MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Former Alabama State Senator Harry E. "Hap" Myers, Jr. has died following an extended battle with cancer.
Myers, who represented constituents in the Mobile area, was first elected to the Senate in 1994, and was commended by his colleagues for "distinguished legislative service" when he retired in 2006.
An Auburn University graduate with dual degrees in Business Administration and Civil Engineering, the senator worked as a professional consulting engineer for more than 40 years.
He was heavily involved in his community through various professional, civic, educational and charitable organizations including the Coastal Recovery Commission, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Forward Mobile, Mobile Community Foundation, Business Council of Alabama, United Way, Regions Bank, St. Paul's Episcopal Day Church and Day School, and the Society of American Engineers.
Alabama Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) said he and his wife "were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Senator Myers this morning. Hap Myers was one of the most capable and honorable people that I ever served with in the Senate,"
Myers' seat was filled by Senator Rusty Glover, who called the former lawmaker a very honorable public servant who served his constituents with great passion.
"I met with Senator Myers several months ago and his enthusiasm for the legislative process and service to our state was as apparent as ever," Senator Glover said. "His love for the state of Alabama and his constituents leaves behind a legacy of dedicated service that serves as a model for every elected official to follow."
Senator Myers is survived by his wife, Toni, and their three children.