Chester Douglas Ayers

4 April, 19426 April, 2021

Chester Douglas Ayers, age 79, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. He was born in Ponza, KY on April 4, 1942.

Chester was married to his beloved wife, Carolyn for over 57 years. He was a loving husband and was adored by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Chester graduated from Corbin (KY) High School in 1960 and maintained lasting friendships with many of his classmates throughout his life. Everyone he met became an instant and lifelong friend.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ayers, daughter, Kim Ash (Chris Stamatiadis), his son, Dwayne Ayers (April). His granddaughters, Nicki Ash, Allyson Raines (Chris), Danielle Thames (Kyle) and grandson TJ Ash, great-granddaughter Abbigail and great-grandsons, Cameron and Kolton, his brother Dorsey Ayers (Jenny), brothers-in-love Tom Seigle (Nina) and Keith Seigle (Robin) as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ethel Ayers, his sister Juanita Golden, brother Paul Ayers and sister-in-love Joyce Stanley.

They lived in Louisville KY prior to his transfer to Jacksonville FL with CSX Railroad where he worked as a Caller for 34 years before retiring in 1997. He was a proud 32nd Degree Mason for over 46 years with the Scottish Rite Temple. He was a member of the Morocco Shriners and spent 10 years transporting children to be treated at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa FL. He logged over 30,000 miles during that time and this cause is very near and dear to him. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Processing Center, P O BOX 863765, Orlando FL 32886 or through the website:

Chester would also want to send a shoutout to his longtime friend, Eduardo Garbina Garcia Juan-Avilar.

Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home is proud to serve the family.


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Philip Smith

9 April 2021

I worked with Chester at the railroad and transferred to Jacksonville with him. He was a great friend and I don't know how my wife and I would have made this move without Chester and Carolyn.

Jerry Pat Golden

8 April 2021

To Carolyn, Kim, Dwayne, and the rest of the family: As the three of you know this, some may not. Chester was my Uncle,
but was more like my
Brother since we grew
up together. I will miss him, but I know he is in a better place. I also
have all the great and
funny memories that
we shared over all those years. Even through you are sad and miss him, just remember all the great times you and Chester had together!
Because that is how I
will remember Chester! I know we will see each other again soon.
With all my love,
Jerry Pat.

Brenda Rollins

8 April 2021

Chester may have been an in-law, but he will always be considered a part of our family. We will always remember all the family shared holidays, birthday celebrations, graduations, and parties together.

We will miss you Chester.

Margaret Edlin, Brenda Rollins, Vicki Willard, and Eric Willard

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and the family.

Toni Queen

8 April 2021

To the family of Mr. Ayers,
I'm sorry to hear of his passing, I worked with him at CSX many years ago. Mr. Ayers was such a Southern Gentleman, soft spoken always willing to help a co-worker. I remember he loved to read Sidney Sheldon's books, which I did also, we would discuss how the outcome of the books would be. Prayers to your family, may your memories of such a wonderful man help you during this difficult time.

Toni Queen, White Bluff, TN

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