Every home starts as a dream that forms under construction. For 86 years, the Myers family and their lumber and housewares business has played a part in that for countless homes in Mayfield, Graves County and beyond.

By the end of this year, however, Myers Lumber Company will close its doors, located at 408 W. Broadway.

Company president Phil Myers said he was looking to spend more time with his family and doing things outside the business landscape, like charitable work, work with church and as a city councilman.

"You never think about getting older at a certain age," he said.

The family business, which includes Myers' brother and vice president Robert Myers, their sisters and a niece, dates back to their grandfather, John M. Myers, who purchased C.M. Davis Lumber in 1933.

Phil Myers said their father began working at what was then J.M. Myers and Son when he was 15 years old. Eventually, the name was changed to Myers Lumber in 1959 when the business incorporated, he said.

A year later, the business moved near the railroad tracks, build warehouses and expanded more in 1977. When consumers wanted plumbing fixtures and needs, Myers opened Mayfield Plumbing. The growth continued with opening stores in Murray in 1984 and Lone Oak in 1990.

"A lot of homes have been built when General Tire came here in 1960," Myers said. "There was a lot going on."

In 2004, however, tragedy struck when the Mayfield site suffered a fire. Two years later, though, they were up and running at full steam.

Two years after that, however, Myers sold its Lone Oak location and closed its Murray store in 2014.

The retail business, Myers lamented, has also changed with Internet purchasing, and construction has changed, as well. But the changes can't take away the memories.

"All of our customers in the past, we've had customers say what was built here and tell stories about how our father helped them," he said. "I've enjoyed working with all the people in the community, Graves County and Kentucky. I appreciate everyone who's bought from us and all the loyal customers we've had."

Myers Lumber is currently holding a liquidation sale with their sights set on a Dec. 12 closing date.

Eric Walker is the news editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Messenger, editor for the Murray Ledger & Times, and in public relations. He is married with two sons.