Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 4, 2013

Sherry Lee Ayers

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Funeral services for Sherry Lee Ayers, 73, of Jacksonville are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thurs., June 6,  at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville with Rev. Dr. Darin Wood officiating.

The interment will follow at Jarratt Cemetery, Jacksonville.

Mrs. Ayers passed away Mon., June 3, 2013 in Tyler.

She was born on July 10, 1939 in Jacksonville to L.D. and Wanda Pope.

She was preceded in death by her father L.D. Pope, a son Grady Neal Ayers and a sister Kay Davenport.

Sherry's childhood was spent in Jacksonville, and she graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1957.  She briefly attended Lon Morris College before marrying her husband of over 34 years, Jerry Ayers.  As an adult, Sherry worked for Nan Travis Hospital before moving on to a position at the United States Post Office in Jacksonville.  In her later years, Sherry volunteered at hospice, was a Pink Lady, and volunteered at the public library.  Her favorite thing to do was shop, and through her church, Central Baptist, she held a monthly birthday party for the residents of Gardendale nursing home for over 25 years. She also drew great pleasure from drinking coffee with her friends each morning.

Sherry will be remembered by those who knew her as a woman of incredible generosity.  She had a heart of gold, and would do everything in her power to help others, especially those who were suffering.  She was a woman of God, and will never be forgotten.

Survivors include her sons Alan Ayers of Tyler and Gregg Ayers and wife Chris of Jacksonville, daughter Elaine Hartless and husband Rodger of Tyler, mother Wanda Pope Miles of Jacksonville, brother Mike Pope and wife Connie of Jacksonville, sisters Jeanne Pratt and husband Chad of Houston and Vicki Wofford of Austin, grandchildren, Andrew Ayers, Gregg Ayers, Jr., and Megan Templeton, several great-grandchildren, an uncle Richard Stockton and wife Carol, and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Gregg Ayers, Jr., James Templeton, Keith Radcliff, Steve Davenport, Johnny Markasky and Shane Thompson.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wed. June 5, at the funeral home.