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>MR. JERRY “J.L.”  AYERS 62 - Carpenter
WINTER HAVEN -- Mr. Jerry "J.L." Ayers Sr. of Winter Haven died of heart failure Saturday (June 19, 2004) at Winter Haven Hospital. He was 62.  Born July 20, 1941, in Winter Haven, he was a lifelong resident of this area. Jerry was a construction carpenter. He was a member of Tampa and South Florida Local 140 and Highland City Masonic Lodge 285. He attended First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland.
 Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, Theresa Ayers; son, Jerry L. Ayers Jr., Winter Haven; daughter, Cindy Keene, Lakeland; brothers, David Ayers, Lake Alfred, Raymond Ayers, Highland City, Leonard Ayers, Tampa; sisters, Lugene King, Auburndale, Ruth A. Bates and Ellen Albritton, both of Winter Haven, Gertrude Adams, Highland City, Carolyn Carter Hudson, Eaton Park; and seven grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Monday at Gentry Morrison Southside Chapel. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.- Ledger, June 20, 2004
>AYERS, DAVID, - 58 -  photo above
- of Highland City, FL, passed away Oct. 24, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was a 7th generation Floridian. David was a quadriplegic for the last 28 years due to a gun shot wound. Although his life was a struggle the past 28 years, he made the most of what he had. Born in Bartow, on Sept. 20, 1953, he graduated from Lakeland High School where he played football and track. He owned and operated Nanner's Produce in Lakeland from 2004 - 2007. David would often stop & help people on the side of the road. As a result, he had several newspaper articles written about him. He was so kind - the world will not be the same without him.
 David is survived by his mother Loretta Ayers, Highland City; father Raymond Ayers, Highland City; daughter Tricia (Chris) Clark, Lakeland; son 2nd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy Jeremiah (Melissa) Ayers, Orange Park, FL; brothers; Frank (Sophia) Ayers, Apopka, Wayne (Tayna) Ayers, Intersession City; sister Linda (Bill) Williams, Brandon; 3 granddaughters; 2 grandsons; first wife Sandy Stewart, Lakeland; his special aunt Sharon Richards, Lakeland. He has many aunts, uncles, cousins & friends left to cherish his memory.
 A memorial service will be held in the near future. At this very moment, his spirit looks down at us & says look at me. I can run, jump, climb, do all the things I haven't been able to for too long. 
( Lakeland Ledger, Oct. 27, 2011 )
>MR. DAVID AYERS – 83 – American Can Company
LAKE ALFRED -- Mr. David Ayers of Lake Alfred died of heart failure Sunday (June 4, 2006) at home. He was 83. Born in Lucerne Park on Oct. 10, 1922, he came to Lake Alfred from Wauchula in 1992. He was a general inspector and supervisor for American Can Company for 34 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. David was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred.
 Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his wife, Iris Ayers.
 He is survived by his sons, Randy Ayers, Ramona, Calif., Kenton Ayers, Placerville, Calif.; brother, Raymond Ayers, Highland City; sisters, Lugene King, Auburndale, Carolin Hudson, Eaton Park, Ellen Albritton, Winter Haven, Gertrude Adams, Highland City; caregivers, the Rev. James and Virginia Dawkins; five grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Friday at First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred. Services will follow at the church.
 Burial will be in New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Ona. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 901 Johns Ave., Haines City, FL 33844. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven. - Ledger, June 7, 2006
LAKE ALFRED -- Mrs. Iris Ayers of Lake Alfred died of pneumonia Saturday (Nov. 27, 2004) at Wedgewood of Winter Haven. She was 77.Born Oct. 6, 1927, in Graham, she came here from Wauchula in 1992. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred.
 Mrs. Ayers is survived by her husband, David Ayers; sons, Randy Ayers, Romona, Calif., Ken Ayers, Placerville, Calif.; brother, Winston Youngblood, Ruskin; sister, Shirley Adams, Zephyrhills; five grandchildren.
 Visitation will be on Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven. - Ledger,November 29, 2004
>MRS. IRIS M. AYERS – 78 – Shipping Clerk
TAMPA -- Mrs. Iris M. Ayers of Tampa, formerly of Auburndale, died of heart failure Tuesday (April 18, 2006) in Temple Terrace. She was 78. Born in Auburndale on Aug. 12, 1927, she moved to Tampa 22 years ago. She was a shipping clerk.
Mrs. Ayers was preceded in death by her husband, Maxfield Ayers.
She is survived by her sons, John R. Ayers Sr., Samuel M. Ayers, both of Tampa; sister, Frances Collier, Okeechobee; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Friday at Garden of Memories Funeral Home. Services on Saturday at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.  - Ledger, April 20, 2006
>Royal F. AYERS, Sr. 84 - Retired Grove Caretaker
Highland City- Mr.Royal died Monday at a Winter Haven nursing home after a short illness. A native of Lakeland, he spent all of his life in this area. He was a retired grove caretaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie F. Ayers; 6 sons; Maxfield, David, and Leonard all of Tampa; Floyd, Raymond and Jerry all of Highland City; 6 daughters; Mrs. S.D. (Erma) Watkins,Tampa, Mrs.Lugene King, Auburndale, Mrs. Ruth Bates and Mrs. Ellen Westbrook, Winter Haven, Mrs.Gertrude Adams, Highland City and Mrs. Carolyn Carter, Lakeland; one brother; Adrian Ayers, Brunswick.
( Oct.13, 1971, The Ledger)
Funeral services for Royal were held from the Glen W.Morrison Memorial Chapel,conducted by Rev. Danny Williamson of Bartow Baptist Church officiating.and the Rev. Gene Schulv officiating.
Interment will be in Oak Hill Burial Park  - (Lakeland Ledger, Tuesday,Oct.12,1971,Pg.5-A)
Margaret passed away in Winter Haven, FL on October 8, 2011. Mrs. Ayers was a mother, teacher, administrator, caterer, and dispenser of love and charity. She was a member and elder for First Christian Church in Winter Haven and also a longtime president of the disciples' women.
  Mrs. Ayers is survived by her husband, Joe W. Ayers, sons, John M. Ayers (Shell) and William R. Ayers. Her mother Mary Murr (Tommy), a brother, David Corzine (Janet), a sister, Belinda Hayes, and a grandson, Jack R. Ayers.
Services will be at first Christian Church in Winter Haven on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11. Memorial contributions can be made to Disciples Womens
Mission, Church Women United, or First Christian Church Womens' Disciples. (Ledger, Oct. 27, 2011)
>RAYMOND L. AYERS -  80 - Construction Worker - photo above
HIGHLAND CITY - Mr. Raymond Ayers passed away peacefully Thursday with his family by his side. He was born and raised in Polk County.
Mr. Ayers came from a family of 7 boys and 6 girls during the depression. He would tell stories of when he was a little boy and the things he and his brothers would do. (They were spellbinding) He was a 32nd degree Mason. While living in Bartow Mr. Ayers grew roses. People would stop and ask if they could walk through his yard he always gave them roses. At one point he had over 100 rose bushes. After retiring he started a lawn maintenance company. He believed in hard work and taking care of his family. In the lasts years of his life he had Alzheimer but he could always remember he had 3 boys and all his children were born in September.
 He was preceded in death by his son, David; parents, Royal & Lillie Fussell Ayers; grandsons, Travis Williams and Thomas Busbee; son-in-law, Bill Williams.
 He is survived by sons, Frank (Sophia) Ayers, Apopka, Wayne (Tonya), Kissimmee; daughter, Linda Williams, Brandon; he always called sister, ex-wife and best friend, Loretta Ayers, Highland City; sisters, Ellen Albright, Winter Haven, Gertrude Adams, Highland City, Carolyn Hudson, Lakeland, and sister in-law Sharon Richards, Lakeland, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces & nephews.
He was loved and will be missed very much. He is in heaven with his mother that he missed.
- ( Ledger, Oct. 21, 2012 )
>MR. SOCKY AYERS- 70 -Field Engineer
LAKELAND -- Mr. Socky Ayers of Lakeland died of heart failure Thursday (June 12, 2003) at home. He was 70. Born in Auburndale on March 16, 1933, he was a lifelong resident. Socky was a field engineer. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Moose Lodge in Lakeland. He was Protestant.
 Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, Eileen Ayers; son, Woody Ayers, New Smyrna Beach; twin sister, Nancy Ernest, Brandon; sister, Kathy Gylys, Brandon; two grandsons.
 Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lakeland Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Monday at Oak Hill Burial Park. -
Ledger, June 13, 2003
> MR. LEONARD M. AYERS – 71 - Pabst Brewery
TAMPA -- Mr. Leonard M. Ayers of Tampa, a native of Polk County, died of heart failure Thursday (Feb. 2, 2006). He was 71. Leonard was born in Polk County, he lived in Tampa for 47 years. He retired from Pabst Brewery.
 Mr. Ayers is survived by his daughters, Kathy Kruger and Karen Ayers; brothers, Raymond Ayers and David Ayers; sisters, Ellen Albritton, Gertrude Adams, Lugene King and Carolyn Hudson; former wife, Evelyn Ayers; one grandson.
 A remembrance will be held Sunday at the home of Kathy Kruger. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Children's Hospital, or the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg. Garden of Memories, Tampa. - Ledger, February 8, 2006
>VADA AYERS LASSETER – 91 – Bordo Citrus Products
 Birth: March 3, 1912 in Altha, Calhoun Co., Fl.
 Death: June 20, 2003 in Winter Haven, Polk Co., Fl.
WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Vada A. Lasseter of Winter Haven died of cancer Friday, (June 20, 2003) at her home. Born in Altha on March 3, 1912, she came here from Altha 85 years ago. She was a sectionizer for Bordo Citrus Products. She was a member of Bethel Church of God.
 Mrs. Lasseter was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Claude Lasseter.
 She is survived by her son, Robert Lasseter, Winter Haven; sister, Georgia McCroan, Altha, Ada Lasseter, Winter Haven and Mamie Hildreth, Panama City; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Services will follow at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, P.O. Box 7129, Winter Haven, 33338. Whidden-McLean Funeral Home  - Burial in Wildwood Cemetery – Ledger, June 21, 2003  
Family links:
Andrew Jackson Ayers - 1878 - 1974
  Ellen Susan Baggett Ayers - 1879 - 1954
Kenneth Claude Lasseter - 1904 - 1976


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