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Shirley J. Ayers

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Date published: 6/6/2014

Shirley J. Ayers

Shirley Jane Ayers, 71, of Locust Grove passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at her home with her loving son and daughter at her side.

Shirley was born May 24, 1943, in Stone Mountain, Ga., to Elbert and Mollie Bell Ergle Payne. She married Charles Robert Ayers on May 2, 1964, in Oakwood, Ga., and followed him across the globe as his faithful Army wife during his 29 years of service.

They settled in the Lake of the Woods community of Locust Grove more than 11 years ago.

Survivors include her son, Charles Scott Ayers and his wife, Keri; her daughter, Stacey McKinney; two brothers, Bobby Payne and his wife, Barbara, and Charles Payne; a sister, Kathy Amos; a sister-in-law and her husband, Lynda and Don Townley; and four grandchildren, Cody McKinney, Megan Ayers, Bradley Ayers and Logan McKinney.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, with a funeral at 2 p.m., at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, with the Rev. Amos Healy officiating. Private burial will be at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Rainbows for Daphne, a 6-year-old cancer patient, at gofundme.com/96lu04.

Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneral home.com.