OBITUARY

Donald "Donnie" Austin Ayers

July 19, 1958September 29, 2013

Mr. Donald Austin Ayers, lovingly known as “Donnie” age 55, Garden Lakes Community, Rome, GA, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in a local hospital. Mr. Ayers was born on July 19, 1958 in Rome, GA, son of the late Ralph E and Constance Irwin Ayers. He was raised in Rome and was a charter member of The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. As a young adult he was employed at RCW and the Floyd Training Center. Donnie was a special needs adult, beloved by all. He was a sports fanatic; Braves, Falcons, Nascar, GA Bulldogs and the former Atlanta Flames and Thrashers. He had a strong imagination. He enjoyed NASA, Wizard of OZ, The Three Stooges, emergency vehicles, baseballs and bats and had an extensive collection of shirts to support all of his teams and interests. He was an avid shopper and if the saying, “The one with the most toys wins!” Donnie hit the jackpot. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by two sisters, Susan E and Sarah “Sally” M Ayers and a brother in law, Jim Felkel. Survivors include sisters Brenda Otting , Rome and Mary Felkel, Elkton, FL. His beloved “Big Bro”, Robert Ayers and his wife Diane of Rome, four nieces, Sally Maddox (Shelby), Rome, Susan Collins (Doc), Hawkinsville, GA, Jeri Thornton (Julian), Jacksonville, AL, and Barbara Compton (Bobo), Silver Creek, GA also survive. In addition Mr. Ayers is survived by four great nephews, Brandon Maddox, Rome, Tyler Compton and Jeremy King, Silver Creek and DJ Collins, Hawkinsville, GA; one great niece, Sydney Collins, Hawkinsville, GA and Jim’s children and their families, Brenda Boyd(Tony,Matthew, Elizabeth), Leize Shirah(Ava, Audrey), and Jimmy Felkel. Special friend Trinity Bragg and his beloved caregivers, Mark Vinson and Ann Bosarge also survive. A celebration of life for Mr. Ayers was held Thursday, October 3 at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, Rome, with visitation beginning at 4 PM and the service at 6 PM. In honor of Donnie the family will be wearing his favorite Tee shirts and jerseys from his extensive collection and invites everyone to join us in wearing one of theirs. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the Rome Braves Miracle Field, 755 Braves Blvd, Rome, GA 30161 or The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 304 Coker Dr, Rome, GA 30165

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 3, 2013
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Donald "Donnie" Austin Ayers

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Kevin Hollister

November 22, 2013

I will miss you my friend Love Kevin Hollister

Cindy Jackson

October 5, 2013

Donnie was such a wonderful person. I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with him and his family. I cannot say enough kind things about this family. I will truly miss seeing Donnie each month.

Helen Hall

October 2, 2013

So sorry he's gone and so glad he is with our best--he was such a postive presence in our lives--and his life was made so wonderfull by the love and care he received from his siblings,his caregivers and of course the Dad and Mom(and two sisters and brother-in-law ) who have been waiting for his arrival in that better place.
Love and hugs and blessings on you all as you send him "up"..
Uncle Donnie(his birthday buddy) and Aunt Helen.
Know you are all in our prayers.

Marvin Waldrep

October 2, 2013

I will always remember Donnie at church as a happy young man with a very loving and faithful family. My deepest sympathy to those so close to him. May he rest in peace.

JO BIRD COOK-MATHIS

October 2, 2013

REST IN PEACE DONNIE! NO MORE SORROW-NO MORE PAIN! LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY AND BIG HUGS FOR YOU IN HEAVEN ! ROME BRAVES AND EVERYONE WILL MISS YOU!
TILL WE MEET AGAIN-HAPPY TRAILS !

JO BIRD COOK-MATHIS
ROME BRAVES TICKET OFFICE

Edwin Black

October 1, 2013

Mary, Brenda, Robert: My deepest sympathy in your loss. I remember Donnie being such an inspiring little champ at church 50 years ago. Blessings to you all. --Ed Black, Atlanta

Bethany McPherson

October 1, 2013

Donnie was like a big brother to me growing up! I remember when I started dating in high school, he would say he was going to put my boyfriend in the space shuttle and send him to the moon! I remember fling to their house, playing wheel of fortune on the computer....great memories!!

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