Jay Clarence Byers obituary 1926~2021


Jay Clarence Byers, 94, of Newburg, departed this life on the evening of Sunday, February 14, 2021, at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital.

Jay Clarence Byers
Jay Clarence Byers

He was born on December 11, 1926, in Hopewell Twp., Cumberland Co., a son of the late John A. and Mary (Stitt) Byers.

Jay had several jobs over his lifetime. In his younger years, he started working at the former Penn Pants, where he met his future wife Evelyn. Jay then worked at, the former Valley Baking Co., Letterkenny Army Depot, New Cumberland Army Depot, and NSA Mechanicsburg, from there he retired.

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Jay had also went to school for refrigeration, television, and radio repair and he owned and operated a small local repair business as well as a Westinghouse appliance dealer.

Jay was known to be his family’s collector of miscellaneous spare parts and “Mr. Fix-It.” He was able to fix just about anything and if Jay couldn’t fix it, then it was really broken. Jay also took great pride in being able to help his son’s with building their own homes.

He was a member of the Green Spring First Church of God and served as a trustee for many years. Sometime in the 1970’s Jay and Evelyn traveled to Israel to tour the Holy Land which was a very powerful experience for the both of them.

Jay was also a charter member of the Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Co. No. 51.

In his free time, Jay liked to hunt deer, cut wood, and in the spring, trap groundhogs. He enjoyed spending time in the mountain and being on his tractor any chance that he was able, and very much looked forward to spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by three sons, John E. Byers and wife Emma of Newburg; Dennis J. Byers and wife Linda of Upper Strasburg; and Roger L. Byers and wife Elma of Newburg; five grandsons, John M., Andrew M., Benjamin, Jeremy J., and Roger Jr., Byers; one granddaughter, Jennifer Sue Byers; step grandson, Jeremy R. Smith; seven great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Singer) Byers, who died on July 27, 2012; daughter-in-law, Donna R. Byers; step grandson, Steven Smith; and two brothers, Albert and Merle Byers.

His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, February 22, 2021, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg. Pastor Philip E. Steele and his son, Pastor John E. Byers will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Viewing will be one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Spring First Church of God.


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