Wilson Edward Ayers

March 15, 1929September 27, 2011

Norfolk – Wilson E. Ayers passed peacefully on September 27, 2011.

Mr. Ayers was a native of Norfolk, VA and a graduate of Maury High School’s veterans’ classes. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and Korea. He serviced business machines for more than 25 years, and he worked at a number of part-time jobs thereafter. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Janet H. Ayers.

Survivors include his son, Kenneth W. Ayers; daughter, Hilve Firek and husband Bob; and cousins, Helen West, Nancy Blake, and Mildred Winslow.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. A service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 30, 2011 at the funeral home chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Union Mission. You may pay condolences to the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, September 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 30, 2011

Wilson Edward Ayers

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Dale Pottorff

October 1, 2011

Sorry to heard about your Dad Hilve. Hope you find comfort in remembering the good times you had with you and your brother Kenny.
Love Uncle Dale

Emma Snodgrass

September 30, 2011

I was Mr. Wilson's neighbor for about 10 years. He was always very nice to my family and I. We will miss him dearly.

Rachael Anhalt

September 30, 2011

Mr. Wilson was a wonderful man and neighbor, he always brought me and my dogs treats. I remember him taking walks saying hello to everyone that passed, he was loved by everyone, and always will be.

Mary & Bill Holloman

September 30, 2011

Hilve, Bob and family, our prays and thoughts are with you. Wilson is part of our family, a great friend also a great neighbor. Hey Mr. Wilson as he walked twice a day was echoed from my grandchildren, Wilson always waving to them as if he was in a parade. As he loved to stop sit on the porch shoot the breeze with my husband, son and myself. As he and Janet loved to come over for our cook outs. How they both are going and have been missed. As my husband and I visited Wilson in SNH at the end of every visit we always said love you Wilson, he in response love you too......

Cheryl Davidson

September 30, 2011

It was my honor to take care of Mr. Ayers. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Stephanie Rayfield

September 30, 2011

Your father has gone to seek his destiny thanks to your love and support. What a wonderful daughter and son-in-law he had to make his final days dignified and considerate. The photo tribute is a touching reminder of a life well served. I hope his cat friends are happy to see him on the other side. Surely, the "Peace Train" needed a conductor.

John Quattlebaum

September 29, 2011

Condolences to Hilve and Bob Firek and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Chris and Susan Quattlebaum

September 29, 2011

Although it has been years since I last saw Uncle Wilson, I will always have fond memories of visiting the house in Norfolk and of Uncle Wilson and Aunt Janet. You are in my prayers...Karen Pottorff Bradley

Kendria Ellis

September 29, 2011

Hilve - I was sorry to hear about your Dad. I have memories of spending time at their house on my 14th birthday when we came back from Panama. I even have pictures of it still taken in the diningroom of your parent's house. He is with Aunt Janet and my mom. Hoping you find comfort in the memories.

Malcolm Lively

September 29, 2011

Hilve: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God grant you peace and many happy memories. The Lively Family.