The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 12, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, April 12, 2013


Arthur C. Ayers

HINTON — Arthur C. Ayers, 81, of Hinton, went home to be with the Lord and his wife Mary, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House, following a long illness.

Born March 18, 1932, at Hinton, he was the son of the late James O. and Pearl Jones Ayers.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church. Arthur was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. He was a loving, kind and thoughtful man.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ayers, who passed away February 24, 2010; three brothers, Clinton, Bobby and Franklin Ayers; one sister, June Hoover; and one nephew, Jonathan Ayers.

Those left to cherish his memory include a special niece, Vickie Trimble and husband John of Oak Hill; other nieces, Terrie Northcraft of Hillsborough, N.C., Amy Ayers of Clifton Forge, Va.; nephews, Gary Hoover of Fayetteville, Bill Hoover and wife Joyce of Summersville, Michael Ayers of Clifton Forge, Va.; and a special brother-in-law James Ward of Hinton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Central Baptist Church of Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Gilmer Ray Ayers

On Monday, April 8th, 2013, our most cherished, Gilmer Ray Ayers, passed away at his home on Fortuna Lane in Eccles, following a short illness. He was 69 years of age.

The first of three children, Gilmer was born on January 4th, 1944, at Beckley. He is the son of Gilmer Adrion and Rujean Bragg Ayers of Eccles. In addition to his parents, Gilmer leaves his brother Charles Ayers and his wife, Naomi, of Eccles and Kenneth Ayers and his wife, Helen, of Lester.

Gilmer spent his childhood at Eccles. He was a graduate of Trap Hill School, Class of 1962. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Gilmer was a coal miner, retiring from Pittston Coal. He had 38 years in the mining industry.

Gilmer loved the woods. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time at the Ayers Camp on the Greenbrier.

From a previous marriage Gilmer had three children, Chuck, Randy and Lisa Ayers. There are several grandchildren. This family resides in North Carolina.

On August 6th, 1982, Gilmer married Patricia Sue Keener. To this union were born Mollie and Adrian. Mollie is married to Brandon Coleman and they make their home at Bolt; Adrian is engaged to Olivia, he makes his home at Fairdale. There are three grandchildren, Gavin, Keaton, and Kyler. Sadly, Patricia died on June 8th, 2003. Patricia leaves her daughter Melanie Hinzman and her husband, David Ray, and their children, Jeremy, Dana, Rebecca and Samuel.

Gilmer will be deeply missed by his family. May He Rest In Peace. To Mollie and Adrian he was the touchstone to their mother.

On Friday, April 12th, at 3 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Garry Hall will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour. Gilmer will be laid to rest at the Oak Grove Cemetery near his beloved Patricia.

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