Source: Moore, John T, and Austin P. Foster. Tennessee, the Volunteer State, 1769-1923. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co, 1923.
John T. Myers acquired his early education in the public schools of Jackson and afterward attended Bethel College and the Cumberland Presbyterian College at McKenzie, Tennessee. He also became a student at the University of Chicago and in 1921 Asbury College at Wilmore, Kentucky, conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. His first call was to the Central church of Memphis, Tennessee, and for four years he filled the pulpit of the Madison Heights church of that city. For a similar period he was pastor of the Methodist church at Covington, Tennessee, and his next charge was at Mayfield, Kentucky, where he was stationed for five years. For the past two years he has been pastor of the First Methodist church of Jackson, the city of his birth, and his labors have been resultant forces in his extraordinary success and in promoting the spiritual welfare of those who have come under his guidance.
He entered the ministry in 1903 and is a strong, conscientious worker in behalf of the church of his faith. Dr. Myers is a facile writer and early in life entered the field of journalism, becoming managing editor of the West Tennessee Whig of Jackson when but seventeen years of age. He has written various articles on religious subjects, is a regular contributor to the religious press, and is the author of a widely read pamphlet entitled, “Life Insurance and Its Appeal,” which has been used by the National Insurance Journal. He has added to his store of knowledge by travel and enjoys an enviable reputation as a lecturer.
At Memphis, Tennessee, on the 28th of January, 1908, Dr. Myers was united in marriage to Miss Ida May Wills, a daughter of Edwin F. Wills of that city, and they have become the parents of three children: Lucile, Elizabeth and Edith, aged, respectively, fourteen, twelve and ten years. The Doctor is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and is president of the board of missions of the Memphis conference. He is a trustee of Lambeth College of Jackson and acts as chaplain of the Travelers’ Protective Association. He is a Rotarian and fraternally is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Masons. He is a man of scholarly attainments, with whom association means expansion and elevation, and his life has been one of great usefulness and far-reaching influence.