Longtime Rock Hill sportswriter Barry Byers has lost his battle with cancer.
Rock Hill Herald Editor Paul Osmundson confirmed to WRHI the tenured columnist died Friday. He was 61.
For 30 years, the Rock Hill native has covered high school sports, starting a career with the then Evening Herald in 1989.
Longtime friend and colleague Gene Knight first met Byers in 1983, working at the time for radio stations in York. Knight says Byers’ work will live on.
“He wrote those memories that all of us – whether were involved at the time as a broadcaster, player, coach or player in the stands,” Knight said. “He wrote about that moment in time and that’s what preserved — and that’s what will keep his memory going strong.
Funeral arrangements for Byers have yet to be announced.
Cut 1: Allan Miller, Gene Knight and Bill Warren discuss Byers’ impact on the community.
Cut 2: WRHI’s Chris Miller interviewed Byers what was likely the last football game he covered during the 2012 season.
Cut 3: Rock Hill Herald publisher Debbie Abels joins Allan Miller to discuss Byers’ passing.