Nelwyn Smith Ayers

June 9, 1935June 8, 2020

A memorial service for Nelwyn Smith Ayers, 84, of Canton, Texas will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Eubank Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Frye officiating.

Mrs. Ayers passed away peaceful on June 8, 2020. She was born on June 9, 1935 in Saltillo, Texas to L. D. Smith and Maye Brown Smith.

Nelwyn grew up in Hopkins County Texas and graduated from Saltillo High School. In November of 1953 she married Kenneth Wayne Ayers. They moved to Canton in 1989, where Kenneth was born and raised, dating back to 4 generations. Canton was where they wanted to retire to and enjoy their twilight years. Nelwyn was an avid book reader, reading over 7680 books since learning to read – she had document ever book she read. Nelwyn was a political activist throughout her life. One of her most important charities and was always giving to was the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Nelwyn loved her family, friends and her “furry child”, Honey Bun. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Nelwyn is survived by her son, Stephen Ayers of Canton, Texas and nephew, Mitchell Ayers of Robinsville, North Carolina.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ayers and son, Michael Ayers.

Family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice Plus, for all the love and care that was given to Nelwyn. Special gratitude is expressed to Charlene Eden, who was Nelwyn’s caregiver in the home for many years.

Nelwyn being a giving person and believing in research, wanted her body to be donated to University of Texas Health and Science Center. When her ashes are returned she will be inurned at Haven of Memories with her husband and son.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 19, 2020


Nelwyn Smith Ayers

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