Reverend French Whycliff Myers, Jr., was born to French Whycliff Myers, Sr., and Pearl Elizabeth (Ford) Myers\nin Washington, District of Columbia, on October 10, 1933.\nHis father was a dedicated auto-mechanic for over 40 years, and his mother passed away when he was a\nyoung child. He was lovingly raised by his father and step-mother Eleanor (Brooks) Myers in Bryans Road,\nMaryland, with his younger brothers, Melvin and Vaughn.\nFrench dedicated his life to Christ as a young man while he was a member of Metropolitan United Methodist\nchurch in Indian Head, Maryland. After graduating from Pomonkey High School in Pomonkey, Maryland, he\nmoved to Washington, DC, to pursue his ministry. He attended theological seminary and began his ministry\nunder the supportive mentoring of Rev. George Smith at Union Wesley A.M.E. Zion church in Washington, DC.\nFrench met his future wife, Stella Parish Lowery, while serving at Union Wesley. They were married at Union\nWesley on March 24, 1958.\nAfter serving as a minister at Union Wesley, French moved on to serve as a pastor in the A.M.E. Zion church\nat St. John in Odenton, Maryland, Mt. Tabor in Avondale, Pennsylvania, and Oak Grove in Gaithersburg,\nMaryland. The congregation of Oak Grove worshipped faithfully in the Selby family’s home until the church\nbuilding was constructed under his leadership. He later joined Galbraith A.M.E. Zion church as an associate\nminister and dedicated his ministry there to serving the sick and shut-in of the congregation. Finally, he\nbecame a superannuated minister at Galbraith.\nFrench also worked for many years as a knowledgeable and friendly front desk clerk at the Park Lane,\nWatergate, and Crestwood apartment buildings in Washington, DC. He eventually retired from the\nCrestwood with a great celebration from the management staff and residents of the building, who cherished\nhis kindness and helpfulness for so many years.\nAt a young age, French was greatly inspired by art and poetry. He loved to spend time quietly drawing,\nreading, and writing for hours on end. This inspiration led him to self-teach the art of calligraphy as an adult,\nwhich he mastered and enthusiastically shared with everyone at every opportunity. He loved to\nwrite cards, notes, make signs, and designs – everything – using his talent in calligraphy.\nFrench truly enjoyed riding his bicycle as a young man. He loved to tell stories about riding his bicycle\nall over the countryside in Bryans Road, Indian Head, Marshall Hall, and Pomonkey in Maryland – and\nbeyond. He would ride all day long just for the love of adventure, with no particular destination,\njust to be on his “Wheel.” This brought him a sense of freedom and great joy!\nFrench looked forward to Sunday drives “in the country” with his family after church. He also loved to spend\ntime at Hains Point in Washington, DC, and Gravelly Point in Arlington, Virginia, watching the planes\ntake off and land at the airport. French’s favorite food to eat was Maryland crabs. His children have fond\nmemories of their Dad bringing home a bag of crabs to share. He carefully taught his family how to “crack”\na crab the “right way!” Occasionally, French enjoyed dancing his “little jig” to good music at home with\nhis wife and children. Happy Times!\nFrench loved to sing gospel songs and hymns, and his favorite solos to offer in church were always\n“He Touched Me” and “How Great Thou Art.” He very much loved the fellowship of the church, where\nhe greatly appreciated spending much of his time while on God’s earth.\nFrench passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Howard University\nHospital. He leaves to cherish his precious memory his beloved wife, Stella P. (Lowery) Myers, and\nchildren – Cynthia Myers Taylor (Peter), French Whycliff Myers, III (Sharen, deceased), Valerie Denise Myers,\nand Karen (Gibson) Soto (Kenneth); grandchildren – Naomi, Nina, Nathaniel, Noah, and Nicole Taylor;\nFrench W. Myers, IV, and Stephanie Holliday; Kenneth, Jr., Benjamin, and Jonathan Soto; several greatgrandchildren; his brothers – Melvin Myers (Helen), and Vaughn Myers (Patricia); and many other family\nmembers and friends.\nFinally, and not in the least, we must acknowledge French’s wonderful (and affectionately corny)\nsense of humor. You could not be in his presence without laughing out loud at some point. French\ncould make a joke out of anything (including you), which would often lead to eye-rolling, but always\nled to irresistible laughter. We can see him now in Heaven – dancing his “little jig” and telling jokes to\nhis fellow angels. Do you hear the laughter from above? My, my, my.\nFrench’s memory is a truly blessing to all of us! May he rest in peace, eternally in Heaven.