MYERS, Michael James, 47, of Sebring, was called home by his Lord July 30, 2005. He was born January 20, 1958, in Melrose, Mass. He attended Avon Park High School and entered the U.S. Army. He returned to Highlands County and joined the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2000 as a lieutenant. Mike was owner of Computers by Mike Myers, and a member of Sebring Sunrise Rotary Club and First Baptist Church, Sebring. He leaves behind a loving family, his wife, Donna; daughters, Amanda Leigh Myers of Sebring, and Linda Myers of East Flatrock, N.C.; son, David of Wauchula, Fla.; brothers, William (Joyce) of Merritt Island, Fla., Steven (Jerilyn) of West Fargo, N.D., Robert of Jasper, Fla., and Mark of Sebring; sisters, Ardelle Heick of Buffalo, N.Y., Janine (Barry) Jones of Sebring, Lisa Woltz of Jamestown, N.Y., and Anna (Donnie) Hall of Waynesville, N.C.; stepbrother, Andrew Leach Jr. of Avon Park, Fla.; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; loyal employees, Phillip and Lance; and his many friends. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Morris Funeral Chapel. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Sebring, with Dr. James Henry officiating. Memorials are requested to Good Shepherd Hospice. Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring.
Back in April 2000 I was young and in need of some work. I was referred to a job by a relative of mine (I’ll call her Lindsay) who thought I would be perfect for the job. I was to “fix the computers and do the networking, and set up new computers and make sure things worked.” for LimoUSA, a Limo Company in Jamestown, NY.
When I arrived there I met Kevin M. Smith, a name that I didn’t realize would carry negative connotations alongside it in coming months. He told me what I would need to do, when he would need me, how much he would pay me, and that he would pay me in Cash. The hours seemed demanding and the pay at the time seemed very well, but I didn’t own a vehicle so I couldn’t meet his schedule. Kevin responded with “No problem.” and got his mechanic to provide me a loaner vehicle, a Black 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT.
So, I drove it away that night, worked every day as I could, organizing all the desks, computers, cables, phones, working on sharing software and making it load fast with Windows 98 computers for Desktop and one for a Server. They all were networked through a 10/100 switch, and they weren’t connected to the internet back in the days. I made a couple goals, such as taking their Telephone T1 and allocating an outbound line for shared internet through a software proxy on the server so that they could use online mapping software instead of the CD mapping software they had to share. The bossman, however, didn’t think that idea. It’s cool He was the boss.
So, weeks passed by and suddenly there was a commotion. It seemed that the offices of LimoUSA were operating a business on property zoned residential. Kevin’s main argument is that he was so close to the Airport that he was not bothering his neighbors and that he should be able to take the time and operate his business while the planning board rezones his property. That failed extravagantly, and suddenly news and media outlets wanted to come inside and we weren’t allowed out.
Long story short, a memorable employment was closed up and a staple on my resume for a short period of time until I got better jobs and it faded away.
Recently my memory was deciding to take a walk down this same lane and I was a bit interested to find information about what happened. This is what I have so far:Read More