O'Briant "Dick" Roger Ayscue

January 10, 1926April 24, 2018

O’Briant Roger “Dick” Ayscue died on April 24, 2018 at his home in Winston Salem, NC. He was the youngest child of six children by the late Henry Green Ayscue and Rosa Lee Finch Ayscue. He is survived by his devoted wife of the home, Peggy Wiggs Ayscue after sixty-eight wonderful years of marriage. He also is survived by one sister, Mary Eleanor Knight of Virginia Beach, Virginia; daughter Donna Lynn Johnson and husband Roger Johnson of Largo, Florida; son Steven O’Briant Ayscue and wife Rocio Ayscue, granddaughters, Natalia, Vittoria, and Andrea Ayscue of Holly Springs, North Carolina; grandson Jason Roger Ayscue, of Raleigh, North Carolina; granddaughter Jessica Lynn Downs and husband Michael Downs and great grandsons, Emmett and Matthew Downs of Angles Camp, California. Dick graduated from John Graham High School in Warrenton, North Carolina. He immediately enlisted in the U. S. navy at the age of 17 under a minority enlistment until discharged in 1947. He served as an aviation ordnanceman and aerial gunner two combat tours in the Asiatic Pacific area with squadrons VPB4 and VPB13. He spent his entire career in retailing, beginning at the lowest level with a junior department store L. Herman Inc. in Danville ,Virginia. The store was purchased by Thalhimer Bros. in Richmond Virginia and after working in all phases of the store, was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Danville, Virginia Division. While in Danville, he was active in the community, including President of The Danville Retail Merchants Assoc. and member of the Averett University Board of Associates. Dick and his family moved to Winston Salem in 1969 as executive vice president and director for 13 Thalhimer stores. He had an intense passion and as he called it, to give something back to the community and people who did so much for him. Among the many areas, were Centenary United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of finance, chairman of staff parish relations, member of evangelism committee and usher. He also, was president of the North Carolina State Retail Merchants Association and Winston Salem Retail Merchants Association, on the board for Data Max Corp., chairman of the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee and chairman of the Historic Bethabara Park board of trustees and where he was an avid community gardener. Dick retired from the Hecht’s Stores after 42 years in retailing. Funeral services will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem Monday April 30, 2018 at 2:00pm with Reverend Craig Ford. Friends will be received in the church auditorium after the service. Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 West Fifth St., Winston Salem, North Carolina 27101 or Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Rd. Winston Salem, North Carolina.


  • Peggy Wiggs Ayscue, Wife
  • Mary Eleanor Knight, Sister
  • Donna Lynn Johnson, Daughter
  • Roger Johnson, Son-in-law
  • Steven O'Briant Ayscue, Son
  • Rocio Ayscue, Daughter-in-law
  • Natalia Ayscue, Granddaughter
  • Vittoria Ayscue, Granddaughter
  • Andrea Ayscue, Granddaughter
  • Jason Roger Ayscue, Grandson
  • Jessica Lynn Downs, Granddaughter
  • Michael Downs, Grandson-in-law
  • Emmett Downs, Great Grandson
  • Matthew Downs, Great Grandson

  • Centenary United Methodist Church
  • Historic Bethabara Park


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 30, 2018

O'Briant "Dick" Roger Ayscue

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Howard and Lou May

April 28, 2018

We first met Dick and Peggy some Twenty five years ago. They were such kind and generous people. He loved his garden and shared so many fresh vegetables with us. We loved visiting and sitting around the dining table and chatting. Peggy was such a good caregiver and she took good care of him.
We have been blessed to call Dick our friend.
He was such a dear friend and will be missed by so many whose lives he touched in so many different ways. May God bless each family member during this difficult time .
Howard and Lou May

Donna Johnson

April 27, 2018

Thank you so very much for the outpouring of love our family has felt during this difficult time! Steve and I feel so blessed to have had a wonderful dad who was able to have such a positive and lasting affect on so many people. Mom feels so overwhelmed by all the amazing memories from everyone who knew him and the great kindness shared with our family. Words cannot adequately express how much this has meant to us!