Memorial services for Richard Eugene Ayers, 76, of Palestine, will be at 1 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
Mr. Ayers died Tuesday in the David E. Foster Hospice Unit at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 31, 1936 in Hot Springs, Va., to Carl Bonner Ayers and Carrie Rodgers Ayers.
He was a 21-year Navy retiree and Vietnam vet.
Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Patricia June Ayers.
He is survived by brother, Wilson Ayers; sister, Wanda (Earl) Bostic; three children, Dawn (Juan) Reyes, Carl (Melissa) Ayers, Crystal (Kevin) Sanders; eight grandchildren, Mandy (Rick) Bedard, Randall (Becky) Ayers, Brian (Channing) Ayers, Austin (Dacia) Sanders, Chelsea Sanders, Shelby Sanders, Casey Sanders and Marissa Sanders; three great-grandchildren, Brody and Kaylee Bedard and Wyatt Ayers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Fund.
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