Thomas Ayers

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Thomas Ayers

AGE: 82 • Neptune

Thomas Ayers, 82, of Neptune, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Specialty Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. He was born in Fairfax, SC and was raised in Brooklyn, NY and after graduating high school joined the United States Army where he served 25 years as a Military Policeman, he was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After retirement from the U.S. Army, he was employed by Bell Atlantic Telephone Co. for 17 years. He moved to Neptune in 1970, and joined Bethel A.M.E Church, Asbury Park, where he was a devoted member and served on the Trustee Board, Lay Organization, Senior Usher Board and Sea Coast Ushers Union. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Freemasons, serving as Past District Deputy 5th District for the State Of New Jersey, Past Deputy At Large For The Most Worshipful Oriental Grand Lodge Of AF&AM, 33Degree Inspector General, Mystic Shriner, 32Degree Consistory, Knights Templar, Lodge Of Perfection-Thrise Prussian, Royal Arch-High Priest, Past Worshipful Master St. Paul #59.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lela Ayers; son, Gregory; daughter, Tracey; granddaughter, Virginia; daughter in-law, Zena; and adopted godparents, George and Edith Baker. He is survived by his loving faithful and devoted wife, Dorothy Ayers; sons, Michael Ayers (Pica) of NY, Ronnie Ayers of NJ, Derrick Ayers of NY, and Alphonso Ayers of NJ; daughters, Regina Ayers-Orr (William) of NY, Loretta Ayers of VA, and Phyllis Ayers-Cook (Brian) of NC; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, James Loadholt of SC; sister, Betty Castillo of NY; aunt, Sophia Sallard of NY; very special cousins, Prince and Rosa Loadholt; godsister, Pearl Mosley of NJ; and 9 godchildren.

The viewing and funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at Bethel AME Church, 1001 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712. Viewing from 10 to 11 a.m., 11 to 11:30 a.m. ceremony by Sea Coast Ushers, 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon Masonic Ritualistic Service, followed by Celebration of Life services. Internment in Monmouth Memorial Park, Route 33, Tinton Falls, followed by repass at Bethel AME Church, Asbury Park. Funeral Services entrusted to Ely Funeral Home, Neptune, and condolences may also be made online at


Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 24, 2012
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