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Elbert of Lake Wales passed away Wed. June 22, 2011 at his son's home. Elbert was born Jan. 25, 1924 in Altha, Fl.( Calhoun,Co.,Fl. ) to the late Elbert Ayers Sr. and Nettie ( Dixon ) Ayers.  He came to Lake Wales in 1946. He was retired from F.M.C. delivering plant machinery and chemicals. Elbert attended the Lake Buffum Church, and is a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. He also enjoyed gardening.
 Elbert was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Jean Ayers in 1996, and a son, Hugh Wright.
 Survivors include his daughters, Alice Carpenter of Lake Wales and Wanda Kuhns of Frostproof; sons, Jimmy Ayers of Bradenton, Charles Ayers of Winter Haven, Dale, Kennith Ayers , and Mitchell Carpenter all of Lake Wales; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales and Visitation after.
 Interment will follow at the Lake Buffum Baptist Church Cemetery. ( Ledger, June 24, 2011, pg. B-4 )
>Elbert Ayres Jr. married Velma Jean Edwards/Caprenter on March 25, 1967 in Polk Co.,Fl.
>Velma Jean Edwards- First married Farris Ray Carpenter on June 27, 1957 in Polk Co.,Fl.
> Velma Jean Edwards/Carpenter/Ayers died Jan. 17, 1996 and is buried in Lake Buffum Baptist Church Cemetery, Ft. Meade, Polk Co.,Fl.
>Farris Ray Carpenter died March 17, 1992, and is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, east of Ft. Meade, Polk Co.,Fl.
WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Martha D. Ayers of Winter Haven died of heart disease Wednesday (Feb. 2, 2005). She was 71. Martha came to Winter Haven from Lafollette, Tenn., in 1980. She was a member of Lake Region Baptist Church.
Mrs. Ayers was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley B. Ayers.
 She is survived by her sons, Lester Ayers, Lafollette, Billy Ayers, Stinking Creek, Tenn., Gabriel Ayers, Winter Haven; daughters, Gail Love, Winter Haven, Loucille Jones, Lafollette, Rhonda Page, Auburndale, Sheila Chamberlain, Lakeland; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
 Services will be held later date in Lafollette. Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale.
Ledger, February 4, 200
FORT PIERCE, FL - Genevieve Helen Ayers, 78, died August 29, 2011 in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Mrs. Ayers was born in Burke, Virginia and moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida in 2011 coming from Auburndale, Florida. She enjoyed painting and doing crafts. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly.
Survivors include her sons, George Dean, Jr. of Ft. Pierce, FL, John Wallace of Pinehurst, NC and Earl Wallace, Jr. of Lumberton, NC; daughter, Sherri Wallace of Winter Haven, FL; mother, Viola See of Winter Haven, FL; sister, Violet Ann Bennett of Deltona, FL; 2 grand-daughters, Brandi Heminess of Winter Haven, FL and September Mazza of Harrison, OH, 5 additional grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ayers, daughter, Donna Mae Eicher, son, Sherman Wallace and brothers, John See and Ben See.
  A memorial service will be held at Kersey Funeral Home, 108 E. Lake Stella Drive, Auburndale, FL 33823 on Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service. Ledger,September 8, 2011
Bartow- Mr. Edward Lee Ayers, 51, of Sunset Apartments, died Friday. Edward was a native of Bonifay, Florida, he came here 35 years ago from Bonifay. Edward was a retired car salesman and a member of the Wildwood Baptist Church.
 Survivors include his wife, Mirl of Bartow; step-sons, Danny Hancock and Glen Kendrick, both of Auburndale ,( Bonnie or Ronnie ) Kendrick ; Rickey Kendrick; step-daughter, Linda Hartzog and brother Herbert Ayers, mother Annie Ayers and a sister Jewell Wise.
Whidden Funeral Home, Bartow,Polk Co.,Fl. ( Lakeland Ledger, Monday, Feb. 23, 1976, page B-6 )
>Mrs. Norice AYERS - 68 -
Bartow - Mrs. Norice Ayers of 495 S. Floral Ave. died this morning at a hospital here where she had been a patient since August 20. She was a native of Quitman, Ga. she had lived in Bartow section for 34 years and was a member of First Methodist Church and of the Order of the Eastern Star.
 Survivors are her husband, Arthur P. AYERS; 2 sons, Adrian P. AYERS of Naples and Navarre AYERS of Miami; a daughter, Mrs. Wanda BURNETTE of Bell Glade,; 3 brothers, Frank L. MALONEY of Bartow, J. Perry MALONEY of Tarpon Springs and Leon E. MALONEY of Quitman, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. C. M. KING of Quitman and 8 grandchildren.
  Funeral servaces will be held Wednesday afternoon at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Jesse Waller, pastor, officiating.
Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery here . Whidden Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ( Ledger, Monday, Oct. 4, 1954 )
>AYERS, MRS. ALICE  A.  -  78 -
 Tampa - Mrs. Alice A. Ayers died last night, Sunday, April 23, 1961 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. O. KITTLESON, 4617 Baysore Dr., Alice was a native of Georgia and had lived in Tampa for about 40 years, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.
 Mrs. Ayers is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Delma A. THOMESANY(I or L  for the last letter in the name.) of Lakeland. and Mrs. Kittleson; a son Arthur J. Ayers of Chattanooga, Tenn.
 Services were held Tuesday, April 25, 1961 at Wilson-Sammon Funeral Home in Tampa. ( Ledger, Monday, April 24, 1961 )
>AYERS, Mary Lelia - 77 -
 Mary Lelia Adkison/ Ayres of Tampa passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Ayers and her parents Frances and James Adkison.
 Mary is survived by her 3 children, Kenneth L. Ayers,Jr., Gregory S. Ayers and Francie M. Ayers; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Graveside services held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Garden of Memories in Tampa. (  LoylessFuneralHome.com )
Tampa Tribune, Thursday, June 1, 2012 )
>MARY ALICE AYERS -  89 - Central Travel Bookkeeper - photo above
WINTER HAVEN - Mary Alice Ayers, age 89, died of heart failure Saturday (June 16, 2012) at Good Shepherd Hospice. Born in Mason City, Iowa, on April 26, 1923, she came to Florida in 1978. She was a bookkeeper for Central Travel. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Winter Haven.
 Ms. Ayers is survived by her daughters Karen Somers, Clearwater, FL, Mary Moklebust, Des Moines, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church, Winter Haven. Services will follow at the church.
Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or Grace Lutheran Church. ( Ledger, June 19, 2012 )
>MR. DONALD KEITH AYERS – 81 – Carson Plumbing
WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Donald Keith Ayers, age 81, died of heart failure Thursday (Aug. 2, 2007) at home.
Born in Rockford, Iowa, on August 18, 1925, he came to Winter Haven from Soldier, Wisconsin, in 1978. He retired from Carson Plumbing in 1987 as a sales manager. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven.
 Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, Mary A. Ayers, Winter Haven; 2 daughters, Karen (Dennis) Somers, Clearwater, Mary (Joe) Moklebust, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Dennis Peterson (Dec), Michael Peterson, Thomas Mix, Sherrie Bryan, Tracy Ward, Leslie Schumacher, Donald Peterson, Marc Vosburgh (Dec), Matthew Peterson, Ryan Vosburgh; 22 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday at Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, Winter Haven. Services will be on Monday, Aug. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven.
 Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Memorial Fund or the endowment fund. - Ledger, August 4, 2007
>MR. JOE P. AYERS – 65 – Electrician for Goodyear Aircraft Corp.
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Joe P. Ayers of Lake Wales died of heart failure June 25, 2004. He was 92.Born in Elkins, W.Va., and came to Lake Wales in 1972. Joe was an electrician for Goodyear Aircraft Corp., in Akron, Ohio, for 30 years. He was a 65-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
 Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his wife, Vaola B. Ayers.
He is survived by his sons, Jim Ayers, Babson Park, and Allen Ayers, Plano, Texas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45229-3095. - Ledger,July 20, 2004
>MRS. DOROTHY J. AYERS – 90 - Bookkeeper
DAVENPORT -- Mrs. Dorothy J. Ayers of Davenport died of heart failure Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) in Davenport. She was 90. Born in Middlesex County, N.J., on Aug. 4, 1912, Dorothy came to Davenport from Farmingdale, N.J., in 1979. She was a bookkeeper for Marlboro State Hospital. She also worked for Pat Esposito and Sons Inc. in Matawan, N.J., and Sharon Enterprises in Davenport. She was a Presbyterian.
 Mrs. Ayers is survived by her daughters, Mildred J. Esposito, Davenport, Dorothy R. Kimble, Plainfield, N.J.; sister, Edith Holtz, Matawan; brother, Raymond Janwich, Middletown, N.J.; seven grandchildren.
Services will be Monday at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, 1001 Grace Ave., Haines City.
Memorials may be made to Life Path Hospice, 1037 S. Florida Ave., Suite 106, Lakeland, FL 33803. - (Ledger, December 13, 2002)
LAKELAND - Alice Ayers Parsons of Lakeland, Florida passed away at her home on October 29th, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Elmira, New York to parents John and Lois Smetanka. She grew up in Elmira with six brothers and sisters.
 She is survived by Ronald Ayers, two sisters and two brothers, her children: Kim Barwick, Karen (Joseph) O'Brien, Ronnie Ayers and Alicia (Jaime) Solomon, family friend Robert Wright and five loving grandchildren: Amanda Leland, Madison Leland, Carson O'Brien, Adrian Solomon and Cameron Solomon.

 A service will be held for Alice in the chapel at Victory Church, 1401 Griffin Road, Lakeland, on Friday Nov. 2nd, 2012 . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. - ( Ledger, Nov. 1, 2012 )
>AYERS, Albert -  83
Albert, of Tampa, passed away July 14, 2005.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Loyce; three sons,
Albert Ayers Jr. and wife Annette, Allyn Ayers, and Alvin Ayers and wife Sandra; seven grand- children, three great- grandchildren, and many family and friends. Mr. Ayers, had a heart of gold. Services will be held, Monday, July 18. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E. Lake Ave, Tampa, with interment to follow in the Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. ( Tampa Tribune, July 17, 2005 )
JERSEY SHORE, N.J. - William Mitchell "Mitch" Ayers, 61, of 231 North Main Street, Jersey Shore, died Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at the Gatehouse. Born December 4, 1949 in Guntersville, Alabama, he was the son of Robert Jay Ayers and the former Hellon Chambers.
Mitch is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Margaret Elizabeth "Betty" Waggoner. Also surviving are two daughters, Mary Michelle "Shelly" (Jeffrey) Feerrar of Turbotville and Courtney D. (Michael) Bell of Royersford, PA, and his four beloved grandchildren, Matthew, Zachariah, Emily and Michael.
 Mitch's career spanned 30 years in the health care profession. He most recently worked at Susquehanna Health System in Williamsport, PA, as Patient Care Manager for the Oncology/Dialysis Unit. Prior to that, he held the position of Director of Patient/Ancillary Services at Jersey Shore Hospital, Jersey Shore, PA; Director of Nursing Service at Jenkins Community Hospital, Jenkins, KY, and Administrative Director for Staffing and Trauma Center/ER in Winter Haven, FL. He also taught part-time at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, in the RN and LPN programs, and at Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL, in the Paramedic, EMT and Nursing programs. He was a gifted clinician and teacher.
Mitch received a Nursing degree at Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL; BSN at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, and MBA from Cambridge International University Distance Learning. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974.
 He was a member of Dundee United Methodist Church, Dundee, FL. He volunteered for various service and professional organizations throughout his life; loved animals, especially horses and his dogs, and adored his children and grandchildren.
 Memorial services will be held Friday, September 30, 2011, in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main Street, Jersey Shore. Friends may call Friday until time of services in the funeral home. Rev. Thomas Jones will officiate.
Family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the American Cancer Society , 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA; the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA, or the Lycoming Co. S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA. - Ledger, September 29, 2011
WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Robin Ayers, 56, died 11/08/09. Survived by brother, Randall Ayers. Mem. svc. 2pm, Fri., Pleasant Grove Cmty, Ft. Meade. Hancock F.H. –
Ledger, November 11, 2009
Betty L. Ayers, 78, died April 25, 2007, at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart. She was born in Fort Pierce and was a pioneer in area day care for three decades.
 Survivors include her daughter, Laura Glennon of Port St. Lucie; son, James E. Crews of Stuart; sister, Genevieve Whigham of Fort Pierce; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Crews.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 27 at Martin Funeral Home & Crematory in Stuart. A service will be at 10 a.m. April 28 in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in the family plot at Fernhill Memorial Gardens, Stuart. - ( TC Palm, April 27, 2007 )
>AYERS, Bennie John, 51,
Bennie passed away Sunday, March 9, 2008 at his home in Middleburg, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Franklin Ayers.
 He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Gladys; children, Natalie and Johnathan; mother, Gladys Ayers; sister, Pam Maxwell (David); half-brother, Frank Ayers; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, and friends.
 In the past, he volunteered with Muscular Dystrophy Association, BASCA, Clay County Literacy, member of the Art Guild, and had a love for painting and the outdoors.
 Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Jacksonville, Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111, Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL with Robert Galentine officiating. Family and friends will gather prior at 1:00 PM until the hour of service. 
March 12, 2008- Jacksonville- FloridaTimes Union
>MR. BRUCE A. AYERS - Meat Cutter
WINTER HAVEN -- Mr. Bruce A. Ayers of Winter Haven died of renal failure Friday (Aug. 15, 2003) at Winter Haven Hospital. He was 56. Born Jan. 4, 1947, in Salamanca, N.Y., he came here from Tulsa, Okla., in 1992. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. He was a meat cutter for Food Lion and Publix for 25 years, and worked for Findlay Industries. He attended Winter Haven Worship Center.
 Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, Patti Ayers; daughters, Annie Ayers, Pompano Beach, Susan Ayers-Hoyt, Deerfield Beach, and Cindy Braaten, Winter Haven; sons, James Ayers, Pompano Beach, and Randy Ayers, Lakeland; mother, Anna Riddle, Pompano Beach; brother, Nathan Ayers, Coral Springs; sister, Cora Smith, Deerfield Beach; and four grandchildren.
 Visitation will be this evening at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales. Services will beTuesday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, Fla. 33823-3229. –  Ledger, August 18, 2003
>ARIZONA AYERS -  75 - Housekeeper
WINTER HAVEN - Arizona Ayers, 75, died of cancer 9/27/11. Survived by daughter Delores; sons Franklin & Jim Ayers; 1 sister; 4 grand & 4 great grands. Crem. Svc. Md-FL
- Ledger, September 30, 2011
>ALMA L. AYERS - 91 - General Electric
WINTER HAVEN - Alma Ayers, 91, died of natural causes 7/14/10. Survived by 2 daughters; 1 sons; 2 sisters; 12 grandchildren. Cremation Services of Mid-Florida.
- Ledger on July 16, 2010
LAKELAND - Alan B. Ayers, age 65, died on May 23, 2007 of cancer in his home.
Mr. Ayers was born in Beverly, Mass. and spent the last 19 years wintering in his Lakeland home. He was an avid golfer and former president of the Sandpiper Golf Club.
 Mr. Ayers was survived by his wife, Betty C. Ayers of 45 years. He leaves behind two sons: Thomas & Christine Ayers of Glenn Rock, N.J. and Joseph & Lisa Ayers of Oakton, VA.; daughter: Sheri & Robert Trocchi of Danvers, MA., three brothers: Paul and Richard of MA. and Kenneth of N.C., sister in-law: Eleanor & Dennis Gauthier and nephew: Dennis Gauthier of MA., ten grandchildren: Meaghan, Allison, Brian and Steven Ayers of N.J., Michael, Rachel and Leah Trocchi of MA., Austin, Ashley and Alex Ayers of VA.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the scholarship fund in the name of Steven & Bob Kerr c/o Mrs. Rosalie Kerr, 12 Millbrook Road, Beverly. Or the scholarship fund in the name of Sherry Coletti, c/o Carol Skurski, 716 Cabot Street, Beverly.
 A celebration of Al's Life will be held at the North Beverly Congregational Church in MA., June 3rd.  An additional remembrance will be held at the Sandpiper Golf Club for local residence at a later time - Ledger, May 26, 2007

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