Paul Vernon Ayres

November 8, 1966July 17, 2018
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Paul Vernon Ayres, 51, of Knoxville, went to be with his Lord and Savior after a long battle with Kidney disease. He was a devoted husband, loving father and served faithfully as a Deacon for many years at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Paul was preceded by parents, Jerry and Linda; 2 brothers, Chris and Jerry Lynn. He is survived by loving wife of 30 years, Donna Ayres; 3 devoted children, Adam (Kirstie) Ayres, Ashlie (Heath) Depew and Lynsie Ayres; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Stacey Ayres; close niece, Tayler (Aaron) Wyckoff; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Linda Osborne; sister and brother-in-law, Linda (Dwayne) Daniels and several other special family and friends. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at McCarty Evergreen Funeral Home. Service will follow at 7:00pm with Rev. Wayne Trent and Rev. Archie Elliott officiating. Family and friends will meet Friday, July 20, 2018 around 10:45am for an 11:00am graveside service at Thorngrove Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at


  • Donna Ayers, Wife
  • Adam (Kristie) Ayers, Son
  • Ashlie (Heath) Depew, Daughter
  • Lynsie Aryers, Daughter
  • Mark (Stacey) Ayers, Brother
  • Taylor (Aaron) Wyckoff, Niece
  • Dan Osborne, Father-in-law
  • Linda Osborne, Mother-in-law
  • Linda (Dwayne) Daniels, Sister


  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 20, 2018

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Rachel Garbarino

July 19, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Donna and the family. Sorry, I missed the service as I am out of town. Paul was an amazing person. Trust in God and know he is in a better place.

We love you,
Rachel & Michelle

Star Burkett

July 18, 2018

Paul is such an inspiration of how a life ahould be led. I knew him briefly, but he made his impact, with his never quit attitude, and enormous smike. My heart is heavy, but my spirit soars that you are free from pain. Donna and family, you have my condolences and know he is not gone, but just waiting on your return home.

God Bless
Star Burkett

Samantha Boldin

July 18, 2018

Donna and family, We are so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. Lots of love! The girls at Belew Drug Asheville Hwy

Wayne Headrick

July 18, 2018

I have known Paul and his family for about 25 years our children went to school together and I remember Donna working at the flower shop, and taking therapy with Paul at Drayers next to Cardens drive Inn he was always smiling no matter how much pain he was in Paul taught me to grin and bare it which got me through a lot. Paul was a good friend and I will miss Him greatly.


July 18, 2018

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Betsy Mays

July 17, 2018

I grew up 2 doors down from Paul and his brothers in the Ramsey Community all our childhood years he will be missed. He always had a smile for everyone.

Michael Fernando

July 17, 2018

Papa Paul was and still remains such a positive influence in my life. He and his family opened up their hearts and their home to us on many occasions. I particularly was amazed at the kindness and love he showed to a kid from the other side of the world , with nowhere to go and no family to be around at Christmas. My favorite memory with him was sitting in his living room watching Christmas movies, decorating the tree, and all the wonderful meals that we shared with family during the holidays. He taught me that when my car gas light read, E - it didn't stand for "Enough" - I am yet to apply this lesson in my life today but his humor amazed me and I always think back to that moment when I look at my gas light (which is quite often). We may not have spent a lot of time together, but those few moments that I did get to share with Papa Paul - he always made me feel like I was part of his family. What an incredible heart and what an incredible disciple of God. It's been one of the greatest honors in my life to have met him.

Sheryl Bond

July 17, 2018

I met Paul and Donna here, on line, on Facebook. They were prepairing to go to Washington and speak on behalf of all Kidney patients. My late husband and I were impressed and appreciated his dedication to improving the quality of life for all patients.
Also, from a wifes perspective, you are an example of how a spouse, a marriage should be. Thick n thin you were a unit of one for the betterment of the whole.
I will miss you my internet friend, say hi to Ron and put in a good word for me.