Richard W. Ayers
Died: Feb. 10,
KINGSPORT -- Richard W. Ayers, 82, of Chuckey, died Wednesday at his home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Ayers was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher.
He was a 50 year-member of the Lodge No. 688, F&AM, of Kingsport.
Mr. Ayers attended Tusculum College and graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the Army, he won the U.S. Army Boxing Championship of the Alaskan Theatre.
Mr. Ayers played professional baseball in Helena, Ark., and Kingsport.
He retired from Signal Knitting, where he was personnel director.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years: Mary Lou Nottingham Ayers; three daughters: Jacque Ayers, Kathy Ayers and her husband, J.T. Little, and Patty Ayers and her husband, Jim Karns; his grandchildren: Julie Harrison, Dr. Elizabeth Harrison and her husband, Dr. Eric Knoche, and Brett Creasman and his wife, Beth; six stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters: Virginia Darbee, Anne Havens, and Mary Peterson; a brother: Jim Ayers; three sisters-in-law: Edie Ayers, Anita Ayers, and Virginia Peavler; and three brothers-in-law: Bob Peterson, P.T. Nottingham, and John Nottingham.
He was preceded in death by his parents: James Morgan and Elizabeth Gilmer Ayers; three brothers: William Ayers, David Ayers, and Hugh Ayers; and two sisters: Charlotte Powers and Gilmer Horton.
The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Greeneville.
The funeral service will follow visitation at 1 o'clock at the church. The Rev. David Woody and the Rev. Jeannie Higgins will officiate.
Interment will follow in Oak Hill Memorial Park in Kingsport. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Posts No. 3/265.
Pallbearers will be Brett Creasman, Dr. Eric Knoche, J.T. Little, Nick Harrison, Buck Mathes, and Kyle Huffman.
Honorary pallbearers will be the caring and supportive staff of Caris Hospice of Greeneville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 207 N. Boone St., Suite 1500; Johnson City, TN 37604.
Condolences may be sent to the Ayers family online at www.hamlettdobson.com
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is in charge of arrangements.