Billy Ray Ayers, age 85, of Middlesboro, KY, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Middlesboro A.R.H. He was born March 6, 1932 in Middlesboro to the late Sherman and Hazel Brooks Ayers.

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.

2 thoughts on “BILLY RAY AYERS

  1. My little buddy is what you always called me. I love you Billy Ray. I’ll never forget you. You were like a second grandfather to me. I have so many memories of you while I was growing up in church and all of the times that I spent staying the night with Shannon at your house. I love all of the family, you are my extended family. My prayers are with all of you.

  2. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with the Ayers family. I was honored to have known Billy Ray and his great family. Especially great full that I was considered a part of that family. Billy Ray where do I begin to say the wonderful things about you. You were a great Christian and family oriented man, a wonderful singer, choir leader, teacher, and Deacon. You could always make some one laugh by telling exactly how you felt. I remember the first time I sat in your choir, You said well she found out she cannot sing on her own so she joining us to learn how. (laughter) Billy Ray you were an admirable man with love for all. RIP

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