foundation, P.O. Box 7187, Orangeburg, SC 29117.


The Georgetown, South Carolina, native spent nearly 50 years in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at SC State. He played a major role in the evolvement of the math department, serving as Coordinator for Recruitment and Retention of Students, organizing study hall and co-authoring a number of publications.


Myers, a 1970 SC State alumnus, also made significant contributions to the university’s Athletics Department, serving for many years as one of the coordinators of the Academic Enhancement Component beginning in 2002. He also assisted with tutorial services and study hall for Bulldog athletes. He was a member of the football game-day press box crew for over 40 years, primarily as a spotter.


In 2016, the Athletics Department honored Myers for his contributions by inducting him into the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame.


In addition, Myers was a longtime area and statewide football, basketball, baseball and softball official, during a career that began in 1970. He later was named the Area Seven Supervisor of Officials, handling assignments for several sports.


A loyal and proud member of Omega Psi Phi Inc., Myers served as advisor to his chapter, Xi Psi, on the campus of SC State.


Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wilds Funeral Home of Georgetown, 130 North Merriman Road, Georgetown, SC 29440. A graveside service is scheduled for May 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Arnette AME Memorial Gardens in Choppee, South Carolina. The family will not be receiving guests due to COVID-19 protocol, according to a family member.


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