JOHN H. & WILLIE M. AYRES
Van Alstyne Leader
May 5, 1927
Mrs. J.H. Ayres
The hearts of this community were saddened at the passing
of Mrs. J.H. Ayres at 4:30 o'clock Saturday morning, April 30th. She was
loved by all who knew her and was held in high esteem as a friend and neighbor.
Mrs. Ayres was born near Kentuckytown, Texas April
9, 1862, as Willie Ellen Morgan.In January 1886 she was married to J.H.
Ayres, who survives.To this union there were born seven children, six of
At the age of nine she united with the Christian Church,
remaining a consistent adherent of that faith until her death.She has been
a member of the local Christian Church for more than twenty years.
Several months ago, Mrs. Ayres was stricken with an
illness from which she was unable to recover, despite the most skillful
medical treatment.Within the past few weeks she grew gradually weaker,
until on April 30, the end came.Mrs. Ayres impressed those who met her
as a woman of exceptional discernment.In her home and in her relations
with friends and neighbors, as long as her health permitted, she was an
example of splendid womanhood.Her devotion to her family was beautiful
and inspiring and her spirit has been a guide to each of her children and
a blessing to her husband.She was faithful in the performance of the obligations
she owed to her Church and the God whom she loved.
Funeral services were held at the First Christian
Church at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, May 1st.The services were conducted
by Rev. Lou Johnston, of Greenville, assisted by Rev. Elmer D. Henson.
The casket was decked with beautiful floral arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, J.H. Ayres, and six
children: Ammonette, Walter Ayres, Douglas Ayres, Alvin Ayres, all of Van
Alstyne, and Mrs. Virgil Jackson of McKinney.Also a sister, Mrs. Will Honne
of Greenville, and two brothers, Jim Stout of Alvord, Texas and Henry Stout
of Houston, Texas.
Active pallbearers were: Jim G. Kitching, Cage Hunter,
Cap Hartwie, J.A. Douglas, P.M. Marshall, J.M. Lewallen and George Robinson.
Honorary pallbearers were: Hardin Kepler, J.H. Sheid,
Curley Judd, J.R. Moore, Ben Nunnalee, Willie House, Earl Jones, Bye Edwards,
L.A. Cartwright, Capt. G.W. Kidd and Dr. S.D. Moore.
Van Alstyne Leader
May 19, 1927
Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs.
J.H. Ayres, 65 years old, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stone
Marshall following a long illness. The services were conducted at the First
Christian chapel with Rev. Leo Johnston of Greenville, Rev. C.B. Fielder
of Roxton and Rev. E.D. Henson, pastor of the church officiating. Interment
was made at the Van Alstyne cemetery.
Surviving are the husband and several children and
Pallbearers were as follows: Jim G. Kitching, Cage
Hunter, L. Hartwig, J.A. Douglas, P.M. Marshall, J.M. Lewallen, George
Robinson. Active: W.H. Kepler, J. Sheld, W.C. Judd, J.H. Moore, R. Nunnallee,
W.H. House, Earl Jones, L.R. Edwards, L.A. Cartwright, Dr. S.D. Moore,
Capt. G.W. Kidd, honorary.