Randall Ayers

May 22, 1947July 10, 2013

Dr. Randall Dwight Ayers, age 66, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at his home. He was born on May 22, 1947, in Douglas, Ala. to O. Dwight and Louise Montgomery Ayers.

Randall grew up in Sand Mountain, Ala. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama where he received a degree in Chemistry and later completed medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1973. His years of post-graduate training prepared him to settle down in Tuscaloosa where he practiced rheumatology and touched countless lives. He was a dedicated doctor for 35 years and was devoted to his patients who he considered family.

Randall was a Fellow of The American College of Physicians and also Fellow of American College of Rheumatology. He served on the Medical Assurance of Alabama Board on both the Physicians Claims and Underwriting Committee and also the Committee for Continuing Medical Education for 33 years. Randall was currently appointed as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama, College of Community Health Sciences. To say that Randall was a brilliant doctor would be an understatement. These were just a few of his distinguished honors, certifications, academic appointments, and professional society activities throughout his career, but he was most proud of his title of “PawPaw,” given by his granddaughter, Lauren.

Randall was a former Deacon and active member of First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, where he enjoyed his weekly Men's Prayer Breakfast, made multiple trips to Kenya to assist in bringing clean water to the Tumutumu hospital, and volunteered within Tuscaloosa County with Habitat for Humanity.

Randall cherished every moment with his family and friends. His laugh was unmistakable and his heart genuine. He loved teaching Lauren how to hunt and looked forward to his annual South Dakota hunting trip with the “Alabama Boys.” He was an avid outdoorsman and his passion for training his Labradors won him several Master National Hunter awards. Randall was always working in his garden and recently added the title of Beekeeper to his list of accomplishments. He loved nothing more in this world than his wife, Jeannie. They enjoyed life to the fullest together and had many great adventures. Randall was a good man and you were lucky to call him friend. We shall love and cherish our memories of him all our days.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; his son, Robert Gambrell and wife Erica; his granddaughter, Lauren; his sister, Linda Lacks; his nephews, Scott (Christy) and Chad Lacks; and numerous other relatives, including the only person who could keep “Doc” in line, Mrs. Lola Gay. His longtime nurse and best friend, Judy Moore, worked by his side for 33 years.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. today, July 12, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. A visitation will be held immediately following the memorial service at First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Charlie Durham will lead the service. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Kenyan Mission Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

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Latonya Woods

August 29, 2013

Dr.Ayers made me feel better about everything. I know a lot of people don't look forward to seeing a Dr. but I was excited to go each time. I pray that his family finds comfort and strength to deal with the loss of a compassionate and loving soul.

Patricia Richardson

July 28, 2013

Dr Ayers was the only doctor that was able to diagnose my condition over 20 years ago(Lupus)and I remained his patient. He was a very compassionate doctor who over time became a friend. He will be truly missed and my prayers go out to his family.

Valarie Bethea

July 26, 2013

He was my doctor for the last 15 yrs. I appreciated him and will miss him more than any words can express!

Tinalania Watkins

July 23, 2013

Dr. Ayers will truly be missed! He was an outstanding doctor and helped his patients any way he could. God has a plan for us all, Our sorrow that Randall was taken so soon from us but he is rejoicing with the Lord. He treated my Mother and I for many years.

Phyllis Parker

July 17, 2013

To Mrs. Ayers & Family, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Ayers. He treated my mother, my sister, Regina Parker Brand, & finally me. He was a compassionate man, who surprised me constantly with information pertaining to my condition, PMR...Polymylagia Rheumatica. Please know that you & your Family are in my prayers. Phyllis A. Parker

Darwin Zerfoss

July 17, 2013

We will truly miss Randall here in South Dakota for our annual pheasant hunts. Randall and the "Bama" boys have become a part of our family. He is the true definition of a southern gentlemen.Jeannie our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

Wendy Bramlett

July 16, 2013

I was so shocked and very saddened to hear about Dr. Ayer's passing. He had been doctor for many years and he was wonderful. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was a wonderful man and an excellent doctor.
WendI was so shocked and very saddened to hear about Dr. Ayer's passing. He had been doctor for many years and he was wonderful. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was a wonderful man and an excellent doctor.

Carla Whitten Bedwell

July 16, 2013

Saddened to learn about Dr. Ayers. God sent me to him several years ago for my severe lupus and other autoimmune issues. He promised at that time to keep me going, and I don't think I would have made it this long without him. One of the most brilliant doctors I've ever known, and such a humanitarian.
My prayers and my deepest sympathy for his family and friends. God bless.

Gena & Tommy Kilgore

July 16, 2013

Jeannie, Randall was a great Doctor and he will be missed. We have a friendship that I hope we will always feed. My love and prayers to you and your family at this time. Gena and Tommy Kilgore

Hope Thomas

July 15, 2013

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Ayers. I have been under his care for the last two years and never have I encountered a Doctor with such a kind, caring bedside manner. My thoughts and prayers go out to the surviving family, as well as the dedicated office staff. Truly a loss here on earth, but a definite gain of an extraordinary angel in Heaven. Rest in peace my beloved Dr. Ayers...