Jack Ayres

September 14, 1932November 7, 2011

Billy Jack Ayres, age 79, a longtime resident of Copperas Cove passed away Monday, the seventh day of November, two thousand and eleven in a Killeen hospital.

Billy Jack was born the fourteenth day of September, nineteen hundred and thirty two in Gatesville, Texas to Willie Edward Ayres and Laura (Graham) Ayres.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove where he was currently serving as the Chairman of the Congregation, Chairman of the Men’s Club and over the years has served in many other capacities as need to help out the congregation. He attended and received his Master’s Degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. After graduation, he began what he enjoyed which was teaching and working in the education field. In 1992, after thirty seven years with Copperas Cove Independent School District, he retired as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. After retirement, he remained active in education by serving one term on the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board.

After retirement, he spent his time working in his yard, gardening, traveling, cooking, and taking afternoon naps. He enjoyed old friends and meeting new ones. Most of all, he had a sincere love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Billy Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and four sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty two years, Dolores Ayres of Copperas Cove; a son, Michael Ayres and his wife Tracey of Copperas Cove; two daughters, Melanie Dunn, MD and her husband David of Nashville, TN and Marsha Fauver and her husband Scott of Cypress, TX; six grandchildren, Christopher, Johnathon, Alex, Brooke, Courtney and Brandon; a brother, Jerry Ayres of The Grove and a sister, Marjorie Bone of Stephenville.

The Ayres family will receive guests for a time of visitation from six o’clock in the evening until eight o’clock in the evening on Friday, the eleventh day of November at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Funeral services will be at Ten o’clock in the morning Saturday, the twelfth day of November at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove with Pastor Robert Wagner officiating. Interment services will follow in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry Gayle Ayres, Cloyd Bryant, Art Dillon, Max Heiner, Wade Heiner and Tommy Tippit. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Ayres, Johnathon Ayres, Alex Dunn, Brooke Fauver, Courtney Dunn and Brandon Fauver.

In place of usual remembrances, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Memory of Mr. Billy Jack Ayres, 922 Lutheran Church Road, Copperas Cove, Texas, 76522 or to the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Services have been entrusted to the care of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.


  • Visitation Friday, November 11, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 12, 2011

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Joyce (Brinegar) Ward

December 9, 2011

Our hearts go out to you. Mr.Ayres was principal during my elementary school years. Always fair and delighted in his students. A wonderful man and he will be greatly missed.

Pastor & Alice Manus

November 28, 2011

Delores and Family,
We thank you for letting us know of Jack's passing into the Church Triumphant. His kind ways and sincere faith are never forgotten. We know that you share his love for Christ and that you will find comfort in Him. With love,

Brooke Fauver

November 17, 2011

I know that this is difficult for you but i am always here for you and i want you to know that! Papa was very special to me, he was my only grandfather for half of my life and he did the job of two. He was always there as were you. Both of you were always there when i needed you, and i have no clue what i would do without you! I love you so much! Stay strong! :*

November 13, 2011

Willie and Glendene Brooks:

We send our deepest sympathy to all of you. Special love to Marsha, who was one of my G/T students when I taught in Copperas Cove.
Mr. Ayers was so kind to our whole family. We remember him always having a smile for everyone.

November 12, 2011

He was my principal at Halstead. He was a wonderful man. Always fair with the students. Prayers for the family,

Nana Beth Berry Sloneker

Alice Boggs

November 12, 2011

Dear Ayres Family, Mr. Ayres hired me in 1973 and was so special to me from then on. He always had a smile and time for a kind word. I will miss him.

Jackie & Billy Boutwell

November 11, 2011

Dolores and family I am so very sorry for your loss of Jack. He was such a wonderful Uncle who I have such fond memories of. I wish we could be there for the services but know our thoughts and prayers are with you and we keep you in our hearts.

Gwen Burton

November 11, 2011

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ayres Family.As a young military wife I taught at Miss Jewell Elementary.(1988-1998)I remember the day Mr. Ayres came with Christopher to register for school.He loved his children and grandchildren.He wanted the best education possible for Christopher.He always wanted an update on his progress.Prayers of peace and comfort during this time.
Roy and Gwen Burton and Family
Killeen, Tx.

November 11, 2011

Dear Delores & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Words can not express the love and respect our family will always have for the wonderful man Jack Ayres was, and the relationship we shared through the years. May god comfort all of you. Love, Paul, Kim & Brandi Buckley

Steve Rooks

November 11, 2011

Dear Mrs. Ayres and Family:

Mr. Ayres was a wonderful man and a great example for all those who knew him as an educator.