Mural depicts late prep soccer player

PERKINS TWP. The next time you eat at Chet and Matt's Pizza, look on the south wall for a mural of a
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

The next time you eat at Chet and Matt's Pizza, look on the south wall for a mural of a smiling teenage girl in a soccer uniform.

It's Camile Brittany Myers, 17, who loved playing soccer. Her athletic career was cut short when she died last month.

The late Perkins teen's portrait is the newest of the murals decorating thepizza restaurant.

One of the co-owners, Chet Leser, said he also plans to put Myers' black No. 17 jersey on the wall near the portrait.

"The whole section is going to be a Perkins section with Camile in the middle of it," he said.

The black jersey was Myers' favorite, said her coach, Les Wilson. The picture shows Myers in a white jersey.

"To me, she's an angel now, and she should be in white," Leser said.

Myers' aunt, Lynnette Berkey, said the family is "really excited and pleased" Myers will be remembered with the sport she loved so much.

Berkey said the family is "pleased a local business is willing to commemorate her memory in such an awesome way."

Myers, an avid soccer player, suffered from seizures and died Jan. 28.

The restaurant is decorated with murals of many local people, including two other Perkins residents who died young, Alan Schlessman and Aaron Richardson.

The mural, painted by local artist Beth Sage, was suggested by Myers' soccer coach, Les Wilson.

Sage has been adding portraits to the walls for about eight years.

Sage, who did not know Myers, had three photographs with which to work and picked the one she liked the best.

"I thought this one was really cute," she said. "She's smiling."

Many other murals are of friends and relatives of the owners, or simply people who frequent the business. Employees also are represented, along with prominent sports figures such as LeBron James and three Ohio State University linebackers, A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel, who autographed their pictures.

"There's over 200 people in here," Sage said.

Wilson said he supplied the jersey and photos used by Sage for the artwork, including the family's favorite photo of her playing soccer.