Funeral service for actor Lou Myers set for Friday

CHARLESTON (AP) — A funeral service for actor Lou Myers will be held Friday in his home state of West Virginia.

Tonia McDonald of Myers’ nonprofit Global Business Inc. says the service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Charleston.

McDonald says Myers died Feb. 19 at Charleston Area Medical Center after becoming ill with pneumonia. Myers was 76.

A native of Chesapeake, Myers was best known for his role as ornery restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on the television series “A Different World.”

His TV credits included “NYPD Blue,” “E.R.,’’ “The Cosby Show” and “Touched by an Angel.” He also appeared in a number of films, including “Tin Cup” and “Wedding Planner.”

Myers also appeared on Broadway, including in “Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple.”

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