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ANDOVER: Carl James Byers was born on June 4, 1935 in Crowley, La. to the late John and Lena Mae (Lambert) Byers. He was the first child of seven sisters and one brother. He departed this life on August 23, 2015 quietly and peacefully at home with his devoted wife of 53 years, Marjorie, and loving daughter Carla at his side.

Carl received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southern University, Louisiana. He was a four-year member of the ROTC. Following graduation, he entered the U.S Army rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant. He received a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from New York University; and was a certified civil engineer. He was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Carl was the Deputy Regional Director, Office of Public Housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was responsible for the oversight of four Field Offices in six states. He mobilized the Boston Disaster Housing Office, providing temporary housing to families displaced by disaster. The model was replicated in West Virginia. He was appointed to serve as the Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor, Boston.

On a local level, Carl was very active in the Andover community serving on several Boards: Finance Committee; Planning Board; Conservation Committee, and the Lowell Historic Commission. The municipal appointment nearest and dearest to his heart was serving as Chair of the Andover Housing Partnership Committee. The AHPC reviewed affordable housing plans and made funding recommendations. Andover was the third municipality in the Commonwealth to consider such plans. Well aware that housing costs in Andover were prohibitive, in order to ensure that Andover’s teachers, fire fighters, and police were able to live in the town where they served, Carl urged the AHPC to consider a mixed-income development in Andover. Contentious debate ensued, but the AHPC approved the plans resulting in the mixed-income developments located at The Brookside Estates and Abbot’s Pond.

Carl’s presence will be sadly missed by his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Carla of Andover, and Darlene Byers of Los Angeles; grandsons, Toussaint Hays of Atlanta, and Sa’id Shamsuddin of Los Angeles; sisters, Ruth Wilson, Crowley, La., Catherine Pitts, Geraldine LaCharity, Elaine George, Marvin Byers and Marlene Teete, all of Los Angeles; brother-in-law, Calvin Eubanks, Baton Rouge, La.; nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and friends.

Carl’s interests included politics because he cared passionately about the human condition. He and his wife traveled the globe and he took pride in the fact that he blended easily with the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt and Sicily. He also enjoyed The Boston Pops, reading, cross-country skiing, and his beloved Boston Celtics and New England Patriots.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made In Memory of Carl J. Byers to Dr. Robert R. Faust – Lahey Medical Health Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

To sign the guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.

The memorial service will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, on October 3 at 11 a.m.
Published on  October 1, 2015
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