OBITUARY

Edward G Ayres

April 21, 1937March 4, 2018
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Edward Gilbert Ayres

Ed was born April 21, 1937 in Cleveland, OH. He went to be with the LORD after an 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer on March 4, 2018 at 3:16 pm.

Ed served in the United States Marine Corps, being honorably discharged on June 27, 1967 as a Lance Corporal. Ed then worked for Procter and Gamble for 33 years, retiring in 1994.

Ed is survived by his wife of 53½ years, Bonnie Ayres of Madeira Beach, FL; sons, Michael and Julie Ayres and their children, Caitlin, Alannah, Logan and Parker of Medina, OH and Douglas and Melissa Ayres and their children, Amelia and Ryan of Monterey, CA and sister, Sharon Bellak of New Port Richey, FL.

A Funeral Service will be held 10:30a.m Friday, March 16, 2018 with Pastor Jerry Lancaster officiating at Starkey Road Baptist Church, 8800 Starkey Road, Seminole, FL 33777. A Committal service will be held immediately following the service at Garden Sanctuary Cemetery, 7950 131st Street North, Seminole, FL 33777. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his name to the Starkey Road Baptist Church building fund (address above).

Testimony of Edward Ayres (in his own words):

I was saved at the advanced age of 30. I say advanced because I’ve heard that 85% of Born Again Christians were saved by age 18. When I was saved, Bonnie and I had been married for 3 years and our first child was 3 months old. When I look back on it, I feel that I really should have come to the Lord many years before I actually did. I was brought up in Cleveland. My parents were members of a local Methodist church and always took me to Sunday School. We moved crosstown when I was 12 and we then attended a Lutheran church. I again was a regular at Sunday School and even went through Confirmation class as a teenager. In college I was not a church goer but I attended church when I was at home. In total, I had received considerable instruction in the Bible, but in retrospect, either the concept of individual, personal salvation was not taught in those two churches or I had been paying a lot less attention than I thought. I was convinced that I was right with God and on my way to Heaven because Jesus died for the sins of the world and that meant everybody. At least, that was my understanding then.

So, by the time I was in my late 20’s, Bonnie and I were married and living in suburban Cincinnati. We started attending a little Baptist church in the nearby town of Madeira where Bonnie’s parents and then Bonnie had recently been saved. But I was a stubborn holdout, thinking that all my earlier instruction should be good enough for me. Soon though, good preaching in that little church taught me that salvation was not given to everyone, but was an expression of God’s grace to an INDIVIDUAL who comes humbly to the Lord. I learned that Jesus died in MY place, that He bore the penalty of MY sins and that I needed to confess Him with my mouth and ask Him to be My Savior. Standing in the pew at invitation time one Sunday morning, I placed my full faith in Jesus for my personal salvation and I asked Him to save me. I’m sure He did. Bonnie and I were baptized the following month. The Lord has worked in our lives ever since we were saved. Not long after that, as a result of a particularly inspiring sermon on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as it pertains to what we put into our bodies with Him, I came home from church and threw out my small supply of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, never again to have even a single urge to use them.The chain has continued through my family, and now both of our boys and their wives and all 6 of our grandchildren are saved. Bonnie and I are quiet people, so I’ll tell you a little bit about me with this story: I was single and had been with Procter & Gamble for 2 years when I was assigned to spend 9 months learning P&G’s cost accounting procedures, after which I would become manager of cost accounting at one of P&G’s U.S. plants. The first part of training was to work in the cost accounting office of one of the Cincinnati plants for 2 ½ months. Upon my arrival there, a large group formed to welcome me with handshakes and greetings. Part way through, I noted that one member of the group was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. I overheard someone call her “Bonnie”. When I met Bonnie to shake hands, half of my brain was occupied with her beauty while the other half was trying to recall the words of a popular song of the day entitled “Bonnie Jean”. She greeted me and since my total brain was otherwise engaged, all I could manage to blurt out was, “Is your middle name Jean?”. That stopped group conversations for a few moments. What you can tell about me from this is that I can be distracted, and, if I must speak publicly, I had better have copious notes. Also, you learn that I have good judgement --- Miss Bonnie Jean (yes, that was her middle name) and I were married 7 months after we started dating, and we have been happily married now for more than 53 years.

Ed’s favorite verse: John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through His name.

Throughout all this John 3:16 has renewed special significance to us: For GOD so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.

  • FAMILY

  • Bonnie Ayres, Wife
  • Michael (Julie) Ayres, Son
  • Caitlin, Alannah, Logan and Parker Ayres, Grandchildren
  • Douglas (Melissa) Ayres, Son
  • Amelia and Ryan Ayres, Grandchildren
  • Sharon Bellak, Sister
  • DONATIONS

  • Starkey Road Baptist Church Building Fund

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Edward G Ayres

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Larry Roelofs

March 26, 2018

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We never had a year where we overspent and always had a surplus at the end of each year; a true testament to Ed’s abilities to help us manage our fiscal spending.
That wasn’t all Ed did around our Cove; he was also the chair of our Finance Committee, which reviewed our annual draft budgets for accuracy. He was also a member of our House and Grounds Committee, which is the main volunteer committee responsible for many, many chores and upgrades that keep our community beautiful. You could find Ed painting our clubhouse during that renovation, or painting the outside of the lower part of our three buildings, or helping with trimming bushes, planting palm trees or any number of other volunteer tasks, like simply going through our pool and straightening out the lounge chairs so our pool looked well cared for.
At Madeira Cove we had social gatherings put on by our Social Committee. About six to seven times a year we had a party in our clubhouse. Each party had a theme and I remember so clearly, some of the outfits Ed and Bonnie wore, especially at our Valentine’s Day parties. One time Ed showed up as a professional golfer, complete with old fashion golfing pants, shirt, hat and golf club; another time Ed and Bonnie showed up as cowboys. You could always count on Ed and Bonnie to show up dressed in the theme of the party.
I could go on for many more minutes about Ed’s value to our community, but I hope you got a small view of Ed’ life at Madeira Cove
Ed was a very valuable member of our community and a great neighbor and friend, and I am honored to have known Ed for the past 18 years and we will miss him dearly.
Thank you.

Larry Roelofs

March 26, 2018

My name is Larry Roelofs
I want to honor the memory of Ed Ayres by talking about Ed’s life at Madeira Cove, his home for the past 18 years. Ed was a great neighbor, friend and a fellow member of our Board of Directors.
Ed and I also played a lot of golf together. Ed always had a rough start when we played, but only for the first couple of holes. Then he would always find his rhythm and then you saw a beautiful drive off the tee which was straight down the middle. We would often talk in the cart about our great shots as a result our cart was usually quite. I played on Ed’s church team twice when he asked me to join him for his church’s golf tournaments at the Chi Chi Rodriguez golf club. We had great times golfing together.
At Madeira Cove, I not only speak for myself, but for all the residents of Madeira Cove as I try and tell you about Ed’s life at Madeira Cove.
Ed was our Treasurer and member of our Board of Directors for the past 8 years. During that time I was the President and had a very close relationship with Ed. He was a great team member and quarterbacked our annual budget developments. Ed created XL spread sheets along with other such information sheets that were a great help in our annual deliberations. Our annual budgets amounted to over $400,000, so they were not a trivial amount. Ed provided us with monthly spend rates during each year which helped us manage our budget. We never had a year where we overspent and always had a surplus at the end of each year; a true testament to Ed’s abilities to help us manage our fiscal spending.
That wasn’t all Ed did around our Cove; he was also the chair of our Finance Committee, which reviewed our annual draft budgets for accuracy. He was also a member of our House and Grounds Committee, which is the main volunteer committee responsible for many, many chores and upgrades that keep our community beautiful.

Robin Beaton

March 11, 2018

Ed will be remembered as a quiet, gentle soul. His humble spirit and love for His God and Bonnie have been a great example for us. We enjoyed our Wednesday evening after church outings to Chick Fil-A when we often closed the place. Until we meet again, Ed.

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Biography

Edward Gilbert Ayres

Ed was born April 21, 1937 in Cleveland, OH. He went to be with the LORD after an 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer on March 4, 2018 at 3:16 pm.

Ed served in the United States Marine Corps, being honorably discharged on June 27, 1967 as a Lance Corporal. Ed then worked for Procter and Gamble for 33 years, retiring in 1994.

Ed is survived by his wife of 53½ years, Bonnie Ayres of Madeira Beach, FL; sons, Michael and Julie Ayres and their children, Caitlin, Alannah, Logan and Parker of Medina, OH and Douglas and Melissa Ayres and their children, Amelia and Ryan of Monterey, CA and sister, Sharon Bellak of New Port Richey, FL.

A Funeral Service will be held 10:30a.m Friday, March 16, 2018 with Pastor Jerry Lancaster officiating at
Starkey Road Baptist Church, 8800 Starkey Road, Seminole, FL 33777. A Committal service will be held immediately following the service at Garden Sanctuary Cemetery, 7950 131st Street North, Seminole, FL 33777. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his name to the Starkey Road Baptist Church building fund (address above).

Testimony of Edward Ayres (in his own words):

I was saved at the advanced age of 30. I say advanced because I’ve heard that 85% of Born Again Christians were saved by age 18. When I was saved, Bonnie and I had been married for 3 years and our first child was 3 months old. When I look back on it, I feel that I really should have come to the Lord many years before I actually did. I was brought up in Cleveland. My parents were members of a local Methodist church and always took me to Sunday School. We moved crosstown when I was 12 and we then attended a Lutheran church. I again was a regular at Sunday School and even went through Confirmation class as a teenager. In college I was not a church goer but I attended church when I was at home. In total, I had received considerable instruction in the Bible, but in retrospect, either the concept of individual, personal salvation was not taught in those two churches or I had been paying a lot less attention than I thought. I was convinced that I was right with God and on my way to Heaven because Jesus died for the sins of the world and that meant everybody. At least, that was my understanding then.

So, by the time I was in my late 20’s, Bonnie and I were married and living in suburban Cincinnati. We started attending a little Baptist church in the nearby town of Madeira where Bonnie’s parents and then Bonnie had recently been saved. But I was a stubborn holdout, thinking that all my earlier instruction should be good enough for me. Soon though, good preaching in that little church taught me that salvation was not given to everyone, but was an expression of God’s grace to an INDIVIDUAL who comes humbly to the Lord. I learned that Jesus died in MY place, that He bore the penalty of MY sins and that I needed to confess Him with my mouth and ask Him to be My Savior. Standing in the pew at invitation time one Sunday morning, I placed my full faith in Jesus for my personal salvation and I asked Him to save me. I’m sure He did. Bonnie and I were baptized the following month. The Lord has worked in our lives ever since we were saved. Not long after that, as a result of a particularly inspiring sermon on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as it pertains to what we put into our bodies with Him, I came home from church and threw out my small supply of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, never again to have even a single urge to use them.The chain has continued through my family, and now both of our boys and their wives and all 6 of our grandchildren are saved. Bonnie and I are quiet people, so I’ll tell you a little bit about me with this story: I was single and had been with Procter & Gamble for 2 years when I was assigned to spend 9 months learning P&G’s cost accounting procedures, after which I would become manager of cost accounting at one of P&G’s U.S. plants. The first part of training was to work in the cost accounting office of one of the Cincinnati plants for 2 ½ months. Upon my arrival there, a large group formed to welcome me with handshakes and greetings. Part way through, I noted that one member of the group was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. I overheard someone call her “Bonnie”. When I met Bonnie to shake hands, half of my brain was occupied with her beauty while the other half was trying to recall the words of a popular song of the day entitled “Bonnie Jean”. She greeted me and since my total brain was otherwise engaged, all I could manage to blurt out was, “Is your middle name Jean?”. That stopped group conversations for a few moments. What you can tell about me from this is that I can be distracted, and, if I must speak publicly, I had better have copious notes. Also, you learn that I have good judgement --- Miss Bonnie Jean (yes, that was her middle name) and I were married 7 months after we started dating, and we have been happily married now for more than 53 years.

Ed’s favorite verse: John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through His name.

Throughout all this John 3:16 has renewed special significance to us: For GOD so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.