Billy was an owner and operator of Bell Printing Company, a Deacon, Trustee, Song Leader, and Sunday School Teacher at Northside Baptist Church. He loved his church and church family dearly and dedicated much of his time to the church. In addition to his church ministries, Billy loved to sing, bowl, and play golf at Monte Vista where he was a lifetime charter member.
A Korean War Veteran, Billy was a Purple Heart recipient, and honored to serve his country as a true patriot.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters Evelyn Bradford, and Maxine “Mickey” Carter.
He is survived by the following members of his family, his loving wife of 64 years Jackie Ayers, son Jerry Ray Ayers, daughters Gilda (Tommy) Smith, and Teresa (Bill) Sifton, granddaughter/daughter Shannon Mullins, grandchildren Tonya Jones, Joshua Ayers, Christopher Bussell, Rebecca Yeary, and Cara Ayers, sister Louise Richmond, and brother TJ (Retha) Ayers.
And a host of very special great-grandchildren that he was very close to, nieces, nephews, friends, and family whom he loved very much.
Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Phelps presiding. Music will be provided by the Northside Baptist Church Choir, Wilma Jean and David Hensley, The Lighthouse Singers, and Randall Massengill.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Green Hills Memorial Gardens with full Military Honors.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons Joshua Ayers, Christopher Bussell, Josh Yeary, and Shane Jones.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Leland Idol, Mike Idol, Paul Sowders, and Steve Fox.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.
Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com/