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Oscar Ayers Jr., age 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2014, at University Hospital in Augusta, GA. He was a lifelong resident of Brown County before leaving in 2010 to spend some time with his daughters in North Augusta, SC.
Oscar was born May 1, 1930, in Brown County, to the late Arnold and Mertie (Skinner) Ayers. He was a 1948 graduate of Van Buren High School and went on to serve as a Sergeant with the United States Army during the Korean War. After the war, Oscar continued to serve his county as a member of the Indiana National Guard and as a Civil Service worker at Camp Atterbury for more than 25 years, retiring in 1979. After retirement, Oscar became an avid collector and seller of antiques.
He is survived by his children, Eva (Steve) Wolford of North Augusta, SC, Cheryl (Tom) Hendrickson of Helmsburg, Teresa Ayers of Statesville, NC, Becky (Gene) Fallaw of North Augusta, SC, and Byron (Shannon) Ayers of Brown County; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Oscar was preceded in death by his siblings, Burnell Ayers, Don Ayers and Ann Pruitt.
Oscar attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, both in Indiana and South Carolina, and was a 50-year member of Nashville Masonic Lodge No. 135. Other memberships include the Edinburgh American Legion Post No. 233 and the Brown County Bucks & Does Square Dance Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and caring for his small animals, especially his dogs. Oscar also enjoyed oil painting and was a fan of bluegrass music and looked forward to the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom every year.
The Rev. Harold Summers will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Nashville Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Bishop Matthew Semadeni will conduct a committal service following the funeral Saturday at Mount Zion Cemetery in Nashville, with military rites presented by Brown County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Oscar to the Brown County Humane Society, P.O. Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the Ayers family at www.meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670.